by FAS grad Christina Cooper
by FAS grad Pam Rice
by FAS grad Robert Heindel
by FAS grad Charles Reid
by FAS instructor Dolph LeMoult
Mixing oil paints: In using oil paints, you first squeeze little piles of different colors along the edge of your palette. The colors can then be picked up with either a brush, a painting knife, or a palette knife, and placed on a clean area near the center of the palette. If you use a brush, you can quickly wipe the brush with a rag and pick up another color that you want to add to the first one. You can then mix these with the brush or, if you’re using a larger amount, it might be preferable to do the mixing with your painting knife. During the mixing of your colors on the palette, dip your brush or your knife in the liquid medium that you’re using, and then blend a small amount of this medium into the mixture. The amount of medium you use will control how thick or thin you want the paint to be.
Drying time: Oil paints dry very slowly. The drying time is affected by many things—humidity, paint thickness, and the kind of medium which is mixed with the paint. Here are some suggestions: Be sure to mix some medium with all the paint you apply, as this aids drying. You can use turpentine or a ready-prepared painting mixture.
If the paint still takes too long to dry, you may wish to add a special drier. You can add this to your medium. Cobalt drier is perhaps the best; add only a few drops, however, for if you use too much it may make the paint brittle. Check with your local art supply store for suggestions that will be appropriate for the climate where you live and the type of painting you usually do.