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Painting: Painting with Oils
Discuss Oil painting techniques.
my oil paint appears to be fading
sherwood
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Posted: Sunday, January 16, 2011 - 04:41 PM UTC
i have been painting oils over acrylics. everything looks great for a few days, but then the oil paint seems to be fading, losing the initial luster. three concerns i have are:
1. i may be using too much thinner.
2. i should put a final coat of something over the figure after completion with the oils.
3. i should be priming the figure as opposed to painting directly onto the super sculpey (or the magic-sculpt).

has anyone had this problem before?
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Posted: Sunday, January 16, 2011 - 07:10 PM UTC
I noticed oils losing their sheen after quick-drying in the drybox... I guess the bulb was giving too much heat and the oils ended up drying very fast but also to a very flat finish.

There are many more experienced people on this site, so hopefully they will notice this tread and reply.

Mario
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Posted: Monday, January 17, 2011 - 01:12 AM UTC

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i have been painting oils over acrylics. everything looks great for a few days, but then the oil paint seems to be fading, losing the initial luster. three concerns i have are:
1. i may be using too much thinner.
2. i should put a final coat of something over the figure after completion with the oils.
3. i should be priming the figure as opposed to painting directly onto the super sculpey (or the magic-sculpt).

has anyone had this problem before?



I've been using oils for figure painting for years, so hopefully I can help.

Always prime the figure first! whatever the base material.
I personally always undercoat with the base colour using enamel or acrylic, eg: flesh tone for faces; then paint thinned oils over the top blending wet-on-wet to get the final result
As most figure painters are looking for a flat finish, then force drying under a moderate heat source will help to achieve this, if you want a lustre finish then let the paint dry naturally or use less thinner (this can leave more visible brush strokes though!)
sherwood
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Posted: Monday, January 17, 2011 - 03:43 PM UTC
thanks for the help, guys. i'll give this a try as well as keep reading posts and out of books. one of the problems i have had with primers is that i was using a spray -on, and it always left bumps/bubbles - i'm probably going to look for a brush-on primer and try to use less thinner - maybe i'll have better success next time