Memory Drift by
RICHARD BAXTER

Mixing the paints
Now the drawing has been done, it's time to mix the paints. I paint in many layers, and the first layer is usually the thinnest, done in washes of transparent colour. The next layer is a little thicker, and so on. The last layers are often thin washes again called glazes, and act like the glass in stained glass windows, allowing the lighter colours underneath to shine through the glazes, producing deep rich colours. Each layers requires a different mix of oils, thinners and dryers (which speed up the drying process) and each mix depends on the nature of the thing being painted, the detail and style etc. It's an extremely varied process with no hard rules each time. Each layer must be dry before the next to minimize cracking over time as all the layers dry.

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