Tonking is an oil paint technique. Tonking
is a very useful oil paint technique especially when you are
starting to learn how to oil paint. When you learn to oil
paint, you may use too much paint on your oil painting and the
more oil paint colors you add, the messy and muddy your oil
painting looks. When your oil painting is too 'full', you can
remove excess oil paints by an oil paint technique called
What is tonking?
Tonking is one of the useful oil paint
techniques of removing excess oil paints from the oil paint
canvas or oil painting.
How to do Tonking on an oil paint
To Tonk, simply put a sheet of absorbent
paper over the areas of oil paint canvass that has too much oil
paint colors on. You can tonk the whole oil painting if
necessary. The sheet of paper can be newspaper or paper towel
or other absorbent paper. Once placed on the oil painting
canvas, gently rub the oil painting with your palm and
carefully peel off the paper. By doing this, you are tonking
the oil painting, thus removing excess oil paints from your oil
paint canvas. Tonking often removes the outermost layer of the
oil paint colors, leaving a thin layer or thin layers of oil
paints behind making the oil painting perfect for more addition
of oil paints.
Where does the word 'tonking' come
The word 'tonking' in oil painting comes
from Henry Tonks who was a professor of painting at the Slade
School of Art in London.
Why is Tonking useful?
Tonking is a useful oil paint technique
because tonking solves and corrects many mistakes new oil paint
artists often make which is over using oil paints in early
stages of oil painting. Tonking can be done to an oil painting
many times during the course of the oil painting. Tonking is
similar to erasing mistakes made with oil paints.