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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...
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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.
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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!
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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!!!
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SIPULTURA1989 Featured By Owner Dec 15, 2012
these shirts are Ukrainian vushuvanka,do you have the Ukrainian root?)
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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! Also...do you happen to have any tips to students that are just starting to delve into oil painting? :)?
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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
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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.
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PrincessNarutofan Featured By Owner Nov 22, 2012  Student Traditional Artist
Это что автопортрет? и как у тебя чисто...
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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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odwild Featured By Owner Oct 29, 2012
Thanks for sharing!
Ah, I wish I had so much space to paint :XD: Most likely I will sit somewhere with my easel and paints in the cardbox, stealing time for paint. Someday, though... :woohoo:
The thing with iPad is really awesome, I guess if I had one I'd definitely use this invention :XD:

I use Liquin too, lineseed oil was terrible, indeed and as soon as I got Liquin I don't use anything else for oils. I also paint with acrylics and often use them straight from the tube (I generally rarely mix colors on the palette), sometimes dilute them with clean water or acrylic medium like Golden Thinner to make them workable for a longer time. I am about to get Winsor&Newton Galeria acrylic extender, my friend tried it and was satisfied.
Working with mixed media is a pure madness: watercolor, colored pencils, watercolor pencils, alcohol-based markers and pastels along with graphite and ink, all in one work. Pretty fun ^_^

Brushes: synthetic (ivory range), hog bristle and moongoose by Rosemary & Co., mostly filberts and rounds. I found them most reliable and cheap compared to my local store brushes that were cheaper but not lasting for long time. I take good care of my brushes, clean them immediately after painting session with hot water and soap, never really had any special cleaner but I never let my brushes to stay with paint on them.
For mixed media I have two waterbrushes, round and flat and they are enogh. Very convenient invention.

Plastic palette for oils, white. And ordinary plastic pot saucers for acrylics (cheap and I usually throw them away when the paint is too thick on them). Watercolors - I use watercolors in pans so no palette needed.

Paints - cheap oils (want to change to Winsor Gryffin alkyd oils but I think saving for them will take me next few years >_<); acrylics - some Maimeri and Liquitex mostly, also some Polish cheap brands. Watercolors - Karmanski (Polish brand, very good). Also Derwent pencils of all kinds and Copic sketch markers.

I paint on canvas boards, wood (primed or not) and of course paper if it's mixed media.

That would be all I think, if you're interested. I always like to exchange such information :aww:
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Jasmine-Jean Featured By Owner Oct 25, 2012   General Artist
Oh yes, and did you learn everything you know now from college, or self-learning and practice?
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Jasmine-Jean Featured By Owner Oct 25, 2012   General Artist
Very interesting to read this, and gain an insight into your process. How long have you been painting in oil for? I am ready for a change. I taught myself how to use watercolours last year, but next year I am graduating from my art college and I am really interested to learn how to use oils & acrylics. However I have never worked like this, I'm usually using pen, or graphite, on a smaller scale at my desk. What are your tips to transfer to painting with oils? I want to learn, but I must admit I'm a little frightened.
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DonStracci Featured By Owner Sep 26, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
What kind of liquin are you using? The original one or the liquid liquin?
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JonnyDark Featured By Owner Sep 25, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
One danger you have to watch is wearing out your shoulder and arm painting like that for hours and hours on end.
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Hinotechi Featured By Owner Sep 16, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
That painting is gorgeous O_O I wish I had space like that somewhere.

Gosh, I love that grey-esque colouring sensation. You're amazing
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Carojo Featured By Owner Sep 16, 2012
Thanks for the glimpse into your studio and process. I love the rolling taboret. Do you get your supplies online?
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alifann Featured By Owner Sep 16, 2012  Student Traditional Artist
I used to buy my Langnickel Brushes when I used to paint with square shaped. From this site. They actually have a sale on right now. So cheap but if you use it a lot they kinda fall down on your painting (the hairs i mean)

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saltares Featured By Owner Sep 15, 2012
Nice.
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21stCenturyDamocles Featured By Owner Sep 15, 2012  Professional General Artist
hey thanks for the out line have you used Williamsburg or Gamblen those are my two current fave's. im only using round brushes now vary small ones to boot just the big ones for back ground if i have a large open space. i use a laptop for reference but i till print out a big one some times i want to take it with me in hand when i get back away for critique. i only paint in natural light i have two big sliding glass doors at each end of my studio that face north its the best i ever had . and my most favorite think is my H easel. its a really large on holds up to an 89" tall painting up to 9ft wide it has wheels i can turn it away from the light or back as the day progress. i see things in lower light or brighter that i do not see at other angles. i don't know why i find that important but it really makes me feel i know what my work looks like in all differing ways. if you can only splurge on one thing i say do it on your easel Leonardo used a rolling easel too that could hold two works at ones. and he was the man!
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alifann Featured By Owner Sep 15, 2012  Student Traditional Artist
I find that when I print out a reference its completely different colours from a computer and I get disappointed. Your really lucky to paint in natural light, my studio also has some natural light but winter is coming and that will be shorter. I hate painting under my fake orange lights. I have a phobia about mirrors while painting. Because when I'm painting I can see with the side of my eye that something is moving and that is actually my arm so I feel like someone is watching me. Creeps me out.

