Oct
7
2014

Fat Over Lean

Want Less Cracking in Your Oil Painting?

Many oil painters will advocate "Fat over Lean" painting but not everyone knows exactly what that means. Today, we are going to explore that topic and share some of the best new mediums to improve your oil painting.

 

Fat Over Lean

Fat over Lean refers to the oil painting principle that applying paint with a higher ratio of oil to color pigments OVER paint with a lower ratio of oil to color pigments can ensure a more flexible paint film that will not crack later on down the road when the paint dries and ages. Since the drying time of various oil paints varies, making sure that your upper layers of paint dry slower than the lower layers is vital to your painting not cracking over time.

Fat and Lean

  • Fat painting is taking oil paint straight from the tube and putting it directly to canvas. Fat painting is characterized by being thick, oily, sticky, shiny, non-pourous and has much more sheen to it. On the brush itself, the paint should have a lot more drag to it. 
  • Lean painting is taking oil paint and mixing it with turpentine or other mediums to thin it out more diluted with drying agents so that it spreads easier from your brush and will dry faster. The paint will look thinner, non-oily, matte and porous.

Application

 Pretty self-explanatory at this point. Mix your oil paint with a lean medium to dilute the oil and your bottom layers of your painting will dry faster. Then when you start another layer, leave the paint thicker or even mix it with a fat medium to avoid cracking in your painting and even give your painting more of a glossy look over time. 

Two New Mediums for Fat over Lean Painting

  •  Chelsea Classical Studio Clarified Lean Medium-Handcrafted from the finest materials, this oil medium thins paint and decreases drying time!- a handmade oil medium that uses lavender spike oil essence, which is a safer alternative to ones made with turpentine, as it smells sweet, decreases drying time and thins the paint. It is crafted from a mixture of pure, extra-pale, cold pressed linseed oil and lavender spike oil essence. For Chelsea Classical Mediums, even the ingredients of their mediums are handcrafted to ensure absolutely the highest quality products. The oil in the Clarified Lean Medium is cold-pressed, purified and de-yellowed by traditional, natural processes that strives to make the palest, cleanest pure linseed oil for artists’ to use. The Oil of Spike Lavender Solvent is made from distilled lavender which is a clean, safe to breathe solvent with a strong sweet smell. A "Lean" Medium refers to the “Fat Over Lean” technique, which means to apply a paint layer rich in oil (a fat) over a layer with less oil (a lean) layer on a painting. This simple principle is fundamental to controlling the paint adhesion, drying time and glossiness of oil colors. This fine-art quality medium has a light oil content mixed with a varnish, so it will thin the paint, make it dry faster, and is recommended for the early layers of painting.
  • Chelsea Classical Studio Clarified Fat Medium- A handcrafted oil medium that improves glossiness and dry time!- A "Fat" Medium refers to the “Fat Over Lean” technique, which means to apply a paint layer rich in oil (a fat) over a layer with less oil (a lean) layer on a painting. This simple principle is fundamental to controlling the paint adhesion, drying time and glossiness of oil colors.The Clarified Fat Medium, by Chelsea Classical Studios, is a handmade oil medium that decreases drying time and increases glossiness. It is crafted from a mixture of pure, extra-pale, cold pressed linseed oil and lavender damar varnish. For Chelsea Classical Mediums, even the ingredients of their mediums are handcrafted to ensure absolutely the highest quality products. The Clarified Fat Medium is made with made with linseed oil that is purified and de-yellowed by traditional, natural processes that strive to make the palest, cleanest, pure linseed oil for artists’ to use. The damar resin is dissolved in distilled Oil of Spike Lavender Solvent for the varnish that is mixed with the oil. This fine-art quality medium has a large oil content mixed with a varnish so is considered fairly fat, rich and glossy.

Available only at Jerry's Artarama, Chelsea Classical Studio Mediums are the highest quality, handmade and natural artist materials created using historic methods and techniques. They are made for artists by artists who deeply care about the quality of materials used including non-toxic lavender, solvents and varnishes, and naturally cleaned, cold-pressed linseed and walnut oils. 

Oct
4
2014

2014 Prismacolor Back to School Contest Winners

Well, we here at Jerry's Artarama have tallied the results and we've finally got our winners for our 2014 Back to School Prismacolor Contest! Each of our winners will receive some fabulous prizes from Jerry's Artarama and Prismacolor. Here is our gallery of winners:


 

First Place

 Winner: Caitlin Lee

"I love using Prismacolors because I can blend colors super easily and get a wide range of tones and shades. I really like doing fur in Prismas because I can get that depth of the fur easier than other mediums."


