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Avoid Cracking When Painting Using Oils

When Frank Chenault is not working at Chenault Enterprises, he can usually be seen surfing the waves around Big Sur, CA. Aside from being the acquisition director for his company, he is also a professional surfer. At his home in Big Sur, CA, Frank Chenault spends his time writing, playing guitar, and oil painting.

Oil painting relies on the build-up of colors using different layers. These layers will interact with each other in order to produce a specific outcome at the end of the painting session. In order to achieve a certain look, painters should follow a few simple rules.

After placing a background layer, the succeeding layers of paint will need to be more flexible than the last. To make a layer more flexible, the painter needs to add more medium to their paint. This prevents cracking while the paint dries.

Another thing to remember is that thick layers of paint should be applied over thin layers. The latter dries quicker, which means that it will be more likely to crack if it is placed on top of a thicker layer that is still wet. This is also the reason why fast-drying layers of paint should be placed beneath slow-drying layers of paint.


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