Magic White – make your own
Thin oil paint is often called Magic White or Liquid White. Here is a simple method to make your own ‘Magic White’ oil paint.
When painting wet-on-wet it is best to have plenty of paint of different colors ready to pick up with the brush or knife.
For more than 40 years I have made my own mixture and kept my oil paint in plastic bags sealed in an airtight, light proof tin (light will make your paint go hard!).
I now days find some of my students struggling with thick oil paint.
If your oil paint is too thick and will not flow off the brush than you should take a little time to prepare your common colors (About 5 of them) by putting them into little plastic bags (About 150×150 mm or 6″ square), adding a thinning medium and keeping them in a sealed container ready for when you need them. (All colors can go together in the one sealed container)
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…. NOTE :- With wet-on-wet you do need to have all your paints at the same viscosity (Runny- ness) for if you try to paint a thick color over a thin color the brush will pick up paint rather than put paint down.
I do like my oil and acrylic paints to be like a thick cream or you might say like toothpaste in consistency.
Acrylic paint is most often ready to use without thinning, except you might need to add a drop of water to paint fine lines.
Oil paint often needs thinning, possibly 90% of the time for it to flow like a liquid.
This short video will show you how to make Magic White or Liquid White – whatever you want to call it. Len’s White? or Blue? or Purple?