 

Second Place

Winner: Natalie Prince

 

"This was actually my first time using Prismacolors, and boy was I super impressed. I had heard a few reviews on the leads breaking, but I didn't have that problem at all. The way they blend into a creamy smooth texture is absolutely amazing, and I was using some of the scholars with this. Definitely recommending to friends. Love them so much!"


 

Third Place

Winner: Emma Nichols

 

"Prismacolor colored pencils are my favorite colored medium because they offer such a versatile range of techniques. They work well in full color or in simple monochromatic schemes. And they are easy to transport, making them ideal for students like me. Prismacolor products are top of the line!"


 

Fourth Place

Winner: Sonjamat

"Prismacolor Colored Pencils were one of the first legit, professional art supplies I've ever had." 


Keep up to date with all of our art contests on our Art Contest Page.

Oct
2
2014

Announcing the Matisse Derivan and SoHo Fall Painting Contests

Win big with Jerry's this Fall!

This Fall, Jerry's Artarama announces two new painting contests from SoHo and Matisse Derivan. Now you have the chance to win up to $2,250. Enter today!


 

2014 Fall Matisse Derivan Painting Contest

Acrylics

Since 1964, Derivan has provided artists all over the world with fine acrylic products, including their famous Matisse range of professional acrylics. Based in Australia, the founders wanted to start a company "to make available to artists worldwide a premium paint, whilst remaining environmentally and socially responsible." The company has done just that, growing from a tiny business that operated out of stables in Sydney's inner city, to a multinational corporation. They are truly an innovative company, introducing the first student grade acrylics in the 1960s, as well as thee first non-toxic screen and block printing inks! Until recently, the company was known as "Matisse Derivan" as Matisse Acrylics were their only product at that time.

 

How To Enter

 Enter up to 2 paintings may be entered per contestant, and each painting may be represented by two separate images. The required first image must show the painting in its entirety from the front. The optional second image should show a detail view of the work, such as a close up of the paint texture of the focal point of the painting.

  • Please name each image with the painting title and artist name.
  • Works must be submitted as a digital image in JPG format only.
  • PowerPoint format is not accepted. 
  • The image resolution should be no lower than 150 dpi and no higher than 300 dpi.
  • The file size should not exceed 10MB (megabytes).
  • You will receive e-mail confirmation once your work has been received.
  • We would love to get your recommendation. In the "Statement of Recommendation" bod located on the contest entry form, please explain why you enjoyed using Matisse Acrylics and why you would recommend them to others.

 

Enter at on our Jerry's Artarama 2014 Fall Matisse Derivan Painting Contest Page


Contest ends December 31st, 2014

 

 Last Years' Winners


 


 

2014 Fall SoHo Painting Contest

Acrylics, Oil Colors, Watercolors and Colored Pencils

SoHo Urban Artist is dedicated to bringing fine art materials to both amateur and professional artists the world over. From high quality oils, acrylics, and watercolors to colored pencils, pastels, studio easels, seating to canvas, palettes, brush cleaners and more. SoHo Urban Artist art supplies provide any artist with a thorough and well-rounded studio set-up at excellent savings. No matter the medium and no matter the skill level, every artist can benefit from the affordable, quality art materials provided by SoHo Urban Artist.

 

How To Enter

 Enter up to 2 paintings may be entered per contestant, and each painting may be represented by two separate images. The required first image must show the painting in its entirety from the front. The optional second image should show a detail view of the work, such as a close up of the paint texture of the focal point of the painting.

  • Please name each image with the painting title and artist name.
  • Works must be submitted as a digital image in JPG format only.
  • PowerPoint format is not accepted. 
  • The image resolution should be no lower than 150 dpi and no higher than 300 dpi.
  • The file size should not exceed 10MB (megabytes).
  • You will receive e-mail confirmation once your work has been received.
  • In the "Statement of Recommendation" box located on the contest entry form, please explain why you enjoyed using SoHo products and why you would recommend them to others.

 

Enter at on our Jerry's Artarama 2014 Fall SoHo Painting Contest Page

 

Contest ends December 31st, 2014

 

 Last Years' Winners

 


Enter today and be sure to check the Jerry's Artarama Contest Page for updates and new contests!

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