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Just wanted to give a little tour on my materials that I use to paint (or what I find works for me)

*Liquin- Used to use mineral spirits, and linseed oil but I found how much linseed oil tends to turn all my colours yellow. Mineral spirits became too watered down many people asked if I painted with watercolours. Liquin and a bit of poppy seed oil makes a perfect mixture. (Almond oil is what I want to try in future)

*Brushes- Round Synthetic mongoose. Flat square brushes was my fav back in the time but no longer.

*Pallet- I buy a painting frame with glass for $8 then I put a white paper under the glass and use that to mix my paints. I used to own a little fridge where I would store my pallet over night (it never dries but your fridge will smell like oil)

*Reference photos- I tape an ipad to my painting and I can zoom in, play music, photoshop and skype while I paint. Best invention ever !

*Paints- I have upgraded to higher more expensive paints thanks to my gift cards (think of it as an investment). Old-Holland, Karma Pigments, Classico and many Winsor paints. My favourite colours at the moment is Kings Blue and Paynes Grey. I stopped using Titanium white, I now use Soft mixing white or Led White (If your doing portrait painting titanium white absorbs light like your dry white walls while led white or flake white reflects and makes it more alive). I actually don't own yellow or yellow ochre I just never needed for my paintings.

*Cleaner- Winsor & Newton Brush Cleaner & Restorer. None toxic. It can restore your dead brushes to life. I also wash my brushes with soap and hot water.

Hope this info helps. Let me know what tricks you use at your studio. I'm always ready to try something new. Plus check out my newer work on my site.

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annabialek Featured By Owner Jul 31, 2013
I can see you do no underpainting, am I right? your works are amazing, but I can't imagine working like piece after piece, having no working preview of the whole picture...
MargoSchopf Featured By Owner Apr 18, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
OMG cannot believe the neatness of your studio. Mine is total chaos, but then I guess one's space really does reflect one's mind. Your work is wonderful.
rotdu Featured By Owner Jan 26, 2013
Thanks for the quick peek into your studio. I also appreciate your comments on the whites. Your work is amazing, btw!
footinadream Featured By Owner Jan 11, 2013  Student General Artist
no wonder your whites are so brilliant!! I've always wanted to try flake or lead white but I've been to scared ^^; I'm the type that will find hours later that I've accidentally wiped paint all over my face . Interesting to see what you use, thanks!!!
SIPULTURA1989 Featured By Owner Dec 15, 2012
these shirts are Ukrainian vushuvanka,do you have the Ukrainian root?)
thewordlesssignature Featured By Owner Dec 2, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
I just started my intermediate oil painting class and I'm so happy to find this journal update...! It's really inspiring and informative! you happen to have any tips to students that are just starting to delve into oil painting? :)?
warnertoddjames Featured By Owner Nov 23, 2012
have you ever considered Walnut oil? the smell is great and i like the feel of the brushes.
Thanks for sharing!! love to see artists workspace/studio and materials..great work
NR43 Featured By Owner Nov 22, 2012   Traditional Artist
I use an old credit card to clean the palette... works like a charm and it's a lot quicker than using a palette knife etc.
PrincessNarutofan Featured By Owner Nov 22, 2012  Student Traditional Artist
Это что автопортрет? и как у тебя чисто...
SerinaGyrfalc Featured By Owner Nov 20, 2012  Student Filmographer
Oh it is so nice! You make me eager for my semester to end so I can paint, too! I never thought to use an iPad for that though. :o Very inventive!
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