I'm writing this purely as an ode to this beautiful product.
The lead oil ground by Natural Pigments is a game changer for oil painting. I've written extensively about oil grounds and how they improve the surface quality of your painting, but this ground in particular is amazing. The great part of this product is two coats of it will give you an shiny/slightly oily surface which takes paint extremely well.
The ground comes as white but I tone my oil ground to a light gray with burnt sienna, burnt umber and ivory black. If you've never heard of oil ground, I highly recommend you investigate their application and advantages. You can find some articles on my site, but check out other sources also.
I'll also say that I apply my oil ground using a knife instead of a brush; this is mainly because I find that a little bit of variety in the ground can liven up the painting. And also you won't have to clean a big brush, just wipe off your palette knife when you're done!
Fun Fact: I'm applying this ground to linen panels that I made myself. I used to make them for a company that I had called EAS Custom Canvas. I shut down that business because I want to make the paintings, not the canvas.
"Tacks are always better than staples for canvases, but many modern tacks are dull and made overseas. One step better than modern tacks are blued steel tacks which I've recovered while working on some furniture refinishing. These tacks are around 100 years old and sharp as the day they were forged. The other advantage is that they're blued to protect against rust. I'm constantly looking to the past to learn about craftsmanship and I'll be re-using these beautiful tacks at EAS Custom Canvas."
I've been super busy lately with EAS Custom Canvas, but I wanted to write a post about the power of networking and how much I owe to the people who have helped me thus far.
I've been getting such great feedback from artists and I really owe it to everyone for helping me build this. It's not always easy to balance painting and a company, but I'm doing it with lots of support from really amazing artists.
If you're thinking about starting a business by selling a product or your own paintings, then reach out to your peers; it's the only way to build anything of value. I've been lucky to be able to meet artists from conferences and by happenstance, but it's not all about luck. Luck is a factor, but you can reach anyone today via email. I personally don't believe in social media, but you can send someone an email and make it personal, which adds more power to the connection.
Always be polite and never be afraid to ask for help