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: Learning about drying oil paintings


TerryCurley
04-23-2015, 11:19 AM
My main complaint about using oil has been it's drying time. Yet I love the fact that because it doesn't dry fast I can manipulate the picture for a long time to make adjustments, however waiting a week or even two between sections of the picture was driving me nuts. When I use acrylic I only have a few minutes to make adjustments it dries so quickly and believe me I make a lot of adjustments.

I discovered what I was doing wrong. To thin the paint I was using Walnut Oil -- which actually extends the drying time of the paint. What I should have been using is Walnut Alkyd Oil which speeds up the drying time of the paint.....UGH!

I found out that if you purchase alkyd oil paints or add an alkyd medium they will dry overnight, that makes it a lot easier to do layers like doing fur.

Thank you Wilson Bickford and Jason Morgan for imparting this knowledge on me and I now pass it on.

Bushcraftonfire
04-23-2015, 11:40 AM
Good info Terry.. Thanks!

PS - I have a clown that I painted when I was 12 (I'm 56 now) I think it's still drying.. ROTFLOL!

TerryCurley
04-23-2015, 11:46 AM
Good info Terry.. Thanks!

PS - I have a clown that I painted when I was 12 (I'm 56 now) I think it's still drying.. ROTFLOL!

OMG that's hilarious!

cjm1972
04-23-2015, 12:27 PM
Good info Terry.. Thanks!

PS - I have a clown that I painted when I was 12 (I'm 56 now) I think it's still drying.. ROTFLOL!

Made me laugh so hard, I actually snorted like a pig.
Thanks for that David, haven't laughed in a while. :)

chanda95
04-23-2015, 12:59 PM
LOL! David - love having you here. That's too funny.

Bushcraftonfire
04-23-2015, 02:09 PM
Thank You!! I'm glad to be here :)