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  • Will you explain the variety of archival-quality surfaces suitable for oil paintings done in a smooth style?

    Q: I am a self-taught oil painter with a very smooth technique. Will you explain to me the variety of archival-quality surfaces suitable for oil paintings done in a smooth style? A: You would probably enjoy working on a primed Masonite board. Better art...

    Posted to Ask the Experts by Karyn on 24 Feb 2009
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  • How well does ink go over gouache and acyrlic? And what type of paper/canvas should I use?

    Q: I do pen-and-ink illustration, but people seem to prefer color illustrations. How well does ink go over gouache and acrylic? And what type of paper/canvas should I use? A: Sennelier produces a wide range of rich, vibrantly colored ink that layers well...

    Posted to Ask the Experts by Karyn on 24 Feb 2009
  • Do you have any recommendations on how to get started with acrylic painting?

    Q: I'm a retiree and I'm taking up painting, specifically acrylic painting, for the first time. Do you have any recommendations on how to get started? A: Acrylic is a great medium for beginners because it is the most versatile type of paint. You...

    Posted to Ask the Experts by Karyn on 24 Feb 2009
  • Turpentine disposal & Paper to a backing board

    Q: How and where does an artist dispose of turpentine? A: Turpentine is a hazardous waste product. You may be able to take it to your local fire department, but you should contact your local EPA (Environmental Protection Agency) office for more information...

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  • Linseed Oil

    Q: Is it possible to work just with linseed oil as a medium instead of using different solvents and prepared mediums? Isn't it possible to just wash in the first values of a painting with an acrylic wash and then build layers with oil as you goóemploying...

    Posted to Ask the Experts by Karyn on 24 Feb 2009
  • Varnish Recipe

    Q: I paint in oil and acrylic, and I've successfully used an acrylic final varnish for both. I seem to have misplaced this final varnish recipe, but I believe that it was part gloss and part matte. Can you recommend a recipe of this type for me? A...

    Posted to Ask the Experts by Karyn on 24 Feb 2009
  • Mounting Canvas Paper

    Q: I've been doing oil studies on Fredrix canvas paper from a pad. I'd like to frame a few good pieces. How do I mount this paper? A: You should consider adhering your canvas paper to an archival-quality un-primed Masonite. There are several archival...

    Posted to Ask the Experts by Karyn on 24 Feb 2009
  • Quick-drying Medium

    Q: I am learning to use water-soluble oil, and I want to use a quick-drying medium. I have tried Winsor & Newton's, but it's globby and hard to get out of the bottle. Is there a better solution? A: Max Grumbacher produces two non-toxic, water...

    Posted to Ask the Experts by Karyn on 24 Feb 2009
  • Liquin and Damar Varnish

    Q: I have several paintings on which I used Liquin as a finish, and I'm wondering whether I can apply damar varnish over the Liquin. Also, I recently read that one should never use Liquin as a finish. Why? A: Liquin has a tendency to dull oil paint...

    Posted to Ask the Experts by Karyn on 24 Feb 2009
  • Matting and Framing Prints

    Q: I own a lithograph and a serigraph, and I was wondering if I should have them framed with a mat and a piece of glass, or if there is a preferred way. A: You definitely want to protect your artworks from fading and environmental problems, so the mat...

    Posted to Ask the Experts by Karyn on 24 Feb 2009
  • How is watercolor paper stretched?

    Q: How is watercolor paper stretched? Should the brown paper strips be left on at the time of painting? A: All watercolor paper will buckle when becoming filled with water, but the 300 lb moves only slightly. The thinner papersóthe 90 lb and the...

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  • Soft Pastels

    Q: Is there any way I can add something to soft pastels and/or the surface I'm working on to make the soft pastels fix better? Does turpentine make them fix? A: Turpentine is used to start a pastel painting because by blending the turpentine with...

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  • Giclee

    Q: What is giclée? A: A giclée (pronounced zhee-clay) is an archival copy of an artwork printed on archival watercolor paper or canvas. The quality will be equal regardless if whether the image is blown up to poster size or reduced to the...

    Posted to Ask the Experts by Karyn on 24 Feb 2009
  • Muddying up paintings

    Q: Please explain the expression “to muddy up” one’s painting. How do I prevent this from occurring? A: “Muddying up” one’s painting usually means adding too many neutral colors—such as grays and browns—to...

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  • Sealing paint

    Q: Is there a sealer that can be applied to a watercolor painting so that it can be framed and displayed with a glass cover? A: I would suggest using Lascaux Fine Art Fixative. It protects paintings from UV rays and prevents yellowing. It will protect...

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