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nolan

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Reply #30 on: February 03, 2014, 11:11:11 AM
under my name on the left you will see there is a little speech bubble, click that. Otherwise click my name to view my profile, then one of the options will allow you to PM me O0


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Reply #31 on: February 03, 2014, 11:14:50 AM
Thanks I had just had a good play with the site and found it, although I hadn't worked out the speech bubble so thanks.  I have pm'ed you  ;)
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Reply #32 on: March 10, 2014, 11:55:12 AM
Can I paint in oils with a synthetic brush or must I use natural hair brushes?
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Reply #33 on: March 10, 2014, 11:59:43 AM
synthetic is fine O0


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Reply #34 on: March 10, 2014, 06:32:49 PM
Is there an issue with any particular solvents on synthetic Fibers?
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Reply #35 on: January 21, 2015, 01:49:42 PM
Nolan, is your webinar the Oil Painting QnA class? Is your PDF re materials part of that class? When I clicked on the link you gave in your very first post in this thread, it said I wasn't authorized to view it.
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Reply #36 on: January 27, 2015, 01:14:40 PM
the webinar is the equipment class itself, I have fixed the link in the first thread.


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Reply #37 on: January 28, 2015, 09:46:27 AM
Thanks very much, Nolan.
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Reply #38 on: October 09, 2015, 07:14:22 AM
I am getting my equipment together to start working with paint. I have watched the video and now have my list and a few odd bits of equipment. I do have a question about the turps? Is this turpentine and is it strictly used for thinning? The Mineral Spirits that I purchases is called Gamsol, will this be okay to clean oil brushes? Is this the only thing the Gamsol is used for? Do I need separate brushes for oil and acrylic painting? And do I have the process for cleaning brushes correct..... clean with mineral spirits/wash with soap and water? And lastly, is Liquin a better medium or can I use strictly an oil? Someone told me that Linseed oil creates a shiny finish. They use Walnut oil and I have read where Poppy Oil is also recommended. Also, the brushes that I have say not to use Mineral Spirits or Turpentine to clean. Are these not good brushes? Would someone expound on this please?
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Reply #39 on: October 11, 2015, 12:41:42 PM
sounds great :heeha:

1) turps - the turpentine is only for cleaning brushes, use a painting medium or oil to thin your paints.
2) brushes - I use the same brushes for oil & acrylic painting
3) washing brushes - after painting with oil, I wash with turps. When they get very dirty, I will follow with a soap and water treatment as well (maybe every few weeks)
when washing after painting with acrylic you only wash in water or soap and water, no turps
4) you can use oil only, a painting medium like Liquin just speeds up the drying process where the oil will thin the paint but not speed up the drying process
5) I use linseed oil and it does dry to a slightly more glossy finish than the paint on it's own, but not so much that it bothers. There are other oils you can use, but I personally don't.
6) I have never seen brushes that tell you not to use turps to clean them, maybe post a photo of the label so I can take a look for you


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Reply #40 on: October 11, 2015, 04:03:24 PM
I have tried taking several pictures and they are not clear enough to see the fine print. I am going away for a couple of weeks in the morning and when I get back I will see if I can do better with my good camera. In the mean time, I am sending the name of the brushes and exactly what is says in the warning.

I purchased them from Hobby Lobby, which is a craft store here in the states. I believe this is their store brand called "The Fine Touch". I have two different packages of them and on the front it says "For Use With: Oil, Watercolor, Acrylics, Tempera"; "For Use On Canvas, Ceramic, Fabric, Wood, Copper, Tin & Other Surfaces." On the back It says "Caution - Do not use mineral spirits or turpentine to clean these brushes." For Oil, "dip in odorless brush cleaner after using, squeeze out as much excess color as possible and wash with soap and water." "Reshape with fingers."

The item number for these are #853713 and #847269. Maybe you could see them online, if not, when I get back, I will send pictures.

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Reply #41 on: October 16, 2015, 01:57:04 PM
Hobby Lobby generic brushes are notorious for falling apart. The heads will pop off and need to be reattached with a glue gun. They have both bristle and synthetic and are fine for scrubbing and doing rough work.  When you are a beginner you are never sure what brushes you will like so you are going to have a learning experience testing brushes.  Some paintings need bristle and some need the synthetic.  Some oil paintings you can do with a simple hardware brush.  Oil painting can be a costly endeavor so do not be upset for this bargain brand purchase. If you have low quality paint, brushes and canvas your paintings will always seem a bit off.  Do not give up.... Over time you need to  purchase the best supplies you can afford.


I hope the links I posted are to the brushes you have purchased.


http://www.hobbylobby.com/Art-Supplies/Brushes/6-Piece-Bristle-Nylon-%26-Camel-Art-Brush-Set/p/27367


http://www.hobbylobby.com/Art-Supplies/Brushes/8-Piece-Brown-Nylon-Art-Brush-Set/p/19532





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Reply #42 on: October 18, 2015, 06:16:07 PM
Hi there, thank you for your comments, they are always welcome. I do have some beginner paints and brushes that I have picked up over the years. It has been difficult finding other art supply stores where I live. Right now I am in Tallahassee, FL. and the have a fabulous art store here. They carry the paints that Nolan recommended. I will end up using what I have for brushes at the moment just to get started and will make the necessary purchases for good equipment as I go along.
Ginger


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Reply #43 on: October 18, 2015, 06:19:41 PM
Yes, those are the exact brushes. It says not to clean with turpentine or mineral spirits. Rather than purchase a specific type cleaner for these brushes, I would just purchase new brushes. Any recommendations would be helpful.
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Reply #44 on: October 19, 2015, 11:37:44 AM
I don't use any specific brand of brushes, any old bristle brushes will work.

What I suggest you do is test one of the brushes you have by washing it in turps to see what happens. If nothing happens, then use them - otherwise they are just going to end up in the cupboard anyway.

If the brush damages, then use it for watercolour or acrylic painting O0


 

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