Oil Painting Materials Series – These three workshops (Making Oil Painting Supports, Making Oil Paints, and Mediums, Solvents, and Varnish for Oil Painting) are designed for artists to develop an understanding of materials and to make their own supports, oil paints, and mediums. The series allows artists to focus on the individual components and processes that are used to create more stable oil paintings. Given the many ways to create oil paintings, we will discuss what are considered to be the best practices today and talk about methods that have been (and still are) used that can cause archival problems.
Class 2: Making Oil Paints We will explore reasons artists might want to make (some of) their own paints. Discussions will include a variety of pigments, drying oils, and additives used to make oil paint. Each student will have a chance to make paints they can keep.
We will discuss pigments and where to find more information about them as well as the qualities of different drying oils and additives. Paint manufacturers use specific additives to keep pigments in suspension; we will explore the benefits and possible problems associated with additives. Understanding ratios of oil to pigment will help you understand how much oil can safely be added to your own or store-bought oil paint. We will compare the qualities of manufactured oil paint versus paint you make yourself.