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Cheap, non toxic clean up 
Use detergent, yes, regular liquid dishwashing detergent (not the store brands, but standard brands like Dawn, Palmolive, Sunlight) instead of turps, commercially …

Brush cleaning product 
I have wonderful results cleaning my brushes for oils, acrylics and watercolor stainers... It is a product called Murphy's oil soap. I keep one plastic …

Oil painting without solvents 
If you are having problems with the fumes associated with traditional oil painting, do as I did. I tried water miscible oil paints. Now, they are the …

Keep Dirty Brushes Out Of The Way - But Close...... 
I love painting with dirty brushes, as long as everything doesn't turn brown. But, I was always dropping them or bumping into them. Then, I heard …

Varnish in Oil Painting 
The use of varnish can be a very good thing in an oil painting and canvas as it can keep the surface intact and safe from cracking. The oil painting …

DIY Brush Holder 
A handy brush holder can be made from a small picture frame or shallow box. Find a frame or shallow wooden box not wider than your brush is long. File …

Brush Rinsing 
After a long search for a bucket, or contraption to use for rinsing my oil brushes. I decided to make my own. I took a wide mouth canning jar, any …

Cleaning Brushes 
An instructor, whose name I have forgotten, suggested cleaning oil brushes by first putting them into baby oil to emulsify the oil paint and then cleaning …

How to get your hands clean easily 
Hi, I started to paint with oil-paint to get my right hand back to function again after a stroke. It was hard to use the brush during the whole painting …

Wet Canvas Technique 
I'm sure most artists are familiar with good old Bob Ross's wet canvas technique,which for me personally was an immense revelation from which my work benefited …

Final details 
I had a painting background to the point I liked and I was ready for the final details but was unsure what I wanted. I took a picture of the painting …

How to make a super-fine texured canvas 
Take a small old canvas painting (yard-sale item) pull the staples to remove the canvas, iron a hanky, stretch and staple the hanky across the frame. …

Baby oil to clean brushes 
Baby oil is a perfect thinner for cleaning brushes without the odor. Just replace baby oil for whatever you have been using. After cleaning the brushes …

how to repair a damaged canvas 
Get a sheet of oil canvas practice paper. Cut to cover damaged area, and extend a little beyond. Coat back of paper with pva glue. Apply to back of canvas. …

Water based oils - the most under-rated thing ever! 
I've recently bought a set of water soluble oil paints, due to the fact I now have a very nosy small boy, poking around with thinners and turps! I can …

Make your own canvas surface 
You will need 1 sheet of untempered masonite cut to standard art board sizes. Wood glue white kind. Canvas. Pure acrylic paint white.100 grit sandpaper …

Grand Assortment of Greens 
Using the gray scale ( grisaille ), mix your basic gray colors. To each color add cadmium yellow and you will have greens in 9 shades. Divide …

Save Time and Money? 
The next time you paint a background for an oil painting use acrylic paint then paint the detail/foreground etc in oils. I do this for all my backgrounds …

Using Liquin 
To add just the right ammout of liquin to your paint without contaminating the remainder, get a syringe, the type that come with ink jet refill kits, as …

Shade and texture for a palm tree trunk 
I painted my tree trunk with a brown line,then with a pallet knife,painted the sunny-side with a thin white stripe followed by a thin black stripe on the …

Painting Shadows 
I have often been asked "how do I mix and paint a shadow?" I just thought I'd share it here for those who might be having a problem with it. Before you …

re-using canvases 
If you have painted a picture that you do not like and wish to re-use the canvas, you can remove the old painting by spraying it with oven cleaner. …

Cheap Painting Surfaces 
I have used masoninte board as a cheap painting surface. Masonite is the brown compressed board (some have little holes, like for hanging tools), usually …

Dont use linseed oil or expensive thinning mediums 
Instead of foul smelling and sometimes dangerous linseed oil, or buying expensive oil paint mediums, you can use fairly inexpensive vegetable oil. …

Cleaning hardened oil paint from a sectional palette Not rated yet
If you use a palette with individual compartments and your paint is hardened and difficult to remove, there is a simple way to clean it without the frustration …

Oil Painting Clean Up Not rated yet
I came up with this idea because quite frankly I hate the clean up after painting. There is all of the brushes, the paper towels, which I put directly …

Painting tips for cleaning brushes Not rated yet
I discovered how to clean my brushes when I was washing my hands. I was using Dawn dishwashing liquid and the oil paint came off. So I thought I would …

Storing left over oils Not rated yet
I put my excess oil paint on a piece of palate paper and then inside a plastic box.(doesn't have to be large) This then goes into my freezer.Sometimes …

A Sky for an Oil Painting? Not rated yet
I wet the sky area with water and paint on acrylic cadmium red and ultramarine blue, painting it in blotches letting the paints run together leaving some …

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