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Bring out your inner artist with these painting tips and techniques.
You Will Need
- Linseed oil
- Rubber gloves
- A safety respirator or mask
- Safety glasses or goggles
- A sheet of glass or marble at least a quarter-inch thick
- A grinding slab
- A Muller
- A palette knife or spatula
- Cleaning solution
- Empty paint tubes
- A clock or one-hour timer
- Canvas-stretching pliers
- And airtight jars
Put on safety gear
Put on all the safety gear.
Put pigment on grinding slab
Place a small amount of pigment on your grinding slab.
Add small amount of linseed oil
Add a very small amount of linseed oil.
Mix pigment and linseed oil
Use the muller to mash and mix the pigment and linseed oil slowly. Note what time you start this step.
Add pigment or linseed oil to improve the consistency.
Move the mixture to middle
Use the spatula to chase the mixture back into the middle of the grinding slab. Roughly 30 minutes of work will get you normal consistency.
Note the time
Once you're happy, note the time it took from step four until now. Different pigments take different amounts of time to mix with the oil—in the future, you’ll know what to expect.
Pack the paint into tubes
Using your spatula, sweep up the oil paint and pack it into the empty paint tubes.
Seal the tubes with pliers
Firmly roll the open end of the tube and use pliers to smash the end down to an airtight seal.
Label each tube
Label each tube for color and date of manufacture.
Clean grinding slab
Thoroughly clean your grinding slab as soon as possible.
Store in airtight jars
Store your oil and pigments properly in airtight jars.
Use as needed
Use the paints as needed.