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Thinking About Oil

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Today was the last day of school. This means that I am now free to go to Art Friend and buy a box of student oil paints. Or maybe I can borrow from the art room. Hmm…

Swore-Never-To-Use-Acrylic-Again Acrylic Painting (SNTUAAAP, pronounced AAARGH) is getting along okay, slowly, but okay. Well, as ‘okay’ as a painting can be when you’re not really painting, just using the back cover of Newsweek to prevent your hand from smudging the graphite from the pencil.


For those artists who may be on a tight budget but still want a descent [sic] quality surface to paint on, then canvas pads are a good choice. Canvas pads come in a variety of different sizes and are great for beginners who are just starting out. Canvas pads are great for practice or doing studies. Make certain you get a heavy weight canvas pad suitable to hold oil paint.

Yeah. So I think I’ll go buy one sometime.

Crap, this was meant to be a long and in-depth kind of thing but I was watching The Guild and it’s almost 11pm, so no more for now.


Written by krysjez

May 27, 2010 at 10:44 pm

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No-stretch anti-cockling solution for paper?

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I am too impatient to stretch paper before I use it. If a painting cockles, I turn it face down on a smooth, clean surface and wipe all over the back with a damp cloth. Then I put a drawing board over it, weight it down and leave it to dry. The cockling disappears as if by magic!

Terry Harrison, Brush with Acrylics: Painting the easy way

Gotta try this sometime. I’m really impatient as well, plus every time I try to stretch paper I just end up getting adhesive on my window and an unstretched piece of paper.

Written by krysjez

February 6, 2010 at 9:01 pm