Painting Tips and Safety

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Our Tips for Best Practices and Safe Choices

Top Tip: About your acrylic paints: Bob Ross brushes and paints are used, however water misable paints can also be used although they are “stickier”.  If trying to paint images from the Wonderful World of Painting Video Lessons in acrylic (especially land/seascapes) then extender will have to be used to keep some areas wet enough to blend.

A Few of the Most Common Tips for Instant Benefit

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Quick Tips for Better Understanding

Tip: As this a wet-on-wet method, the first step is to make the canvas wet with a thinner oil base paint such as:

- Liquid White (used in most paintings)
- Liquid Black (used when you are doing a dark painting)
- Liquid Clear (when you don’t want to lighten the paint you are using)

These can also be used to thin down your paints to lighten, darken, or thin.   Odorless thinner can also be used to thin down the paints. 

Tip: Do not use soap and water to clean your brushes
This will stip the natural oils from the brushes and then you will end up with a brush with a bad hairdo.

Tip: Always Remember...
A thinner paint sticks to a thicker paint


Do NOT keep unopened thinners next to yo when your are painting, KEEP THEM SECURELY COVERED.

They may be odorless but still give off fumes which can be harmful. Take the cleaning equipment to a well ventilated area - preferably outdoors or the garage.

ALSO make sure to wash your hands well with lukewarm water, not hot wich will open the pores to let the thinners be absorbed through your skin.

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