Painting is a method of putting pictures on a canvas; most people get excited about this even if someone is only drawing on a sidewalk. There are many other things that are needed to complete a project; for example, canvas, charcoals and brushes. However, by combining all of these things with the flexibility of oil paints you will find an interesting way to begin an your painting.
The preliminary sketch that has to be drawn under any oil painting can also be obtained by using water soluble pencils. They are excellent tools because of their flexibility. The attractive feature of these pencils is that once the painting is dried, it works like a normal colored pencil. The use of a charcoal drawing is also effective as a preliminary step. The artists often used three major types of charcoal; for example, willow, vine, or compressed charcoal. Since willow and vine charcoal leaves a lighter mark; it is easier to erase. This makes them the popular choice for preliminary oil painting. On the other hand, compressed charcoal leaves a dark mark; this is difficult to erase. Thus it is very impractical to use when placing a sketch under an oil painting; the marks will be difficult to cover up.
Many times a white canvas has too much contrast or too many bright surfaces on which it may be difficult to start your painting project. Thus you may have to "tone" your canvas down; this simply means covering the whole canvas with a softer, muted color. This critical step will make judging the painting tones on your canvas much easier. Toning you canvas is an easy task, however, it does not take a lot of time. As always, it all comes down to a personal preference. The most important factors are commitment, perseverance and a lot of patience.
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