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Converting Your Pictures Into Oil Paintings

Oil paint is referred to as one of the world’s great classic media. It has been popular through the centuries and proven with its steadfast color and general durability.

There are several reasons behind artists’ love for oils, the most common being versatility. They can fully opaque or have some level of transparency, depending on the amount of solvent used. Drying time is also long enough for the artist to be able to make corrections without making unintended changes.

People usually wonder what materials oil paints are made of. Oil paints are suspensions of pigments that stick together through a binder, such as linseed oil. They may also contain other ingredients, like dryers or stabilizers, depending on the manufacturer.

When it comes to support, linen, boards, heavy papers and canvas all make good options. Of course, the support should be strong enough to carry itself and the paint’s weight. As well, the support should be prepared properly for the paint to adhere. The oil paint should be separated from its support through a tooth and absorbency combination that depends on the individual artist.

Below are the most popular methods of oil painting used by artists through the centuries:

Direct Painting

Direct painting involves a single layer application of paint. This could be done in one sitting, requiring no waiting time for another layer to be applied.

Indirect Painting

This approach is more intricate and traditional, the artist applying several layers of paint and adjusting transparencies to create the desired effect. Indirect painting can produce tones and colors with high luminosity.

Fat Over Lean

This is an old, fundamental rule of painting: fat paint contains more oil than lean paint. By adding more medium, artists usually make each added layer fatter than the layers before it. The more oil there is in paint, the more flexible it is.

Impasto Painting

The impasto technique uses thicker paints with physical dimensionality. This should be done with caution however, as thick layers of paint tend to crack while they dry. For better results, knowledgeable and experienced painters integrate smaller areas of the technique.

How to Protect Your Oil Painting

Just by applying a coat of protective varnish on a finished oil painting, you will be able to extend its life. However, a painting may have to be dried for six to twelve months before it can be safe to apply this protective layer. Of course, at the end of the day, it is still the artist’s expertise and the quality of materials used, that dictate the longevity of a painting. A good artist isn’t only concerned about doing art, but also about immortalizing his works.

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