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Water-mixable oils

I have almost completed my first attempt at painting with water-mixable oil paints on a professionally prepared canvas. I did not stretch the canvas, using the supplied wedges, on the advice of a professional painter. Now another professional has advised that I should have stretched the canvas before starting the painting. Which is the correct advice, or does it not matter?

Ivor J Tucker

Tim Fisher ( replies:

Most canvases seem to have sufficient tension when purchased, that there appears to be no need to insert the wedges that are supplied with it. However, the action of working on the surface and temperature changes can cause the wooden stretcher to change shape slightly, resulting in too much give on the painting surface. So I would say it’s a wise precaution to knock the wedges in before starting to paint. Tap the wedges gently but firmly into position.

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Welcome to the May issue of Leisure Painter, packed with practical tutorials, step-by-step demonstrations and illustrated techniques - all designed to help the beginner and amateur to draw and paint successfully. There's something for everyone, from how to paint spring flowers, landscapes, boats and animals in watercolour to tutorials using coloured pencils, water-soluble pencils, oils, pastels, acrylics and tinted charcoal. Learn how to manipulate photographs on a computer to help you compose a better picture, take your first steps with scratchboard, and discover how to gather reference material from nature. There's a look at the joys of taking part in outdoor painting competitions, even if you are a beginner, and David Bellamy introduces part two of our sketchbook challenge. There is also a host of information about art events and exhibitions, art club activities and reviews of practical art books, as well as news, special offers, competitions, holidays and workshops to enjoy.