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  1. Do try oils. They do not shift much when they dry, if at all, unlike like acrylics. Plus, more enjoyable. They do change ever so slightly in drying, but can be brought back with varnish or oiling if still working on it.

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    1. Thanks, Sharon. I started with acrylics mainly because they dry fast and are easy to clean up. But I’ve had quite a few frustrations with them, including them drying fast (😆), drying darker, and being difficult to blend. I have a feeling I’m going to wonder why I didn’t move to oils sooner—once I get over the different handling properties, the drying time, and making mud because the paint is still wet. 😆

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      1. I have tried acrylics a few times, but like you, did not like the darkening on drying, plus difficulty of mixing, and also were not as enjoyable to work with for me, felt like painting with liquid soap. So, you will really like oils I think! 🙂

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        1. Yeah, the Golden ones are not too bad (pretty buttery), but I know what you mean. I’ll definitely give them a go.

          Out of interest, have you tried water-soluble oils (e.g. Royal Talens Cobra)? If so, what did you think?

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          1. No, so far not. I use brands like Sennelier, Old Holland, Windsor Newton and a few others. I have been curious to try water soluble, but my guess is there is something in them that will be totally different than linseed based oils. I only paint with linseed oil as a medium. Clean brushes up with rag, can of mineral spirits, then soap and water. Care is taken with rags so they do not combust.

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          2. Excellent. Thanks. I wondered the same. Which mineral spirits do you use? I’ve heard Gamsol’s good. And you keep your rags in a metal rubbish tin or something like that?

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  2. Chris, I use Gamsol but any mineral spirit would probably be fine for brush cleaning since I do not use it as a medium. Many, most, do. So Gamsol would be choice in those cases. I usually take rags outside where they dry, I anchor down so do not blow away. You do not want to wad them up. Another way is to immerse in water. I suppose an air tight container might be safe? Just something to be careful with.

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