Q: Are these
No, our oil paints are not water-soluble or they cannot be mixed with water. You can, however, use medium or linseed oil to thin the paints.
Q: I got oil paint on
my clothes. How do I get it off?
If you get oil paint on your clothes, scoop out the excess paint from the fabric carefully without spreading it. Treat/blot the remaining paint repeatedly before it dries using mineral turpentine on a piece of absorbent cloth or paper towel until the paint totally comes off. If needed, rub in laundry soap and soak in hot water overnight.
Q: How can I clean oil paint off my brushes?
• Wipe off excess paint from the brush using a piece of paper towel or rag.
• Rinse off the remaining oil paint with odorless thinner or mineral spirits.
• Repeat wiping and rinsing the brush until all remaining paint is gone.
• Rinse and lather brush with soap and warm water until it runs clear.
• Using your fingers, gently reshape the brush head back into its original form.
• Dry the brush, handle and ferrule by using a brush stand.
Q: Can I use Linseed Oil with these paints?
Yes, Linseed Oil can be used as a medium for our MyArtscape oil paint. Take note that linseed oil will yellow white paint over time.
Q: How long does it take for oil paint to dry?
Oil paint generally
takes days or even weeks to dry depending on the thickness of your paint and
the temperature of the room you're working in. In a 27C / 80F room for example,
a thin layer of the MyArtscape oil can take about 16 hours to be touch dry.
Thick impastos on the other hand can take a few days or weeks.
Q: How do I prevent my painting from cracking over time?
Remember the ‘Thick over Thin’ rule in Oil Painting. Since thin layers dry quicker, always apply thick layers over thin layers to avoid cracking of paint.
Q: What is the Drying Time for Oil Paint?
Oil paint generally takes days or even weeks to dry depending on the thickness of your paint and temperature of the room you're working in. In tropical areas ( 27 C / 80 F ), a thin layer of the MyArtscape oil paint takes about 16 hours to be touch dry. Thick impastos, on the other hand, can take a few days or weeks.
If you prefer your paint to dry quickly, we recommend that you paint in washes or thin layers and mix a bit of linseed oil with your oil paint. Another trick I've learned from fellow-artists is to use acrylic paint for the background or as an underpainting as it only takes a few minutes to dry.
Linseed oil is made from the seeds of the flax plant. It adds gloss and transparency to paints and is available in several forms. It dries very thoroughly, making it ideal for underpainting and initial layers in a painting. Refined linseed oil is a popular, all-purpose, pale to light yellow oil which dries within three to five days.
Q: Can I use Linseed
Oil with these paints?
Yes, Linseed Oil can be used as a medium for our MyArtscape oil paint. Note that linseed oil will yellow white paint over time.
Q: These Oil Paints
are Too Thick
It's true that our oil
paints will be thick with a buttery consistency straight out of the tube.
Depending on how you are painting, most oil paint artists prefer thicker paints as you can thin it to the desired consistency, especially if you're going to follow the Fat over Lean rule in oil painting. This is also because making oil paints thicker will be impossible.
We recommend that you use a palette knife and mix the medium into the paint on the palette since this helps get the right consistency you want. The brushes you use are important too. Soft brushes usually intended for watercolors and acrylics may not work as well as expected with oils so we suggest using a brush with stiff bristles similar to hog's hair.
You may also want to try acrylic paints if you need to work with something that flows
smoother. This can be used for your underpainting.
Q: Do I need to use
Oil Mediums like Gamsol and Galkyd?
It actually depends on
how you plan to use the paint. Our oil paints have a thick and creamy
consistency, which works well for wet-on-wet techniques. If you prefer more
control or fluidity, you may need to use an oil medium like Gamsol and Galkyd.
If you plan to use medium, please do make sure that each layer you work on is
dry before doing another layer.
Q: How long does this
Our paints should last up to 5 years.
Q: Strong odor or
smell on oil paints
It is very rare, but some customers are more sensitive to the smells of oil paints and may find the smell too strong to work with.
Our oil paints are made with linseed oil, which is not really toxic. Usually, with oil paint, the odor would completely disappear once the paint is completely cured. Oil paint generally takes days or even weeks to dry depending on the thickness of your paint and temperature of the room you're working in. Please do work in a well-ventilated area when you are using the paints.
Turpentine and mineral spirits are also often used by most oil paint artists, but both are considered to be toxic and may have had a hand in causing the odor from the painting.