Introduction To Oil Painting Mediums

Posted on July 17, 2016 By


Oil painting is a wonderful medium all on its own, but there are modifiers that you can add to the oil paint that can change its behavior. This article will give you an overview of some of the more popular oil painting mediums available to today’s oil painters. The use of oil painting mediums is really a matter of taste and not a requirement. Many artists do not use any mediums at all other then a bit of oil to make the paint more workable, as some paints are quite thick straight from the tube. Other artists swear by certain mediums. It should also be noted that artists differ on opinion when it comes to the effectiveness and quality of oil painting mediums, so you should experiment on your own and form your own opinion. Make sure before using any oil painting medium that you read all warning labels and always work in a well ventilated area. It is also recommended that you work with gloves to protect your skin.


Linseed oil is made from the seed of the flax plant. During its early history, linseed oil


Learn Oil Painting Basic

Posted on April 8, 2016 By


Oil paint dries very slowly, Unlike acrylic paints which dry very quickly. Acrylic paint was initially created as an underpainting medium for oil painting.

It is perfectly stable to put a base of acrylic and then place oil paint over it. Linseed oil added to oil paint will extend color, increase flow and increase workability. Oil paint with added medium is called long, oil paint used directly from the tube is called short or stiff.

You place you oil paints on a wooden board called a palette the very best palettes are made of pear wood.

It is very important to understand your paints and know which colors are:

Transparent (see through) Semi Opaque (slightly see through) and opaque (not see through) getting started put as much oil paint on your brush for two strokes three maximum always end your brush stroke on the canvas.

Make sure that you use linseed oil only when you are painting with the wet on wet method or process.

Do not confuse yourself with all of the many other mediums. Wait to discover those when


Water Soluble Oil Paints Facts Tips

Posted on March 1, 2016 By


We have all been taught that ‘oil and water do not mix’. However, rules are made to be broken in art and water soluble paints are rebels on the scene. But, your intelligent mind is probably still pondering, “How can oil pigments possibly be water soluble?”

The answer is this: The oil vehicle has been modified to make it soluble in water, eliminating the necessity for turpentine or other dangerous solvents to thin paint and clean brushes and other supplies.

There are still some painting purists who question whether or not these pigments are true oils, but I assure you they are. In fact, I have been successfully executing my paintings using water soluble oils with professional results for over 10 years. I made the smooth transition from acrylics to the new oils in my home studio so my family and pets were not exposed to toxic fumes. With an open mind and a little time experimenting, you might also enjoy the benefits of water soluble oils. Below, I will do my best to inform you of this remarkable paint from my own personal experience and with a little help

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Using Oil Paint and Painting Mediums for Beginners

Posted on July 20, 2016 By

Given that oil paints come with a certain amount of inconvenience (waiting for the paint layers to dry, not being able to clean up using water), why are they still so popular with artists when other paints like water-soluble acrylics are available? Oil paint is fundamentally different to acrylics, gouache or watercolour because it is not water-soluble but requires a solvent (oil, turpentine, paint thinner) to dilute or clean it. Because it dries by a process of oxidization instead of water evaporation it takes considerably longer than other types of paints to dry.

Well firstly, oil colours retain their colour as they dry without lightening like acrylic or gouache paints. And although there’s a little bit of waiting for the layers to dry, I love the way they remain manipulable for a while so that you can work into them and make changes. For instance, you can apply a layer and let it begin to partially dry before smoothing and amending it. In other words, it allows for a lot of control. Oil paint has a lovely, buttery consistency that you won’t get with any other kind of paint. And in fact it really doesn’t need

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Oil Painting How to Get Started

Posted on July 19, 2016 By

So are you a total beginner to painting or do you have some experience in painting with other mediums? Well either way there are some key facts that you will need to start you off on the right track. To a certain extent you can do whatever you like with acrylics, just keep piling the paint on until you get what you are looking for but with oils it is slightly different.

So, to start with you will need some materials. The art shops have a huge selection of materials to choose from and this can be quite daunting if you don’t really know what you are looking for. In addition to all the numerous paint colours you can chose from there are a wide variety of mediums, brushes, painting surfaces etc.


