Making a printed picture look like an oil painting

Discussion in 'Replica Props' started by kalkamel, Mar 30, 2006.

  1. kalkamel

    kalkamel Sr Member

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    I was just wondering if anyone here knows how to make a printed picture look like an oil painting. I remember reading somewhere that one method is to coat it with egg white and let it dry... not sure I wanna try that. Anyone got a better idea?
  2. wuher da brewer

    wuher da brewer Sr Member RPF PREMIUM MEMBER

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    There is a way to glue a print to a canvas so that all the detail from the canvas comes through on the print. If you could some how add brush detail to the canvas beforehand, then it would really look like an oil painting. I think the technique requires the use of a heat source. Perhaps a heat gun would work. You definitely wouldn't want to leave it in one place long.

    A giclee printer is an inkjet printer with 6-12 pigment based inks. They can be printed onto special canvas material. Special considerations need to be made such as "tooth" size of the canvas, finish type, and whether the canvas needs to be treated for the pigments to adhere. All the major inkjet manufacturers make them.
  3. Great_Bizarro

    Great_Bizarro Sr Member

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    Scan it, run it through Photo Shop filters and print it out.
  4. houdiniguy

    houdiniguy Sr Member

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    There are also PRINTERS that print in oil.
    expensive but amazing.

    You can control depth of paint etc.

    8 x 10's are usually around $100

  5. kalkamel

    kalkamel Sr Member

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    No... what I meant was make it look and feel like an oil painting... i.e. when you touch it the surface is uneven.
  6. Matsuo

    Matsuo Sr Member RPF PREMIUM MEMBER

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    look up "acrylic gel medum"

    I used to use it all the time, it's a clear gel that you brush on, when you do so you just follow the lines of the image as if you actually painted them on. This adds depth to the picture but is still clear so that the image beneath is visable.

    Other than that you can use use clear varnish in the same way for a ligher texture effect.

    I advise doing a lot of testing before commiting to the final piece you intend to modify.

  7. juno

    juno Sr Member RPF PREMIUM MEMBER

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    Egg white works really well to make something look shiny -- but I don't know if you would use it to make something look like a painting.

    Mod podge looks good -- you can slightly texturize it with a stiffer brush once it starts to set, and it dries clear.
  8. obee1

    obee1 New Member

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    go to an arts and crafts Michaels or Garden Ridge. Pick up something called Modge Podge. It comes in several different finishes depending on what you want your finished piece to look like.

    It goes on sort of a semi-translucent white and dries perfectly clear. It is viscous enought to allow you to create brush strokes and texture on the surface of the print. i have used in on many full poster sized prints and it looks amazing...

    a bit of advice......get something small to practice your strokes and technique on first. your first efforst will likely be trash. do not touch your indended target with this stuff until you can perfect it on something useless first.

    good luck..
  9. penwiper

    penwiper Well-Known Member

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    I haven't tried this before - but since ModPodge is pretty similar to watered-down glue, would white school glue work?
  10. Lord_Gita

    Lord_Gita Sr Member

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    White school glue tends to yellow with time.
  11. kalkamel

    kalkamel Sr Member

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    Thanks for all the advice, guys.

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