As woodworkers you probably know a lot about applying stains to wood. You know that different woods react differently and will absorb varied amounts of color. This is all part of the ORIGINAL WORK OF ART you are making here.
Here are a few good ideas for painting your lathart.
1. You can use deck stains. The colors are all nice and muted, and the transparency is close to perfect. If you are planning to make a lot of lathart, and want to maintain a consistant look across your work that becomes your style, then this is a good idea. This is an expensive way to make one painting.
2. Use student quality oil paints and mix your own colors. Beautiful stains can be gotten with oil paints that have been very diluted with Odorless Mineral Spirits. Create a neutralizer out of different amounts of ultramarine blue, raw umber and white and mix that with most of your colors to keep them from getting too bright. Apply the thin paint and then after about a minute or two, wipe off. Some wood types need to be preconditioned to accept the paint evenly, and you can do this by rubbing Odorless Mineral Spirits on the wood just before painting.
3. You can use acrylic craft or artist paint. This is the most difficult, but you can get good results on some wood and on others you will need to precondition by wiping with water, letting dry and then sanding. You should thin this with paint with water and some of the slow dry extenders available today.
(The method I use mostly is to mix my own oil paints. You get good at getting the right color quickly. I buy unltramarine blue, raw umber, red oxide, yellow ochre, and titanium white. This limited color gives my paintings unity. I get the colors for about $3.00 a tube each and $6.00 for the white for a total of $18.00. I buy my mineral spirits at the hardware for a few dollars. It takes forever to run out of paint)
NOTE: If you don't already know about this book, it is an invaluable reference for anyone mixing paint colors or wanting to match tole paint colors. Please note that the picture is not active for LOOK INSIDE. Those words came with the only graphic I could find..
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No matter which brand of paints a decorative painter uses, projects detailed in pattern books will frequently list colors not readily available-colors which often must be matched for the project to turn out just right.
Back and better than ever, this indispensable, best-selling guide offers a simple solution to these color matching dilemmas, eliminating the need to buy a lot of new paint. Using the patented Tru-Color System, it allows painters to create any project using paints they already have-regardless of the brand used by the original artist.
Following an easy-to-reference alphabetical format, decorative painters can quickly match all the colors of the most popular acrylic brands, including Americana, Ceramcoat, Folk Art, Jo Sonja and 1837 Legacy (plus four oil brands, including Archival, Prima, Rembrandt and Winsor Newton). Where a perfect match is not available, a specific mix is provided. It's a truly revolutionary guide.
• Now includes 20% more oil and acrylic conversions • Saves decorative painters valuable time and money • Enables users to cross match colors among all major brands • Features more than 350 exact color swatches
About the Author
Bobbie Pearcy and her husband Neal own Tru-Color Systems, a company specializing in color matching for the decorative arts. They live in Danville, Indiana.
Paperback: 97 pages
Publisher: North Light Books; 3rd edition (May 2002)
Product Dimensions: 11 x 8.5 x 0.3 inches
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