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    Question asked 2018-05-22 13:06:13 ... Most recent comment 2018-05-23 18:28:54
    Oil Paint Drying Oils

    What kind of mediums or additives​ can I add to my oil paint to give it a sticky/stringy quality that won't also cause the paint to level? The use of bodied oils provides the stickyness and stringiness, but levels too much. 

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    I achieved a nice, ropy body adding 10% marbledust to titanium white tube oils, then adding a small amount of stand oil with a palette knife. The resulting mixture was long-bodied with sinuous ribbons when brushed. It's important to achieve a homogenous distribution with the marbledust first, because it's a lot harder to work the paint once stand oil has been added. I think a small pile could be mixed with a wide, flat palette knife, but a larger pile (enough to fill a tube) will require a muller to reduce clusters of powder.

    Matthew Kinsey, Utrecht Art Supplies
    2018-05-22 19:08:18
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    ​Marble dust is one thing I've tried that seems to help somewhat, but I also want to thin the consistency of the paint, which degrades the stringiness that the marble dust adds. So maybe my diluting agent needs to somehow add/retain stringiness?

    2018-05-23 11:28:53
  • EditDeleteModerator Answer

    An alkyd-based gel medium may help retain ropiness better than liquid. In particular, some of the alkyd gels sold in tubes are good for retaining paint body.

    Matthew Kinsey, Utrecht Art Supplies
    2018-05-23 18:28:54

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