Thursday, 17 October 2013

Interesting facts about Oil Painting

  • Different types of oil are used for crafting an oil painting. Some of them include linseed oil, poppy seed oil, walnut oil and safflower oil. Each kind of oil generates a different appearance and dry out at a different time.
  • Because oil paint takes more time to dry it is known as revolutionized art. It gives the artists the liberty to make corrections and start over.
  • The pigments used for oil painting are made up of organic materials and minerals, snail mucus and semiprecious stones.
  • Ultramarine- deep blue was the most expensive pigment. It was once more costlier than gold.
  • Leonardo da Vinci cooked oil paint with beeswax, to improve the process of oil paint.
  • The oil paint allows the artists to capture shadow and light by applying the paint in thin layers.
  • The American painter John Goffe Rand invented the paint tube in 1841, before that they were stored in animal bladders.
  • Oil paint quickly solidify through oxidation, they don’t evaporate.
  • It generally takes six months to a year to varnish the oil painting.
  • In olden days in order to make the painting last long, oil paints were boiled in resins. This would shield the painting, give it a shine, solidity and transparency
  • The oil paints were used to paint shields in middle ages, because it was believed that the shields were stronger when painted with oil paint than tempra paints.

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