Bob Ross Oil Painting Tips & Technique
Frequently Asked Questions
Why the BOB ROSS OIL PAINTING TIPS are so popular
A set of videos designed for the purpose of teaching you how to paint using the Bob Ross wet-on-wet painting method. These are all video recordings made by Bob that will give you a lot of understanding as you watch a blank canvas gradually come to life. Watch and learn as he explains how and why to use the different brushes, paints, mediums and other tools. The BOB ROSS OIL PAINTING TIPS along with "The Joy of Painting", is still a joy to watch and a privilege to enjoy Bob as the instructor.
Below the following videos you will find a list of frequently asked questions about the Bob Ross oil painting tips & technique and some instructions about the use and care of the materials. Bob really taught us how to use our imagination as we painted. Even through all of our "mistakes", Bob would refer to them as "happy accidents". Bob Ross supplies instruction books and videos to teach his method of painting. What an excellent instructor to learn from.
Lots of people had never painted before until they were captured by Bob's soft and gentile voice as he painted a wonderful painting. He would always say "you can do it". Some people enjoyed watching "The Joy Of Painting" as a faithful viewer. Others truly did believe exactly what Bob was saying and for many it was true. "You can do it" he would say and I am one who truly watched and learned how to paint. I developed the Bob Ross oil painting tips & techniques to help answer the questions that may arise while watching the videos.
FAQ's about the BOB ROSS OIL PAINTING TIPS & TECHNIQUE
How to load and mix paints on the pallet
BLENDING & SOFTENING – Criss-Cross Strokes:
One of the most popular BOB ROSS oil painting tips is illustrated here. This technique refers to the blending & softening of hard edges or the most visible brush strokes by blending the wet oil paint on the canvas with a clean, dry brush. While blending, you take an already painted area and brush it very lightly with criss-cross strokes or by gently tapping it with the corner of the brush.
Colors will then have a softer and more natural appearance. Not all oil paints are suitable for this technique – most are too soft and tend to smear. Only a thick, firm paint is suitable for this technique.
To mix paints to a marbled effect, place the different colored paints on the mixing area of your palette and use your palette knife to pick up and fold the paints together, then pull flat. Streaks of each color should be visible in the mixture. Great way to add texture. Do not over mix.
THIN PAINT GOOD FOR ADDING HIGHLIGHTS:
A thin paint works especially good when adding highlight colors. When mixing paints for a highlight application the paints should be thinner than the paint already on the canvas. The rule of thumb is: a thin paint sticks to a thicker paint, especially when adding highlight colors.
Thin the paint with LIQUID WHITE, LIQUID CLEAR or ODORLESS THINNER. The rule to remember here is that a thin paint will stick to a thicker paint.
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How to load and mix paints on the pallet (continued)
CLEANING AND DRYING THE BRUSHES:
APPLYING LIQUID WHITE (or any other mediums):
PLACEMENT OF OIL COLORS ON THE PALETTE:
LOADING YOUR BRUSH:
MIXING FOR HIGHLIGHTS:
LOADING THE PALETTE KNIFE:
Popular questions that you might have asked
WHAT IF I HAVE NEVER PAINTED BEFORE?
WHAT PAINT SHOULD I USE?
HOW DO I MIX COLORS?
WILL JUST ANY ART PRODUCT WORK FOR THIS METHOD OF PAINTING?
HOW LONG WILL IT TAKE MY PAINTING TO DRY?
SHOULD I VARNISH MY PAINTINGS?