Wet into wet techniques with oil paints allows the artist to explore happy accidents. This can result in an effective oil painting of flowers, as this demonstration shows.
Using Wet into Wet with Oil Paints
The paint moves in a fluid fashion and colours flow into neighbouring colours in interesting ways. The organic shapes of natural subject matter such as the St John’s Wort featured in this oil painting demonstration can be suggested by applying wet paint onto a wet undercoat.
Wet into Wet Painting Tips
Art Materials Required
Still Life Painting of Flowers
Demonstration on Floral Artwork
The painting was begun by the application of a wet underglaze of burnt sienna and permanent rose to inject some warmth into the painting. Plenty of linseed oil was added to give the mixture a fluid consistency. The oil painting glaze was then daubed over the surface. The easel was angled so that the paint would not run off.
Working Wet into Wet
The petals of the St John’s Wort were applied via a thin sable loaded with cadmium yellow, lemon yellow and plenty of white. Viridian was added for the leaves. The colour was darkened with a little burnt sienna to suggest form.
Still Life Tutorial with Flowers
Permanent rose, burnt umber, ultramarine and varying amounts of white were blocked in for the background. Standing away from the painting will help the artist judge the tones more accurately.
Wet into Wet Technique
Using wet paint onto a wet surface is known as wet into wet and can be daunting at first. In the case of oil paints, a lot of linseed oil or artists’ white spirits is required with the mixture, to give the painting a fluid look. Bold colours and confidence in painting are required for a successful execution of a wet into wet oil painting, and to allow imperfections to remain.
My youtube clip showing the oil painting process of a daffodil speeded up.
© Rachel Shirley 2010