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Category Archives: oil paint
Used daily, my metal brush cleaner takes good care of my brushes. It is filled with Gamblin’s Odorless Mineral Spirits (OMS). When you use watercolor on these pages it ghosts!. Bright Ideas multi-color journal (which I am not sure is … Continue reading
I find commission work, or painting on demand, very different than painting for myself. I spend most of my time creating for myself, exploring something that I find interesting, a medium or color or an idea. Commission work is usually … Continue reading
I support our local small art stores 99% of the time; This week reminded me of WHY I shop small business, and why YOU SHOULD TOO. I have used Golden Gesso many times in my life, but never paid attention … Continue reading
In my other life (the one that pays the bills), Mitchell and I own a conservation business which conserves (restores) antiquities, both private and institutional. I do a lot of finish (painting, shellacking) work in our business, as well as … Continue reading
In my other life (the one that pays the bills), Mitchell and I own a conservation business which conserves (restores) antiquities. I do a lot of finish (painting, shellacking) work in our business. The DAR approached us to recreate the … Continue reading
I am also a conservator, and we have the charge to recreate the first flag of the State of Washington. I will be creating the painted medallion on the flag, and doing the hand stitching (endless), and Mitchell is recreating … Continue reading
NOTE: This is from our MPF Conservation website but thought that some of you might enjoy! I am reproducing the first Washington State Flag for the DAR. I might’ve struggled through and trail and error and testing on many phases, … Continue reading
As I move along for the next couple of months my posting habits will change: I have a PAINTING project in our business that is in oil paint. The DAR is commissioning a formal reproduction of the Washington State Flag. … Continue reading
I started out to do a little post on painting one of our chairs. Then I realized I was posting about a chair I had also painted — so figured I should post about both restoration, painting the chair and … Continue reading
Ultramarine blue is one of those amazing electric colors that you want to fall into. I first fell in love with the crayola color, then Golden Acrylic’s Ultramarine Blue Deep Hue. It was my go-to blue! Ultramarine blue was originally … Continue reading
I had no idea what granulating paint was until I began using watercolors. And you have to know or you get wonky things happening that you didn’t want, like the funny paint around Frank’s nose, below. Notice how most of … Continue reading
I’m talking toxicity versus environmentally friendly and how to read labels. Above are three labels: Golden’s “AP Nontoxic”, Gamblin’s information label stated clearly, and an older tube of Cotman Cadmiun Red that shows a Health Label requiring no labeling (again, … Continue reading
I discovered asphaltum when I was conserving/restoring two dozen pieces of Mason Monterey furniture for the National Park Service. Being a painter who up until that time primarily used acrylics, I had never heard of it before. Asphaltum (also called … Continue reading