So I'm guessing you have an industrial easel. I envy that, but I think no one can compete with the same easel that Chuck Close has. Last time I saw his chair became an elevator so he can reach his paintings.
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21stCenturyDamocles Featured By Owner Sep 15, 2012  Professional General Artist
ya i can see how mirrors could do that. i have to just get up and down like two million times a day but its good exercises its a retail easel not that expensive they have really come down in price the last few years i think i only payed 500.00$ US for it. yes the computer can mute the colors that's why i have the printed version too. the secret to good prints is to buy and Epson printer i have one that dose 13x19 the jets are 1 micron in size and there color tech is unparalleled. don't let any one tell you other wise iv had every kind of printer money can buy this one is the best its so vivid and my blacks are really black not that iridized green you get in Dye type printers not expensive ether i only payed like 400.00 for it. the only problems i have had is if i let it set to long the jets dry up but i found a great tutorial on how to clean them on the net no problems now.
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AstridBruning Featured By Owner Sep 15, 2012
thanks for the info, its always wonderful to see how another artist works :iconleartistplz: (love your work!, very inspirational)
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TuesdayNightCompany Featured By Owner Sep 15, 2012
Thanks for the data! I've used linseed oil as my primary in the past, but all my paintings have been largely warm-palette and I haven't noticed yellowing.
I just recently decided to take my oils up again, so this is all good info for me! I also do the glass palette trick, but seal it in a plastic container to prevent the oil smell.
Speaking of yellow, my mind is blown. You own no yellow? This is crazy talk!
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alifann Featured By Owner Sep 15, 2012  Student Traditional Artist
I used to wrap my oils in saran wrap. At this moment I can't tell whats an oil smell, I'v been painting for a while that its just became a natural air to me... I should do a health check on my lungs hmm.
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21stCenturyDamocles Featured By Owner Sep 16, 2012  Professional General Artist
oil smell whats that!
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TuesdayNightCompany Featured By Owner Sep 15, 2012
An oil smell is what other people in your household complain about. XD
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tubyx Featured By Owner Sep 15, 2012  Student Traditional Artist
it's great knowing what a master uses ! thank you
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Dr-Aim Featured By Owner Sep 15, 2012  Student General Artist
thanks for the tips, I should try some when I get on oil paint this year !
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wimpy3 Featured By Owner Sep 15, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Rock on! Working with good tools results in happy painting results in great artwork!! :D Thanks for sharing!
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StormyLulu Featured By Owner Sep 14, 2012  Student Traditional Artist
Thank you for this. It's really great to see how the process works.
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Elyonlover Featured By Owner Sep 14, 2012
I love your progression into your Russian side :D
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alifann Featured By Owner Sep 14, 2012  Student Traditional Artist
yahh i dont get it ! Maybe my nostalgic memories are calling ?
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Elyonlover Featured By Owner Sep 15, 2012
Aah, I think nostalgia is a great source for art. Where you born in Russia, or?
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alifann Featured By Owner Sep 15, 2012  Student Traditional Artist
close to moscow Rostov no donu
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Elyonlover Featured By Owner Sep 15, 2012
Hehe, Rostov isn't that close to Moscow XD
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alifann Featured By Owner Sep 15, 2012  Student Traditional Artist
Your not allowed to know that ! Shh.. I just say it to people hoping they will nudge their heads and agree to what I say.
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Elyonlover Featured By Owner Sep 16, 2012
Hahaha, I get what you mean! Been there, done that.
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TeresaClark Featured By Owner Sep 14, 2012  Professional General Artist
You are the cleanest painter ever! :D
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alifann Featured By Owner Sep 14, 2012  Student Traditional Artist
thanks :D i tend to hate distractions. I may be clean artist but if you have seen my sink ... emm yahh dont go there.
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TeresaClark Featured By Owner Sep 15, 2012  Professional General Artist
:giggle:
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The-Seldom-Seen-Kid Featured By Owner Sep 14, 2012
Nice space :D
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carcadann Featured By Owner Sep 14, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
I love that you have the Ipad taped directly to the painting. :heart:
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shorty97 Featured By Owner Sep 14, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
i sometimes dip my brushes in nail polish remover.
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