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bottleman

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on: December 15, 2010, 08:35:54 PM
Although common sense is always the best practice when dealing with studio materials, I thought it would be good to start a thread covering some important issues.  Please add any tips, of course.

Don't drink and paint - No, I'm not talking about painting under the influence, although that's probably a bad idea too :drunk:.  Rather, never place an open beverage, such as a cup of tea, on your painting table.  There is a chance you unknowingly dip a brush in the beverage.  I have seen this happen, and ingesting paint or mediums is one of the worst things you can do.

Odorless does not mean fume-less - Odorless mineral spirits are very popular among oil painters, both as a medium addition and of course for brush cleaning.  Although these evaporate at a significantly slower rate than regular spirits or pure turpentine, fumes are still there, even if you can't smell them.  Cover any jars/containers when not in use, and open a window.

Acrylics might not be better - Until 1955, acrylic paints were mineral spirit based, before the familiar water soluble types appeared.  One problem plagued artists acrylics, along with their latex house paint cousin: shelf life.  A tube of paint had to be used up within a year, including how ever long it had been in the store, as the chemicals would begin to separate.  To combat this, manufacturers have since added formaldehydes and preservatives that can cause irritating fumes.  If you are painting a large canvas, open a window.

Wash your hands before eating - If you're like me, a long painting session can result in a snack attack.  Again, one of the worst things you can do is ingest paint, so wash carefully before eating.  Dennis already create a good post regarding paint on your hands.


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Reply #1 on: December 15, 2010, 09:43:07 PM
It may be common sense to some artists, but I take no advice for granted.  Thanks for the reminders and tips bottleman. :clap:
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Reply #2 on: December 16, 2010, 01:46:51 AM
Excellent topic  O0 Never hurts to raise one's awareness... or at least  :coffee: wake it up! Thanks for the reminder Bottleman.
Cheers, Val

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Reply #3 on: December 16, 2010, 12:13:49 PM
lighting : Always ensure you have good lighting, it not only ensures that your painting turns out better, but it reduces eye strain. Always ensure the light is coming from the correct direction, eg. if you are right handed the light source must come from above and to the left so the cast shadow falls under your hand / arm and not over the area you are painting.

ergonomics : ensure the canvas and chair are the correct height in relation to each other - you don't want to be all hunched up when painting or you will put unnecessary strain on your back.


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Reply #4 on: December 16, 2010, 04:13:19 PM
....and on a lighter note: never put your coffee right next to your rinsing water/turps..  :D


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Reply #5 on: December 16, 2010, 04:28:28 PM
 :heeha: have done that WAAAAY too many times


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Reply #6 on: December 20, 2010, 07:05:32 PM
Two excellent additions nolan.  Have to confess that I occasionally catch myself with the canvas at the incorrect height.


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Reply #7 on: July 28, 2015, 05:36:06 AM
Clean and dry floors:  keep floor dry and free of clutter, specially if you work standing up, to avoid slipping or tripping... hip fracture is a potential hazard  :(

p.s. I think it is good to revive old but important topics.
Cheers, Annie
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Reply #8 on: July 28, 2015, 05:57:58 PM
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Don't drink and paint
It's called painting under the affluence on inkahol :2funny:
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Reply #9 on: July 28, 2015, 06:28:54 PM
 :2funny:  I'm rolling on the floor, my tummy hurts from laughing.  :2funny: :2funny: :2funny:
Cheers, Annie
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Reply #10 on: July 28, 2015, 08:59:14 PM
 :2funny:
Cheers, Val

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