With the consideration of the 3C's*1 and the Stay Home movement, many of you may have spent more time at home since last year.
*1（Three Cs: closed spaces, crowded places, and close-contact settings）
PIGMENT TOKYO has been offering new ways to experience art, such as online features, video content, etc., that can be enjoyed anywhere at any time, but there is one art material that is somewhat challenging to work on at home, which is “oil painting”.
This is not only because oil paintings take a long time to dry to touch, but also because the diluted volatile oils, such as turpentine and petroleum, need to be handled with care.
The "Zokei File"*2 provided by Musashino Art University states that when using volatile oils, "Due to their high flammability and toxicity, care must be taken to ensure good indoor ventilation and to avoid using them in areas with fire.
Oil paints are a medium with excellent gloss and solidity but require solvents like volatile oils. Here we’re introducing Holbein's DUO Water-soluble Oil Paints!
These paints are specially designed for those who want to overcome the problems of using volatile oils and enjoy oil painting with peace of mind even in confined places like your home.
As the name implies, oil paints are made of oil and are not soluble in water. However, Holbien’s DUO Water-soluble Oil Paints contain a few percent of "surfactant", which helps create a connection between water and oil so that instead of using volatile solvents such as mineral spirits, the paint can be diluted and the brush can be washed with water!
In this article, I tried to create an oil painting with Holbien’s DUO Water-soluble Oil Paints using PIGMENT TOKYO products as the main motif, referring to the works of Giorgio Morandi*3, an Italian painter active in the 20th century.
You might be wondering what kind of expression I could create by using these water-soluble oil paints.
Let's take a look at the pictures of the production process below.
①Applying the Foundation Layer
First, paint the canvas with a ground.
Since oil paints are more viscous than other paints, they can be painted by spreading them thinly with a firm brush such as pig bristles.
However, as mentioned earlier, it is not easy to finish the work in a short time using only oil paints because they usually require a long time to wait till the paint dries. So instead, we will use the unique characteristics of Holbien’s DUO Water-soluble Oil Paint, which could dry as soon as possible.
Moreover, these DUO oil paints can be mixed with acrylic paints. This makes them possible to create an undercoat while maintaining the viscosity of oil paints.
I mixed MATSUDA's Titanium White and DUO's Burnt Umber to create the color scheme.
Make a rough sketch to decide the general composition.
It would be better to get an idea of the overall contrast as well as the outline of the shape. With regular oil paints, this process is mainly done with mineral pirits, but this time since I’m using DUO oil paint, I dilute them with water.
This is the first time I tried to paint a still life with these paints, and I do not feel any different than the essential oils.
I also used water to create a blurring effect until I finished the drawing.
③Final Drawing I
Then, the next step is to apply the color.
Here I use DUO Quick Drying Medium Gloss to accelerate the drying speed of DUO oil paints.
Mixing about the same amount of this medium gloss with the paint will allow the DUO oil paints to dry in about a day, but it is best to minimize its use, as the medium gloss may increase the transparency and reduce the color saturation.
In case the brush is too sticky to paint, add some painting oil to adjust the viscosity.
Slightly increase the amount of oil solvent used, to add highlights and details of the drawing.
Oil paints have a kind of rule for a painting called "fat-over-lean "*4.
The “fat-over-lean” rule allows you to build a painting that is flexible so over time there will be less cracking to your painting.
The under layers of a painting should be leaner than the upper layers.
What I’m adding here is Linseed Oil exclusively for DUO oil paints.
In addition to this, there is a lineup of water-soluble stand oils are also available in the market, allowing artists to create all kinds of painting expressions according to their preferences.
The final step is to draw the details.
It took me less than six hours to complete, including the preparation of the art materials.
Needless to say, cleaning up is quick and easy as well, because the brushes can be washed clean with water and soap, just like after using acrylic paints.
All you have to do is to set up your still life with a combination of plates, fruits, glass jars, and a piece of fabric, all these objects can be easily found in your home. Then prepare a canvas and DUO oil paints, and you can turn your living room or kitchen into a drawing studio!
Come and start your new art life with Holbien’s DUO Water-soluble Oil Paints!