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Foundations of oil paintings (Ended)

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There are two controversial points of view in using acrylic gesso canvas to paint oil. “Traditional” artists reason that acrylic is different from oil in chemical properties, has no cross-linking, but only mechanical and oil-based links, so they take care of oil paint on acrylic gesso in the long run. Some restoration experts also sided […]

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Foundations of oil paintings (continued)

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Alkyd is one of the two most important inventions in the base material of the twentieth century. (The other invention is acrylic paint.) Alkyd is a polyester resin mixed with fatty acids and a number of other substances from there called alkyd (compounded from “al” = alcohol, ie alcohol and “cid” = organic acid). White […]

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Foundations of oil paintings – The Gesso background

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In the mid-1980s I once asked a now deceased Vietnamese artist how he prepared the background for his oil paintings. He said he only needed to take a piece of the hospital carton, paint it with white paint and let it dry. I was a little “shocked” because I myself did the same when I […]

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