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Winter's Grace

Mikniks 26 Sep 2020

First attempt at painting since I was about 13! I think I chose a good one to try given the few color choices, but I had a hard time with the paint being a little too runny on the canvas - not sure if I applied too much liquid white or if there was some other issue. The giant blue hill on the left was me messing around and attempting to practice a cabin (didn't go well!)



Felix Creator of

Well done after such a long time!

Looks like too much liquid white. Here's a tip: apply your liquid white, then touch the painting with your index finger. You should only have a little bit of paint on your finger now, so that you can clearly see the lines of your fingerprint (on the finger).
If you have to much paint simply take a clean brush across the painting a few times to take off some color and check again.
Repeat if necessary 😊

Thank you Felix! I tried the fingerprint test and was able to see my print so I thought it was OK, but that clearly turned out to not be the case on my first two paintings lol :( - on the most recent one I tried a paper towel to soak up even more excess liquid white but I had a similar problem (though not to the same degree). I'll be back at it again today because I have a serious addiction though lol :)

Felix Creator of

Hm... What kind of paints are you using? Maybe they are already pretty thin by themselves

I tried out Gamblin 1980's on a friend's recommendation, but I just bought a few of the actual Bob Ross paints to test out and I may try Winsor and Newton at some point as well. I know that the BR paints are (obviously) designed to work specifically with this technique, but I read somewhere that some oils are actually firmer...?

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