If you ever hear the term, “painting fat over lean” referring to oil painting you should know that it is an actual technique and concept in the world of oil paints. When an oil paint is “fat” it is an oil paint straight from the tube, or very thick. You can even mix it with an oil to make it fatter or thicker. The “fatter” the oil paints the longer it takes to dry. When an oil paint is “lean” it means it has been thinned out with something like turpentine to thin it out. A leaner oil paint means it will dry faster than an oil paint that is thick or fat. If an artist paints lean over fat on his painting the “lean” part will dry first which could cause it to crack when the “fat” part finally dries underneath it. To paint “fat over lean” means that each layer of an oil painting should be a bit “fatter” than the next.
I am a begining oil painter. I was wondering what colors you suggest a beginer buy. I`ve heard students in my classes talking about how they use only a few "basic" colors, in which they can mix a large range of colors from. Do you have any tips?
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