Creating a Lean Underpainting for Your Oil Painting
You all know the rule – Fat over Lean – but how do you start an oil painting abiding by this rule?
A lean underpainting is an essential technique in oil painting that involves applying a thin, transparent layer of paint to establish the basic structure and values of your artwork. This initial layer serves as a foundation upon which additional layers of paint can be added later.
WE show you how to create lean mediums and start your painting using Tusc & Pine StudioSolv.
What is StudioSolv™: It is a purified professional, odor-free oil-thinning medium. It’s designed to thin oils and mediums while maintaining the integrity of your color. Great for modifying painting mediums, thinning oils and mediums while maintaining the integrity of your color with a higher safer flashpoint rating and…Made in the USA!
Add sparingly to your oil paints, and experiment with different ratios to find the consistency you prefer.
Materials Used in Video
How To Create a Lean Underpainting for Your Oil Painting
(Refer to video – Steps seen in video)
After watching the Creating a Lean Underpainting for Your Oil Painting Video, Take your Materials List Above and Follow Along ( TIP: refer to our article on What is Underpainting in Oil Painting? )
Measure out 30ml of Linseed Oil into your measuring cup
Measure out 90ml of StudioSolv into your measuring cup
Combine into Resealable Container
MIX WELL!! and Label the Jar 1:3 Medium
Repeat the Process using 180ml of StudioSolv for a 1:6 Ratio
Swatch Both Mediums: Mix the 1:3 Lean Painting Medium with paint color, Mix the 1:6 Lean Painting Medium with Paint color and swatch them side by side (using a brush lay down your medium, bring some paint to it and mix with brush. Then swatch (as seen in the video).
The greater the dilution the lighter the swatch
Left to right: (left) 1:6 Lean Painting Medium, (right) 1:3 Lean Painting Medium
Tone Your Canvas: Begin to tone your canvas using the 1:6 medium
Block In Shapes: Next we are going to block in shapes with the 1:3 medium (less diluted). Begin adding some 1:3 medium over the 1:6 medium on plate and and add you color to it
Underpainting is now complete
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- What is Underpainting in Oil Painting?
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- How To Clean Oil Paint Brushes
- 5 Pro Tricks for the Beginning Oil Painter