HINTS FOR OIL PAINTING ON PANEL AND LINEN
Oil painting on Oil Primed Belgian Linen
by Susan Harrison-Tustain
As many of you know I paint both in watercolor and oil.
I am often asked what substrate I use for my oil paintings.
Generally for oil painting I prefer to use Belgian linen. Often oil primed – but also sometimes acrylic primed Belgian linen.
I always add at least two more coats of Schmincke Gundiermasse gesso to the surface of my acrylic primed linen before I begin painting. This ensures there is not leakage into uncovered linen.
HINT: You can check your linen prior to beginning to paint by holding it up against the light. If you see tiny pin holes, simply apply more coats of gesso to ensure the linen is well sealed.
Oil primed linen generally does not need more coats of oil priming ‘gesso’.
If you are using oil primed linen – it is advisable not to use an acrylic under-painting. Use only oil paints.
POPLAR BOARD PANELS
For my latest collection I am currently working creating – I am using a cradled Poplar laminated board that has sealer and several coats of gesso. Sanded between each layer once dried. I have a craftsman create these for me – however a quick search on the internet will help you find a supplier of these boards.
I particularly love using these boards as they are stable, egg-shell smooth and ideally suitable for the theme I am currently working on. I hope to reveal some of these latest works at the end of 2015.
I am currently head down creating my fifth professional How to Paint Oil Video / DVD for artists of all levels! This will be my fifth how to paint video / how to paint DVD! It won’t be available for many months – as our reputation for attention to detail, professionalism and quality is very important to us.
Exciting times ahead!
Happy painting everyone!
Instructional Art DVD’s and Video Downloads
Click on any of the DVD images below to find more in-depth information on the contents of each of the DVDs and Video Downloads.
DVD: Watercolor Masterclass Volume One: “Painting Life-Like Leaves and Vibrant Greens” – for all skill levelsUS$54.50
One-on-One Watercolor Workshops with Susan Harrison-Tustain – for all skill levelsUS$54.50
Painting Watercolor My Way with Susan Harrison-Tustain – for all skill levelsUS$54.50
Watercolor Portrait Workshop with Susan Harrison-Tustain – for all skill levelsUS$54.50