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The Technique of Oil Painting

A beautiful home is something that everyone desires. However, making a house your home is where all the hard work lies. Everyone has a different taste and personality, and everyone wishes to reflect it in their home one way or another. Buying things online or in shops make your house look pretty but it will not necessarily reflect your personality in it. This is because the things that you purchase are created by someone else. So, how do you make your décor unique and according to your desire? It’s simple! Make your own things. Bring out your creative side and put your aesthetic to the work. One way to do is this through oil painting.

Oil painting is the technique where, rather than painting with the oils, as one would think from the name, it uses oil as a medium for the mixing of colors. An oil painting generally takes longer to dry than other forms of paintings. Although, this may seem annoying to some people, but this provides the advantage that you can work on your painting longer than any other form of painting. You can add something that you feel missing or remove something that does not quite appeal to you without the fear of it drying too quickly.

"oil painting"An effect of the painting is the blend; the gradual change from one color to another. You may need to blend a color to its surroundings or move it around on the canvas while painting. This is difficult with other forms of painting as they tend to dry very quickly. As oil paints take longer to dry than other paints, they allow for the different blending techniques.

Using oils as a mixing medium not only allow for the longer drying times, it is also used for creating the different textures to the painting. Different oils have different properties and thus, different effects. This allows you to create different feel and texture to your painting by using the different oils. For example, the turpentine oil has the property of taking comparatively shorter time to dry and provides a glossy look to your painting. So, depending upon your requirement, you can choose the oil that best suits your artistic style.

A distinctive feature of oil painting is layering, as oil paintings don’t usually end with one layer. Once you’re done with the painting, you leave it out to dry. After the paint has dried, you apply a layer of varnish to it. This allows your painting to stand out and stay in preserver for very long time.

Interested in doing more creative crafts for your home? You can check our previous post on decorative crafts for some nifty ideas.

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