How to Draw Stiff Lines in Oil Paintings

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Drawing stiff lines in oil paintings is something you can do in a very particular way. Learn how to draw stiff lines in oil paintings with help from a graduate of the Maine College of Art in this free video clip.

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Hi, my name is Abbeth. I'm an artist in Portland, Maine, and I'm going to show you how to draw stiff lines using oil paint. In order to do this you will need some stiff brushes and you can tell if a brush has stiff bristles by if they kind of spring back, if you push your fingers across the bristles. Like this one or this one, and you can just really feel that the brushes are made out of coarse hairs as opposed to a brush like this where the bristles are soft and fine. So when you're making stiff lines you really want to have the brush strokes be visible and therefore I'm not going to have you water down the paint with turpentine at all. You're just going to take the paint straight out of the tube, load up your brush and push down on the paper and make a quick straight line with your brush and see how you can really see the texture of the paper and the paint and the bristles of the brush. And the same can be done with a larger brush like this one. My name is Abbeth, and I just showed you how to make stiff lines with oil paint.


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