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Painting: Painting with Oils
Discuss Oil painting techniques.
smoothing brush strokes
Biggles2
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Posted: Thursday, January 02, 2014 - 05:52 AM UTC
I've just started painting with oils and am finding it much better and faster than acrylics (except for the long drying period part). I'm using artist's tube oils thinned with good quality odorless thinner (Taltine), but am left with visible brush strokes. Is there a technique I'm missing for eliminating brush strokes (without removing the paint job, of course )?
mongo_mel
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Posted: Thursday, January 02, 2014 - 08:22 PM UTC
Hi,
Welcome to the wonderful world of oils :-)
Check out this thread, including the video linked in it. I think it might be helpful to you.

http://www.hfmodeling.com/modules.php?op=modload&name=SquawkBox&file=index&req=viewtopic&topic_id=99394#820953

I also wrote a few articles here on HF on painting with oils that you might find useful too. Just look under my profile and you'll find links to them.
After that, if there's anything I can help you with, feel free to drop me a line thru the site.
Best of luck.
Craig
PS: PS: In one of those three articles I mention using a drying box for faster drying of oil paints. I've been using one for years now and it really speeds things along.
Biggles2
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Posted: Friday, January 03, 2014 - 05:10 AM UTC
Hi Craig! I read one of your tutorials and discovered the missing ingredient - STIPPLING! Since the paint was not yet dry I was able to go back and stipple in the paint and it made all the difference. More questions:
If, when the paint is dry, and I think the skin tones are too pale, can I apply any kind of colored glaze to darken the tones?
If, when the paint is dry, and I don't like my paint job at all, or I just want to re-paint a previous figure, how can I strip off dry oil paint from a metal or resin figure?
BTW, I just noticed you're in Pennsy. Do you do much business with Red Lancers? I've been purchasing from Chuck for over 20 yrs. He's a really great guy!
mongo_mel
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Posted: Friday, January 03, 2014 - 05:29 PM UTC
Hi Biggles.
Glad it helped.
About the face:
Sure, you can try adding a glaze.
Or maybe the thing to do id use the initial paint as an undercoat and just repaint with a darker mix.

As for stripping figures, I've tried several of the hobby strippers with varying degrees of success. If odor is a concern, try using Chamelion brand stripper. What's nice is that the straight liquid can be reused any number of times.

What I use most of the time now is Easy-Off oven cleaner.
Just an hour or two is usually enough but I've been told is that you can put the sprayed piece in a sealable plastic bag overnight. But the smell is pretty strong.

Oh yeah, I've bought a lot of figures off of Chuck. Really a nice guy. Some over the phone but usually at figure shows. I even managed to get to his shop once. that was a lot of fun :-)
Biggles2
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Posted: Sunday, January 05, 2014 - 05:07 AM UTC
I've been to his shop a couple of times, but it's become an expensive week-end excursion as it's an all day trip, one way, from Montreal. And Chuck doesn't come to shows in Canada anymore because of hassels at the border . Some of those customs 'Nazis' are a real pain.