Oil painting, wet-in-wet, with homemade liquid white
Posted on December 24, 2009
Wet-in-wet is where you cover the canvas with a thin spread of ‘liquid white‘ making the canvas slippery and allowing the oil paint to easily slide across the canvas, mix with the liquid white, and be much easier to blend.
Unfortunately, liquid white is a secret recipe and quite expensive to buy, since it’s Bob Ross branded, but… you can make your own liquid white substitute. Here’s how I do it:
Basically, liquid white is, as it sounds, white paint that is of a more liquid consistency than normal oil paint. I make my liquid white using a pea-sized amount of white oil paint then add the same amount but in oil, linseed oil in my case. Once it’s mixed, that’s enough to cover an area of about A4 in size.
If you find that it’s not covering the A4 size, put a tiny bit of oil on your brush and spread what you have around the canvas until it’s completely covered.
And remember, as Bob always said: a thin, and I mean THIN, coat of liquid white…
To see me painting wet-on-wet, you can watch the videos below: