Working with oil colour allows for a certain degree of flexibility while painting, as it takes longer to dry than other media. Should you want to alter your work days into a project, oil colour allows for such changes to be made. Its malleable nature, in addition to the depth, purity, and vibrancy of pigment quality, makes oil colour a favourite among some artists.
Familiarising yourself with the properties of various oil colours and their drying rates will help you achieve the best results, in addition to avoiding cracking and other mishaps. Generally oil colours become ‘touch-dry’ in thin films within two to 12 days, but different reactions of each pigment when mixed with oil results in varying drying times which will affect your work.
Read our oil colour Tips & Techniques library for additional tips on working with the media, and read our feature on artist Marcus Coates’ work with Artisan Water Mixable Oil Colour for more on this unique colour range.
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