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Oil Painting Problem Solver

Find the answers to problems when painting with oils and help on understanding oil painting techniques here.

Freezing Oil Paint
Is freezing oil paint okay or does it damage it? Find out in this Oil Painting Problem Solver.

Oiling Out to Even the Gloss or Shine on a Painting
If various sections of an oil painting have different levels of gloss, the technique to use to even the gloss is called oiling out.

Can I Use Artist's Quality Oil Paint Over Student Grade Paint?
Is it okay to use artist's oil paints over student grade oil paints, or will you have a problem with the fat over lean rule? Find out here.

How Soon Can I Paint Over a Thin Underpainting Using Oil Paints?
Find out how to speed up the drying time of an underpainting when using oil paints.

Can You Use Oil Paint Straight Out of the Tube?
Find out if it's okay to use oil paint as it is, straight from the tube.

How Do I Start Painting in Oils?
How do you start to paint with oils? What do you need to buy in terms of art supplies, and what do you do with them? Find out here.

Why Has My Oil Painting Cracked?
Why would an oil painting have cracked? Find out in this Oil Painting Problem Solver.

How Long Does a Coat of Paint Need to Dry?
How long does it take a coat of oil paint to dry before it's ready for you to put another coat on?

Can I Paint With Oils Without Using Turps?
Is it possible to use oil paints without using turps? Find out here.

How Can I Speed Up the Drying Time of an Oil Painting?
Is it possible to speed up the drying time of an oil painting once you've finished it? Find out in this Oil Painting Problem Solver.

What Happens if You Varnish an Oil Painting Too Early?
If you're desperate to get an oil painting finished and varnished, will you regret it if you don't wait until the paint is definitely dry and instead varnish it early? Find out here.

What Happens if You Varnish an Oil Painting Too Early?
If you're desperate to get an oil painting finished and varnished, will you regret it if you don't wait until the paint is definitely dry and instead varnish it early? Find out here.

What Colors Do I Need to Start Painting with Oils?
What colors do you need when you first start painting with oils? Find out here.

Can I Paint Over an Old Oil Painting I Never Finished?
Is it possible to start painting again on an old oil painting that was never finished, or do you have to just throw it away?

Which Oil Paint Colors Dry the Fastest?
Which oil paint colors have the fastest drying time?

Is Walnut Oil a Good Medium for Oils?
Find out whether walnut oil a good choice of medium for oil painting or not.

Can I Paint with Oils Over Acrylics?
Is it okay to paint with oils over acrylics? Find out in this oil painting problem solver.

Advantages of Using Liquid White for a Wet-on-Wet Underpainting?
What is the point of using Liquid White for an underpainting or for painting wet-on-wet?

Is It Safe to Paint in the Nude?
Is it safe to paint in the nude, or are you putting your health at risk through exposure to chemicals and pigments? Find the answer in this Painting Problem Solver.

Can I use Cooking Oil for my Oil Paints?
Is it possible to use cooking oil when oil painting, rather than expensive oils? Find out here.

Can I Sandpaper Canvas to Get a Smooth Surface for Oil Painting?
If you're after a really smooth surface for painting on, what should you use?

How Do I Get Oils to Work Like Watercolor Paint?
Find out how to get oil paint to behave more like watercolor paint.

Should an Oil Painting be Framed Under Glass?
Should an oil painting be framed under glass or not? Find out here.

Can You Use Oil Paints on Watercolor Canvas?
Can you use oil paints on watercolor canvases? Find the answer here.

Is There a Difference Between Gesso and Molding Paste, and Can You Mix Oils In?
Is it possible to mix oil paint with gesso and molding paste?

Which Side of Canvas Paper is For Oil Paint?
Find out how to tell which is the right side of canvas paper for painting on with oils.

Where Can I Find Big Sheets of Oil Painting Canvas Paper?
Find out how to get big sheets of paper you use for painting with oils.

What Color Do I Start With to Paint a Sunset with Glazes?
Find out what color you should start with if you wish to paint a sunset with glazes.

How to Hide Painting Mistakes in an Acrylic or Oil Painting
Find out how to hide painting mistakes when using oils.

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