Aging Oil Painting surfaces

24 Feb 2009

Q: How can I age an oil painting surface to make it look old? 

Very old paintings can yellow over time. Colors may also fade if they are not archival. Without damaging your artwork, you may want to thinly glaze your artwork with either burnt umber or sienna. The glaze is one part turpentine to two parts linseed oil with very little oil paint. Try testing this on a corner of the painting first. You can apply this mixture with a soft cloth, and it can be removed easily if wiped off immediately. 

--by Camille LaPointe-Lyons

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