How to Make Oil Paints Work Like Watercolors

Oil paints can be really annoying. No matter what you do to them, they stick to everything. Here is the trick to making oils into something that actually works, and is surprisingly more effective than watercolors!

Steps

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    Obtain turpenoid or odorless solvent and assemble your painting materials in a well-ventilated room. You need a consistent flow of fresh air because turpenoid or odorless solvent releases toxic fumes.
    • You will want a room with lots of windows you can open as well as plenty of natural light.
    • You can buy odorless paint thinners at art supplies shops and hardware stores. However, you still need to be in a well-ventilated environment.
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    Dip your paintbrush into the turpenoid or odorless solvent and mix a small amount with your paint color. Smear the paint around the palette until the boldness of the color is gone and it's runny. The more solvent, the more liquefied the oil paint is.
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    Apply the paint to your painting. Repeat process when changing colors. Be sure to change the turpentine every so often so that you don't contaminate your colors.

Tips

  • This concoction actually works better than watercolors because the colors remain the same rather than transforming after drying!
  • ALWAYS use primed canvas. Watercolor paper can be ruined by turpentine.

Warnings

  • Turpentine can cause headaches or dizziness if air circulation is poor in the room.

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Categories: Oil Painting