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09 March 2007 @ 12:34 pm

While this page mentions the "crackle finish surface", it doesn't describe what what used to achieve the raised black lines.

Is the crackle layer applied over the paint? What methods (additives?) might be used to raise a paint line?

I could have asked the artist directly, but I thought this might be a good spot to bring it up.

12 October 2006 @ 08:49 pm
VULPEX is a soap you can use to clean your paintings or other sensitive art objects > from feathers to stone
check it out here
20 May 2006 @ 06:37 pm
Avoid using Ivory Black for an underpainting or sketching as it dries much slower than other oil paints.

Pigments containing lead, cobalt, and manganese accelerate drying. They can be mixed with other colours to speed up drying and are ideal for under layers. (Student-quality paints usually contain cheaper alternatives to these pigments, generally labelled hues.)

If you're not sure whether a bottle of mineral or white spirits is suitable for oil painting, put a tiny quantity on a piece of paper and let it evaporate. If it evaporates without leaving any residue, stain, or smell, it should be fine.
31 March 2006 @ 12:03 pm
if you're interested in dry pigments and misc. materials check this place out.
(www.kamapigments.com) i purchased raw pigments from this canadian company about 5 years ago and had a good experience with it.

"KAMAPIGMENTS is an artist owned business whose goal is to offer artists, decorators and restorers the best selection of materials. We have a large choice of raw materials for those who are already involved in the “home manufacture” of their paints & mediums as well as information for those who would like to learn to do it."
29 March 2006 @ 03:16 pm
march 29th '06
I originally created this site after finding no lj community devoted to answering materials questions for painters. my question was on the proper varnish to apply on a thin painting. I tend to paint thinly and to a conservator thats a no-no> why? its hard to remove varnish without taking a small layer of paint off with it. So if anyone out there has an answer to this question post it and i will do my best to answer your questions. I generally paint with oils unless i plan on making a mixed media piece- i love using graphite powder and raw pigments.