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Wednesday, October 14, 2015

A Quick Question and Answer, and On To Oil/CW Part III

Student Work on Arches Oil Paper

The last installment of pieces created by my oil and cold wax class at the recent Art and Soul Retreat at Virginia Beach. First, a quick question I received today from one of my students there, and my answer.

Q. My pieces are pretty dry now. What is the final coat of clear cold wax for? Do I frame with glass?

A. The final clear coat is optional but I do it and so do most cold wax artists because:

1. It seals the surface, protecting the piece from dust and dirt
2. It gives the piece an even sheen all over
3. It looks extra pretty:) 

If you do put on the final layer of clear wax, wait a little longer. I know you've already waited a long time! But wait another couple of weeks or so. Then brush or rub a thin layer of the wax on the piece. Then wait some more while the wax throughly dries. Then buff. This makes a slight sheen, especially on the paper paintings.

If you have a piece on paper and you want the formerly taped white edge to show, just frame without glass. If you want to use glass, put a mat around the border to keep the painting from touching the glass, as oil paint doesn't like glass. If the piece is on board, don't use glass.

And now, the paintings! A long post, but if you are interested in oil/cold wax, you'll be inspired. I know I am!

1 comment:

  1. First of all thank you SO much for the info on sealing-and drying time! I was beginning to think I did something wrong it's taking so long for my few pieces to dry. I imagine though that if a piece is deeply textured it isn't possible to seal and buff without taking from that texture. Thanks for sharing these spectacular projects Serena. I must say I think my jaw dropped a bit when I came upon the 8th one from the bottom (with the sky, purple at the bottom and the bright red/orange script in the center)! You'll understand when I share mine later this week on my blog:):)