Let’s look at paint to start with. There are 2 main types of oil paint in terms of quality – student colours and artist’s colours. Student oils paints are often cheaper than artists as they don’t use the expensive pigments and are produced in larger quantities. The colour strength might be slightly lower than artists’ quality oils but really these are

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Oil Painting For Beginners

Posted on July 18, 2016 By

One of the more frequently asked questions from beginners in oil painting is: How do I get Started? To get started in oil painting is relatively easy. There are some basic supplies that you will need and some basic guidelines to follow. This article will discuss how beginners can get started with oil painting. This article will not teach you how to become a good painter however. In fact, no one can make you a good painter. You can only be taught certain things and it is up to you to take what you have learned and apply it.

Many beginners who are new to the oil painting medium, generally have the same questions. So let’s cover those questions now so that you can begin your painting journey right away.

Oil Painting Supplies

The first thing you will need to do is purchase a few supplies. You need not spend a ton of money on expensive oil painting supplies. Start with the basics as you are only a beginner right now. The goal at this point is to get used to working with your support, brushes, paints and other materials. So expensive supplies

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Simple Tips to Paint Better With Oil Paints

Posted on June 16, 2016 By

Oil paints when used for painting on canvas or any other surfaces have a glossy and shiny finish; and as we all love the durability and strength of oils, we also know how oil paints are difficult to handle and especially while using in painting. Artists, when using this medium, sometimes find it difficult to handle the medium and resort to quick drying acrylics or water colors. In this article I would like to share five simple tips to paint better with oil paints.

The first tip for using oil paints in a painting is you have to be prepared for the mess it creates while painting and the time this medium takes for drying. Oils are messy, and while painting, be careful of your hands, your clothes and your studio. You have to be prepared for oil paints– with rags, extra rough tissue papers and extra space in your working studio. This is very handy when you accidentally drop some or drip some paint on the floor, or accidentally on the artwork itself where you do not wish to have it. You have to be prepared for the time it takes for drying. Oil paints


Introduction to the World of Oil Paintings

Posted on June 15, 2016 By

The journey of the art of oil painting is an intriguing one. Certain periods have proved to be more receptive of the art form than others. This form of painting is believed to have originated in Afghanistan. When the process was first invented, it was not used for art purposes; however, artisans quickly realized the potential that oil painting possessed. From Afghanistan, the form traveled through Europe to finally arrive in central Europe, the art capital of the world, sometime in the 15th century. There are records of European artisans using this from of painting in the 15th century. The form really came into its own during the renaissance and post renaissance periods in Europe and the English Mainland.

The term oil painting denotes the use of oil in the paintings. For one, the pigments used to paint are mixed with oil or rather the base medium is oil. The oil that is usually used is Linseed Oil. Linseed Oil is harvested from Flax seeds that are easily available. A few other oils are used in the place of Linseed Oil. These include Walnut Oil and poppy seed oil. Mixing the dry pigments in oil helps

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Oil Paintings on Canvas

Posted on June 14, 2016 By

Oil paintings on canvas are created by adding pigment to oil and then applying it to a canvas sheet that has been stretched taut. Linseed oil was commonly used in early modern Europe, but safflower, walnut, and poppy seed oil has also been used. Each type of oil allots a different length of drying time, as well as the varying amount of yellowing that occurs as the painting dries.

The benefits of oil-based paints include the ability to apply paint to a canvas and not have the paints quickly run into one another. When paints run into one another, they tend to alter the desired color and can cause a painting to turn out far different than the original idea planned for it. The drying time is longer than with water-based paints, so mixing colors directly on a canvas is possible.

The oil allows for the mixing to be possible for a longer period of time, since most water-based paints dry almost instantly. For example, if more white needs to be added to lighten a color that has already been applied, it will mix better with the paint. On the other hand, water-based paints will


Aspects of Oil Painting

Posted on June 13, 2016 By

Oil painting on canvas has been around for centuries. It is a style where images are sketched directly onto the canvas and then painted over with oil-based paints. These are usually paints with linseed oil as their base, but safflower oil is another common type of oil included instead. The following aspects focus on painting with oil-based paints.

