Janel Posted February 16, 2012 Report Share Posted February 16, 2012 Several years ago I enjoyed using artist's oil paints to color my pieces that were carved in boxwood. I will add a few thumbnails from my web site as examples: One piece that was borrowed for an exhibition in a museum/gallery exhibition (not a full scale, controlled lighting museum) sustained enough light exposure to fade the faint green oil color that was applied sparely to allow the wood to show through. The wood darkened enough that the difference between the green, and elsewhere some lighter and darker brown thinly applied as contrast to the lighter boxwood when new, changed to be of similar tones to the paint. The changes horrified me and the clients were very disappointed. The piece was a very expensive purchase for them. I used artist oil paint on boxwood. Later I will note the kinds of paint used, after I go to the studio. At some point in time more recently, another artist mentioned using something to seal the surface to prevent absorption of the oil. Another point mentioned was that there are differences in what the colors are made of, mineral vs something else that could change that is not a mineral (I think that is what I recall, it was long ago). Thank you Mark for offering to help me understand more about what I could/should know if I hope to return to using oils for color. Janel Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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