How Can I Be a Neater Painter?Bright Light Fine Art
How Can I Be a Neater Painter?
Painting in oil can be a messy endeavor. However, organization is the trick to being a neater painter. Below is a list of the biggest mistakes beginners make, which, luckily, are easy to fix.
DOS AND DON’TS
- DO clean brushes thoroughly, or they’ll become stiff and won’t produce beautiful brushstrokes.
- DO use bristle brushes instead of soft watercolor brushes when painting in oils so that you will make brushstrokes instead of “licking” the surface, which smooths the paint out.
- DON’T use turpentine to clean brushes, as it will destroy the bristles.
- DON’T dip brushes in mineral spirits or turpentine between brushstrokes, as It ruins the consistency of oil paint, turning the wonderful creamy oils into watercolor.
- DO NOT use a white paper palette. It is difficult to judge value on a white surface, so mixing becomes more difficult. If you must use a paper palette, choose gray or brown instead. But realize that paper palettes wrinkle up, which makes it difficult to mix paint on. The best mixing surface is a glass or plexiglass palette. Put brown paper underneath it to give a neutral value and color to mix against.
- DO clean your palette at the end of the painting day so it will be clean and ready to use the next day.
- DON’T hurry! Take your time and enjoy the process of mixing paint and laying it on the canvas.
- DO keep your palette organized by putting your paints out in the same order every time.
- DON’T buy unnecessary colors. Use a limited palette so you can learn to mix colors.
- DO make sure you close the caps well on your oil paints so they won’t dry out.