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Oil paint is considered to be one of the great classic media. It has been popular through the centuries and proven with its steadfast color and general durability.

Artists love oils for several reasons, and of the most common is versatility. They may be completely opaque or transparent in varying degrees, depending on how much solvent is used. They are also slow to dry, giving artists more than enough time to make necessary corrections without making unwanted changes.

People often wonder what oil paints are made of. Oil paints are basically pigments suspended in a binder, such as linseed oil. They may also contain other ingredients, like dryers or stabilizers, depending on the manufacturer.

In terms of support, heavy papers, linen, canvas, boards and linen are all appropriate choices. Of course, the support should be strong enough to carry itself and the paint’s weight. The support also needs to be prepared correctly 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.

There are different methods used by oil painters through the years, and the following are the most popular:

Direct Painting

In direct painting, the paint is applied in a single layer. This technique can be done in one sitting and needs no waiting time for the next layer to be added.

Indirect Painting

This is a more complicated and traditional approach, in which the painter applies more than one layer of paint, adjusting transparencies until the intended result is produced. Indirect painting can create highly luminous colors and tones.

Fat Over Lean

This is an old, fundamental rule of painting: fat paint contains more oil than lean paint. With the addition of more medium, artists often add fatter layers than those under. The more oil there is in paint, the more flexible it is.

Impasto Painting

The impasto technique uses thicker paints with physical dimensionality. This must be performed with caution though since thick layers of paint can crack while drying. Pros integrate smaller areas of this technique to produce a better outcome.

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. But it can take six months to a year for a painting to dry completely, making it safe to add this finishing layer. Of course, at the end of the day, a painting’s longevity still rests on the expertise of the artist, as well as on the quality of the materials he used. A good artist isn’t only concerned about doing art, but also about immortalizing his works.

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