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Author Topic: base coat for wet on wet oil painting  (Read 245 times)

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on: November 09, 2017, 02:52:28 PM
what would be the best first coat for wet on wet oils.....refined linseed?   safflower...poppy...i want to apply a thin film and paint right over the top. i am concerned about chalky looking whites and loss of vibrancy . paintings look really good then start to dull and change a bit. been using safflower oil , thin coat...thanks for any help


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Reply #1 on: November 09, 2017, 09:58:59 PM
personally I don't add any coating before I start painting. The once or twice that I have done it, I have simply coated it with my painting medium, which I know has Linseed oil in it.


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Reply #2 on: November 09, 2017, 10:48:19 PM
I use a ground or primer coat of tinted gesso to prepare my canvas for painting.  The main reason I do it is to get rid of the white of the canvas.  Acrylic and/or oil paint can go over the primer coat which would be opaque.

 If you want a thin transparent coat of paint you can thin your oil paint with artist thinner and paint or wipe it on with a lint-free rag and let it dry before starting your painting.

 I usually use light yellow ochre, but some folks use pale umber or burnt sienna as a ground/primer coat.  ~Liz