It is the technique used by beginners to cover up mistakes done while oil painting. It helps to start afresh by erasing a mistake. As said it is used by beginners, but professionals do also make mistakes and may not feel satisfied with their oil painting. Nobody wishes to through away the painting for which they have invested plenty of time and start with a new one after knowing the work is not up to your expectations. Of course, beginning with a new is the best option, but can be avoided if possible.
Why is Tonking only for Oil Painting?
It is more useful for oil painting as acrylic paints dry quickly as compared to oil paints. Oil paints take sufficient time to dry. This technique helps where you want to redo a committed mistake or want to add some texture to certain areas. You can also get some paintings from instapainting.com
Where to apply tonking technique?
This is a technique where you can erase a mistake and start with a fresh one without creating a mess around the area. Following are some situations where tonking can be applied;
- If there is thickened oil paint exists in some area.
- If a painting contains more layers than required.
- If a certain area is darker or lighter as compared to other parts of a painting.
- If you have used large amount if fixative or solvent causing a painting to lose his life.
- If some area of painting is looking shallow or dull compared to the remaining area. Like a tree or a house in the background. Focal elements in a painting are not required.
Applying Tonking Technique
Tonking technique is not hard, but it required having precision and effectiveness. Below shows steps to apply it in oil painting;
- Spot the accurate area which you wish to change and be sure
- With a piece of paper try to remove the pint after covering it
- By gently putting onto a painted are try giving some pressure on it without damaging a canvas.
- Take out the paper carefully.
- Keep repeating until the total area is out of stains.
- If you can see some more stains, then use a cloth with oil solvent and wipe away the area, without damaging other parts of the painting.
- Once you are done with the tonking process redo the area again and try some new methods to make it again, in case of blending with other painting.
- In case if you find no satisfactory result from the current painting, tonking will help you to avoid making a new one with those many efforts again. You will require sheets of papers, newspapers to apply without hurting remaining areas. You can share your thoughts on this technique if any. Have a Happy Painting!