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Expertises: Painting, Art, Drawing, Pastel
Everything has got its advantages and disadvantages. And the perfect example of this is an oil painting.
But then again, you probably have experienced those moments when you’re trying to add another layer of oil paints on top of the other. Only to find that they blend together instead. Or that time when you wanted to give the piece a finishing touch but you couldn’t because it wasn’t dry yet.
Yes, those moments can be pretty bothersome, especially when you need the art right away.
So if you are looking for ways to make those paints dry within a day, then take notes of certain creative techniques we have for you.
Oil paints take days, weeks or sometimes even months to completely dry.
But when using drying mediums, it can accelerate the drying time at a much faster rate.
But using just any drying medium won’t do.
There are drying mediums that are safe while there are some that can cause serious harm to your health.
Make sure that the medium you get is safety and non-toxic. Besides that, a good drying medium does not require you to use a lot of it, but only a certain amount will do.
And another suggestion is to find a bottle of the medium that works best for your painting because there are a lot of varieties out there.
An example of a suitable and most preferred medium is Liquin.
Use Thin Layers
Here is a simple, yet very effective technique to quicken the drying process.
Some artists like to work using thick brush strokes. While this is perfect for other purposes, it will not speed up the drying process any time soon.
Therefore, the solution is to work with light brush strokes and thin layers.
If you keep adding layer after layer, you’ll see that the drying time will improve immediately.
The place where you’re located has a significant effect on the painting’s drying process.
And that is because of the temperature.
Essentially, hot climate quickens the drying time while a humid climate slows it down.
Of course, nobody has control over such things. But once you know the climate type of the place you stay, you can move on with modified and artificial temperature to control the drying time of the art.
Paint on a Flat Surface
When painting on a rough surface, you will notice that in some areas, it takes a very long time to dry.
However, if you use a flat surface, it gives you the ability to distribute the colors evenly. And this allows the oil to harden faster. Moreover, a flat surface is so much better when it comes to painting in layers.
There are many painting styles and preferences, no doubt. But if you want the oil painting to dry off quickly for some reason, we suggest considering a flat surface.