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Decorations – Getting Started & Next Steps

Reasons to Convert Photos 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. It also takes a while before the paint dries, so the artist has enough time to make corrections as needed without causing unwanted changes.

People often wonder what oil paints are made of. Oil paints are suspensions of pigments that stick together through a binder, such as linseed oil. They can also contain dryers or stabilizers or any other ingredients, depending on the manufacturing company.

When it comes to support, linen, boards, heavy papers and canvas all make good options. The support should of course be able to carry its own weight, including the weight of the paint. The support also needs to be prepared correctly for the paint to adhere. Some type of ground should separate the oil from its support using the right mix of tooth and absorbency, depending on the individual artist.

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

Direct Painting

In direct painting, the paint is applied in a single layer. This could be done in one sitting, requiring no waiting time for another layer to be applied.

Indirect Painting

This technique is more complex and traditional, with the painter adding many layers of paint and manipulating transparencies to achieve the desired outcome. Indirect painting can produce tones and colors with high luminosity.

Fat Over Lean

This is a basic rule of painting: fat paint has more oil in it, while lean paint has less oil in it. By adding more medium, artists usually make each added layer fatter than the layers before it. Paint with more oil is more flexible.

Impasto Painting

The impasto technique adds physical dimensionality to a painting by using thicker paints. This must be performed with caution though since thick layers of paint can crack while drying. Expert painters integrate smaller areas of this technique for better results.

Protecting a Finished 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, 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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