BLURRING AND WIPING OFF THE OIL PAINTS
Of course, it is possible to paint pictorial motifs very true to the original and to work out even the smallest details precisely. Oil paintings painted in such a way as to depict motifs such as landscapes, portraits, certain scenes or still lifes will certainly not miss their effect.
THE WHISKING ORDER OF OIL PAINTS
Very interesting effects can be achieved when the artist is applying the oil paint wiping. The fast, sweeping movement gives the paint application a visible dynamic. The paint can be applied with the brush. For this, some oil paint is picked up with the brush, which is then guided over the ground in a quick movement. However, it is advisable not to dilute the oil color too much.
THE BLURRING OF THE OIL PAINTS
In the case of pasty oil paints, painting tools such as painting knives, spatulas, pullers (for window panes) or even woods for a wiping paint application are ideal. The hard surface of the painting tool causes the oil paint to be applied more extensively to the painting surface. On the other hand, within the application of paint there are always small dropouts, which additionally increase the dynamic effect and exciting optics.
In general, the wiping paint application is especially suitable for large-format oil paintings. The artist literally has more space to perform his movements.
Instead of applying the oil colors by wiping, the artist can also later blur his already applied, still moist layers of paint. In visual motifs, this creates a blur that conveys the impression of dynamism and liveliness. In the case of abstract motifs, beautiful color gradients can be created.
INFORMATION AND TIPS ABOUT WOOD AS A BASE FOR OIL PAINTING
Today, many painters and hobby artists prefer to use canvas as a base for their oil paintings. Wood looks back on a much longer tradition as an image carrier. Already in ancient Egypt, paintings were made on wood. Only when the stretcher frame was invented in the 16th century, the wooden picture frames gradually moved into the background.
A wood panel can be a great alternative to the canvas. However, a few points must be noted.
The traditional painting ground for oil painting is the so-called panel painting. A panel painting is a painting painted on a wooden plaque. As a rule, domestic woods such as beech, oak, spruce, pine, linden or fir were used for the wood panels.
The downside to the wooden panels was that they were subject to fluctuations in temperature and humidity. The result of this was often unsightly cracks. Branches in the wood panels in turn caused yellowish stains. This is due to the higher resin content that the wood has at these points.
Today, solid wood painting surfaces are practically no longer used. The risk that the woods warp or cause damage such as cracks and spots on the image is simply too big for many artists. In addition, very suitable alternatives are available with the modern wood-based materials.
HOW SHOULD WOOD BE USED AS A PRIMER FOR AN OIL PAINTING?
In order to create a durable and colorful oil painting on wood, the wooden painting surface must be primed in any case. Before the primer is applied, it is advisable to roughen the wood panel with sandpaper a little bit. As a result, the primer anchors better on the surface.
IS CANVAS BETTER THAN WOOD?
A sturdy, solid, distortion-free and carefully primed wood panel can easily compete with the canvas as a base and in terms of durability. However, wood panels are mainly suitable for small and medium size paintings. Oil paintings in very large formats could be made too difficult by wood as a painting ground. As far as optics are concerned, this is a matter of taste. Some artists just appreciate the very smooth and even surfaces of the wood panels, other artists prefer the typical canvas structure.
TIPS FOR CHOOSING AND MAINTAINING THE BRUSH
In addition to the oil paints, the canvas as a painting ground and one or the other means of painting, the brushes are among the most important tools in oil painting. But the selection of brushes is huge, so it is sometimes quite difficult to get an overview and make the right choice.
Next comes the question of how the brushes have to be cleaned and cared for to last as long as possible.