Oil Painting Hack
by Andrea Brygidyr
Back in the day of Leonardo Di Vinci, there were very limited paint options. Most paints were handmade by the artist with pigment and/or eggs (egg tempera). Then along came oil paints, which were usually preserved with linseed oil. These allowed artists to purchase high quality paint in a tube. Oil paints didn't dry out quickly, they didn't crack after being applied and they didn't smell like eggs! Oil paints were a total hit!
Oils are known for their long drying time. This allows the artist to work slowly, which is a blessing as well as a curse. For model horses, its most often a curse, mostly because dust loves to find wet ponies. If painted thickly, oils can take over a month to dry... oh and it said that oil paint never fully dries, it just cures.
However, I have a little hack that I learned in university that can help with this. Instead of a conventional plastic pallet, I use a piece of cardboard.
The cardboard will absorb the oils from the paints, and this speeds up the drying time. Personally I dry brush my oils, and they are nearly dry in an hour.
Hope this helps someone!