I use a product called Liquin Original regularly and mention it quite often in my blogs. After a few questions from my readers I realized some people don’t know what it is or how I use it. Liquin is a non-yellowing medium for thinning oil and alkyd paint. Manufactured by Winsor Newton, Liquin also speeds up drying time. Liquin Original approximately cuts the drying time of oil colors in half, depending on climate, the colors used, and amount of Liquin you add to the paint.
I place the Liquin to the left of my colors on our Double Primary Palette. To learn more about the Double Primary Palette we use just CLICK HERE. When talking about making a wash of a color I use the Liquin in the proportion shown above. A Lot of Liquin and a tiny bit of paint. In this case I’m using MUD (Ultramarine Blue + Alizarin Crimson) mixed with the Liquin. This is the basic wash used for drawing my sketch on the canvas.
A wash can be made of any color. The transparent ones work best, MUD, Ultramarine Blue, Pthalo Blue and Alizarin Crimson. Just make sure to mix the paint into the Liquin very well. You want your wash to be smooth without any chunks of color.
In the image above the basic elements of the painting are drawn with a brush dipped in the MUD wash. The chili ristras are washed in with Alizarin Crimson + Liquin. Two washes are used for the window area in the door, Ultramarine Blue + Liquin and MUD + Liquin.
To speed up the drying time of my oil paint I use the proportion of Liquin to the paint shown above. You don’t need much Liquin. I dip the tip of my painting knife into the Liquin, then mix it into the glob of paint. My painting will be dry to touch in 2 to 3 days using this amount of Liquin. Be careful not to use too much Liquin, it will make your paint thin and you won’t get good coverage on the canvas. The paint will just slide around. Hope this helps. Hugs, Mikki Senkarik
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