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Art Glossary: Liquid White / Liquid Clear



Liquid White and Liquid Clear are the names of two of the oil painting mediums created for painters following the Bob Ross Wet-on-Wet Technique®.

As the name suggests, liquid white is a fluid paint, with a consistency that's more like cream than the buttery paint you get from a tube. This means it's easy to apply and mix with other colors, both on and off the canvas. It is often used as the first layer in a painting, to create a surface for immediate wet-on-wet painting.

Liquid Clear is intended as a base coat, to be applied onto the canvas first before any color. This way you're immediately painting wet-on-wet, which is fundamental to the Bob Ross painting method.

These two are certainly not the only two mediums in the Bob Ross art supplies range -- the official Bob Ross website lists everything.

You can make a "generic version" by mixing up some white paint with whatever oil you use as a medium, or using the oil just as it is. If you want it to dry faster, add some turps or Liquin. Store in an air-tight container.

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