Okay, so I did a small oil painting a long time ago, and I've recently started a much larger one. About two days in I realized I have no idea what I'm doing. There is a lot more to working with oils than I first thought, so I decided to ask some of you more experienced painters for help.
1. What is 'fat over lean'? Should I be using paint thinner or oil to dilute my paint?
The first painting I did I used my dad's shop paint thinner and it seemed to work well, but my art teacher (who admits he doesn't
like or know oils well) says I don't need it and only need oil for diluting and cleaning.
2. What type/quality of paint thinner and/or oils should I use? What are mineral spirits and turpentine?
Like I said before, I'm currently using commercial paint thinner and my teacher has me using vegetable oil.
Cleaning my brushes and myself has been a nightmare. First I used paint thinner on the brushes, but I'm not sure if that should be going down the drain. Most recently I've tried getting the pigment off with oil and then washing the brushes in soap and water. I want my brushes to last as long as possible, so I need to know how to keep them conditioned properly. Also, how do I get paint off my hands? Right now I just wipe the majority off with a rag and let the rest wash off gradually.
Can oil paints, solvents, and oils be washed down the drain? Or should I be disposing of them some other way?
Overall, I just need help putting together a proper oil kit, I guess. Any help you guys can offer me would be greatly appreciated