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Old 05-22-2009, 11:15 AM
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How to make impasto texture oil painting?


I recently saw this painting at an exhibition here..The paint was so thick, it was like butter or plaster spread over the canvas - like little mountain ridges.

How can i make the paint so thick that it sticks up like little mountain ridges?
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Re: How to make impasto texture oil painting?

You can just use heavy strokes of paint and leave it to dry. But it's best to use a medium that will retain the brush strokes and ridges. Try Liquin Impasto made by Winsor and Newton. It will give you that effect.

Impasto is done by either a brush or painting knives. Or both

There are other mediums that will do that too. Do a search for impasto mediums and you'll get a few.

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Old 05-24-2009, 10:44 AM
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Re: How to make impasto texture oil painting?

As Kal mentions, there are various mediums which will increase the impasto effect. (It also helps to start with a stiffer paint to begin with, such as Old Holland.) I have used Gamblin's Cold Wax Medium. It also gives a matte effect to your paint.

Do keep in mind that it's not a bad idea to paint on a rigid support if you are doing anything super thick.

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Re: How to make impasto texture oil painting?

And I've used James Groves Copal Varnish. Add a tiny bit of linseed oil and the copal to the paint and knife it on. It dries quite rapidly as well and doesn't take months to dry as pure paint would.

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Re: How to make impasto texture oil painting?

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And I've used James Groves Copal Varnish. Add a tiny bit of linseed oil and the copal to the paint and knife it on. He dries quite rapidly as well and doesn't take months to dry as pure paint would.

I second that. James Groves mediums are quality products. I haven't seen any that I didn't like. And he's such a nice person. A few days ago I got four mediums from him and wanted to know if they had a sample of the Cole's Copal Varnish. I wasn't sure if I wanted to get it just to satisfy curiosity. James Grove was so kind to send me the half bottle he had on his easel as a gift.

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Re: How to make impasto texture oil painting?

Another method is to build up a heavy textured gesso. If you paint thin on top of that, the texture from the gesso is still there, and you don't have some of the problems you can get with very thick oil paint.
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I second that. James Groves mediums are quality products. I haven't seen any that I didn't like. And he's such a nice person. A few days ago I got four mediums from him and wanted to know if they had a sample of the Cole's Copal Varnish. I wasn't sure if I wanted to get it just to satisfy curiosity. James Grove was so kind to send me the half bottle he had on his easel as a gift.

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Agree... James is so very helpful.

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Re: How to make impasto texture oil painting?

I also heard about modeling paste, except I couldn't find any that was for oils.
Has anyone heard about modeling paste for oils and not acrylics?
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I also heard about modeling paste, except I couldn't find any that was for oils.
Has anyone heard about modeling paste for oils and not acrylics?

I use the acrylic modeling pastes. I do all the modeling and base colors in acrylic then go over it with the oils.
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I do all the modeling and base colors in acrylic then go over it with the oils.

Thats incredible. I didnt know you can mix acrylic and oil paints...
Anyway here's another painting, this one the paint is so thick, there are trenches 0.5" deep..

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Re: How to make impasto texture oil painting?

You can try Liquitex Super Heavy Gesso - it's designed to be a gesso so should be no problem painting oils on top. Acrylic modeling paste isn't really designed to be a base for oil paint so I'd be a little leery of using that with oils. The Super Heavy Gesso is so thick that I apply it with a knife, then further model that with a brush to give it some different textures.
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Thats incredible. I didnt know you can mix acrylic and oil paints...

Can't really mix them, but oil paint can be applied over acrylics. Not acrylic over oils though. And thick applications of acrylic gel will dry over night and won't crack when heavily applied. Works great if you need a heavy texture right from the start.
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Re: How to make impasto texture oil painting?

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Can't really mix them, but oil paint can be applied over acrylics. Not acrylic over oils though. And thick applications of acrylic gel will dry over night and won't crack when heavily applied. Works great if you need a heavy texture right from the start.

Oil paint will usually stick to acrylics initially. How long it will stick is another question.
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Re: How to make impasto texture oil painting?

The old masters used calcite (a.k.a. chalk) and linseed oil. Works good; Lasts a long time. Sometimes they used powdered glass. But I'm afraid of that stuff.
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Oil paint will usually stick to acrylics initially. How long it will stick is another question.

You seem to indicate that it doesn't. I've tested it by scrubbing down on the oil paint until I hit the acrylic layers. It doesn't sepperate. Even on techniques where I scrape down the oil paint while its still semi wet it still stains into the acrylic paste. So please answer your question, how long does it stick according to your experience?
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