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Oils Wet on Try technique

Discussion in 'Painting Techniques' started by TERRYSOMME1916, Nov 27, 2018.

  1. grasshopper PlanetFigure Supporter

    Ron is the man..more knowledge and generosity than any ten combined..his point re the paint film is consistent with Painting Best Practices, for those interested there is a FB group dedicated to same, and loads of info on the Natural Pigments site..it’s 1/1 stuff..but much to learn of interested in pigments, longevity...
  2. Babelfish A Fixture

    I use that as well, and find that it works like a charm. Not cheap, but it does what it's supposed to do.

    Some guys swear by drying boxes, so I had one made. For some reason though I've never been able to achieve the results I want to with it and it's been a bit of a disappointment. I tend not to bother with it now.

    - Steve
  3. TERRYSOMME1916 Well-Known Member

    Hi Steve it might have been you who told me about the Matting agent many moons ago and although I got some then I am only getting down experimenting with it now and getting OK results that I am still trying to improve on, but I am getting a matter finish that I can live with on this particular WW1 BUST.
    Wet on dry blending is the issue that we are trying to overcome and get tips on and when using slow drying oils this can be tricky and go badly wrong if the drying base coat gets attacked by the new top coat of oils and this is maybe were using different types of thinning agents could possibly create problems, I used the matting agent on the tunic shadows and highlights and got away with it so I will move on to the ammo pouches next, fingers crossed.
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  4. Dolf Active Member

    "Hi Dolf lots of good advice landing in from the guys, since I put out my cry for help I have been trying out some of the suggestions and although I am not there yet I am getting some results and learning along the way so here are some pointers that may be of help."

    Thank you very much Terry, really appreciate your help and opinions (y)

    "The Matting Agent is Abteilung 502 Matt Effect Thinner"

    Thanks a lot. If I can find it I'll give it a try.

    "I have attached some pics of what I am getting based on the above system"

    Your bust is coming up very nicely, so you're obviously getting good results with the technique you're using.
    I like that matt finish better than uniforms and other cloth looking shinny (which doesn't seem realistic to me).

    I'll have to work harder and practice more, so one day I may get the results I wish ;)


  5. Dolf Active Member

    "Key to avoiding 'shine' is to apply a very thin layer of paint....this refers to the actual thickness of the layer....and not the need to add thinners itself."

    Which is the main fault I've been doing often :(

    "Another point to consider is this...it is of great benefit to use a clean dry brush to take off some of the paint after application...to keep the layer as thin as possible....which aids drying times...and avoids the shine...but the trick is to wait a little while before doing this....this is to allow the pigment to stain/grip on to the undercoat....which in turn aids the perceived coverage/density of colour."

    Thanks. I guess that is easy, intuitive, for people who have a deep/good knowledge about paints (oil or others), but can be a real issue for folks who know nothing about paints.

    I've tried your "thin down" method, with a dry ladies' brush over some parts of oil paints. But there is a big problem for a total ignorant on oils as myself, which is not knowing some basic stuff, as for instance, how long to wait before "thinning down" the paint with a dry ladies' brush. If waiting too long, the result may be catastrophic, as the paint won't uniformely be removed/thinned down, as some parts may be a little dryer than others. If not waiting long enough, well, all the original paint may come out with the dry ladies's brush...
    Guess it needs a lot of practice for achieving the best results. And above all understanding oils, pigments, and all that, which... I don't...


  6. grasshopper PlanetFigure Supporter

    Just do it...asking endless questions is confusing you...just get with the program and put down some paint, explore for yourself...as funds permit get a few more colours...
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  7. kagemusha A Fixture

    Ok....I am calling you out on your remarks to my earlier post (above)
    You and I both know that I spent a lot of time explaining both my technique....and the normal application of oils through PM's and e-mails.
    I went to great lengths to give you a lot of useful information on just about every applicable scenario to do with tools (brushes)....pigments....drying times....and as many tips and tricks as I possibly could....and explaining each individual step along the way to the finished result....including colours....brands....and also what to avoid and why.
    This also included comprehensive notes and links to pieces to illustrate what I tried to get across to you....even going as far as to send you a considerable number of different types of brushes from my stock.
    Everyone knows that to achieve any kind of worthwhile result takes time....practice...and patience....the understanding comes from putting the time and effort into these very things.
    Quite why you chose to respond to my post in that manner confuses me....but so be it...I have made my position clear now...and will no longer comment further.
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  8. Dolf Active Member

    "Quite why you chose to respond to my post in that manner confuses me...."

    Ron, would you please let me know what actually confuses you on my previous reply? I also feel a bit confused here...

    As for the rest of your post, yes, you're right.
    I believe I thanked you for every piece of advice (and the brushes) you offered.


  9. Dolf Active Member


    I don't think I'm the kind of getting confused for questioning more, I think this is enlightening when people with different opinions, all of them valuable, share their ways of doing the same things, and getting, with different techniques, so good and even great results.
    It's IMHO part of the reasons for Forums like this one to exist, sharing knowledge. This allows others to grow, on their own path. And it keeps the flame alive and well.

    And you're absolutely right, while reading & getting hints and evolving on my own learning process, I also put down some paint, and just mix it to see the results, and test it, and explore my learning process at the same time.
    Theory without practice doesn't work, or it's lost, or it's just there not being useful, so better use it ;)


  10. grasshopper PlanetFigure Supporter

    Dolf, don’t wear out your welcome with others generosity of their experience. Maybe show what you are working on and how your may be incorporating these ideas
  11. DEL A Fixture

    ...... and here was me thinking I was doing just fine:eek: . Thoroughly mixing the oil paint....painting it on thinly ...... wiping off excess ........ and as they say Bob's your aunties husband.
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  12. Dolf Active Member


    Can you please define "wear out"? Thanks.

    I've done just that, yesterday or so:


    As a novice, having my ever 1st experience of painting an entire 120mm figure with only oils, I fully know I'm doing errors (I can see other people's work) so I'm fully open to suggestions, critiques, as long as everything remains civil and constructive.

    Not one comment so far.


  13. Wayneb A Fixture

    It just amazes me how many of you guys have to be spoon fed...……...Trial and error...That's how you learn......It's just Feck'n amazing...…...

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  14. grasshopper PlanetFigure Supporter

    Dolf I just offered some thoughts on your piece..now get on with it..people are fed up
  15. Dolf Active Member

    "Dolf I just offered some thoughts on your piece..now get on with it.."

    I saw that. Even though I don't really understand what you mean, thanks anyway.

    I didn't stop working on it while asking questions here, one does not block the other...

    "people are fed up"

    Well, if people (what people btw?...) "are fed up" then what's the goal of places like this Forum, where you'll always have beginners, posting beginners questions, and you'll always have advanced masters, and even pros painters, who have mastered the art of painting figurines, it's inevitable.
    IMHO (and based on what I master), feeling "fed up" with beginners questions doesn't say much in favor of those who may feel "fed up"... but that's just my 2 cents worthy...


  16. grasshopper PlanetFigure Supporter

    Enough I quit ..
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  17. Ronaldo Active Member

    "but the trick is to wait a little while before doing this....this is to allow the pigment to stain/grip on to the undercoat....which in turn aids the perceived coverage/density of colour." That is very sound advice, also it allows some evaporation which helps.

    Truth is oils to the beginner can be a total minefield as different pigments have different drying times and all sorts of qualities.

    My experience with using a card to soak out the oil causes the paint to drag .

    What I am noticing these days is that some of the top painters are using very subdued highlights on the dark colours Esp Blues and Greens ; giving a very clean finish .
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