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: Oil painting Dryng time??

05-13-2020, 11:04 PM
I have just started with canvas oil painting. I watch Bob Ross videos on you tube. Yesterday night I did one oil painting (wet on wet technique) . Its close to 24 hours and yet the canvas is wet. So.can you please let me know how long it takes to dry up so I can hang it on my wall.

05-15-2020, 06:39 AM
Dry time depends on several factors such as brand of paint (amount/type of carrier, etc), how much it is thinned and what is used to do it, thickness of application, etc. A painting can take as little as one - two days or six months or more to dry.

So, put the canvas aside in a well ventilated room with minimal dust, and check it regularly - it is a slow process that can't be rushed after the painting is complete. However, Liquin can be added to the paints (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Liquin) (mixed on the palette) to hasten drying.

"Well ventilated room" is important for two reasons. Most obvious is the odor of linseed oil will be a constant reminder that the painting is there until it has all evaporated. Good ventilation will also hasten the drying process by carrying off the evaporating oil.

05-15-2020, 02:16 PM
Thank you for the detailed information. I appreciate your help!