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Northern Lights

Kati
30 Dec 2021

My second attempt at Northern Lights, this time with oil paints. I like the oil paint version better than the acrylic version, but it was much more difficult. With the exception of the aurora, that was easier with oils. I still have trouble getting the oil paints to stick, so any advice is greatly appreciated. For example, the cabin was super tough because the paint just wouldn’t stick on top of all the other paint.

Oils

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It turned out really well, your lights are super neat. By the time you come to do your cabin you've already got quite a lot of paint on there so you need to scrape off a cabin shaped area with your knife, get as much off as you can, then paint your cabin. It will help if you apply your cabin colour and highlight at the same time in one stroke, that way you won't need to add more on top (see where bob mixes colours together but leaves it marbled). And if you did that and still have trouble you can scape off and try again, or let it dry and add more paint later if you want to. Hope that helps.

Voy Kay
Conqueror of Challenges

Excellent advice from TLP there Kati, I do that scraping as well and it really helps a lot!

Excellent version of the Northern lights you painte The aurora is a beauty and I really adore your tree highlights!

Thank you both! I did try to scrape off paint before adding the cabin but I don't think I scraped hard enough. I wonder how much of my struggles are related to using cheap paint versus learning the proper technique. I am happy the tree highlights turned out well because I also had trouble getting those to stick.

All you need to do Kati is thin your highlight paint down a little bit and use very little pressure, and they will stick.

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