Priming the Canvas:

Once the canvas has been stretched, it needs to be primed before paint oil paints can be applied to it. This is relatively easy process and requires the purchase of acrylic gesso. If a pre-stretched canvas was purchased, then it may already be treated. It’s a good idea to check when buying the canvas. There’s no since spending time on this step if it isn’t necessary. Be sure to shake the container well before applying it to the canvas. One coat will leave a much rougher appearance than multiple coats. Gesso will dry quickly. Make sure the first coat is dry before adding another.

Fat Over Lean:

This term refers to the amount of oil present in each layer of paint. It is important to keep track of this concept, in order


Information Related to Oil Painting Videos

Posted on May 12, 2016 By

Do you have a hobby? What about choosing oil painting as a hobby? If your knowledge about oil painting is very much limited, simply check out the online oil painting videos, which provide good instructional materials.

The worldwide web has opened up a new world for learning, shopping and many other activities. If you spend some time to surf the internet, you would most probably come across many sites offering free online oil painting videos. Some of the posters are experts in oil painting. You can learn much from the informational and instructional online videos for beginners.

In simple terms, paintings of oil refers to the form of painting that uses drying oils like poppy oil and pigments like sulphur. This form of painting is versatile. You can create two-dimensional or three-dimensional paintings of landscapes, fruits, birds, portraits or whatever. Contrary to what some people may think, it is indeed possible to learn and master the art of oil painting.

As the English saying goes, practice makes perfect. Likewise, it is important to play with colors and forms until you gain confidence in painting. Once you learn the art of painting and gain confidence,


Oil Paint Sets Creativity in a Box

Posted on May 11, 2016 By

Getting into oil painting is a fun and rewarding endeavor, but you need to make sure that you are getting the right tools to start with. An oil paint set is a great way to make sure you have what you need. They vary in content and price range, so it is easy for you to find one that will give you what you want while staying within your budget.
Obviously, oil paint sets will have at least a small selection of paint in them. At minimum, they will have the basic colors that you can use to mix into just about any color you want. They will also have a few brushes that are specifically made for oil paint, and potentially some of the other tools that are often used with an artist’s oil paint. An oil paint set for beginners should also come with a book on basic techniques for using the paints and oil painting mediums.

Of course, you can also get oil paint sets that are for more advanced artists. This is a great way to provide yourself with the supplies that are varied and crafted for experienced hands to use. If


Oil Painting Basics of Paint Selection

Posted on May 10, 2016 By

When painting with oil paints, it is wise to learn the different aspects of oil based paints. Oil paints dry quite slowly and therefore it is very easy to correct errors, or change the direction of your painting.

The three types of oil paint finishes are Transparent, Semi-Opaque and Opaque.

Transparent paints are see through paints and are often used for rain, bursts of sunlight, mist, or anything else that requires a light, transparent appearance.

Opaque paints are not see through at all and are used when a more vibrant color and finish are desired. Most of the base elements of the painting will be painted with opaque paints.

Semi-Transparent paints are a cross between Transparent and Opaque Paints. Semi Transparent paint is normally used to tone down a color or for subtle highlights. The way in which you use these different paint finishes will change as your skill and experience improves.

It is very common to mix Linseed oil with your oil paints. Doing so makes the paint more manageable and helps to extend the color. When you mix the Linseed oil to your paint, your paint is then referred to

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Different Methods For Starting an Oil Painting

Posted on May 10, 2016 By

Oil paint is an exciting medium to work with. One will never become bored while painting with oil paints. There are a variety of materials and other mediums at your fingertips and when you combine these materials and mediums with the versatility of oil paints, you have a variety of interesting ways to begin an oil painting. There are certain drawing and painting mediums that are compatible with oil paints and when utilized, will make your painting experience more interesting and enjoyable.


Charcoal works beautifully as a preliminary step to oil painting. There are three main forms of charcoal used most often by artist’s and they are compressed, willow and vine charcoal. Willow and Vine charcoal tend to be more highly favored for preliminary drawings as they leave a lighter mark and are easier to erase. Compressed charcoal, because it leaves a much darker line, is more difficult to remove and not as widely used to start an oil painting. Some helpful tools to use for working with charcoal are kneaded erasers, stiff bristle brushes, blenders and tortillions. Whatever type of charcoal drawing you create, make certain not to go overboard with your application.

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Anything Else is Just a Crude Alternative Oil Paints

Posted on May 9, 2016 By

With the advent of cheap, modern, chemical paints, the humble and reliable oil paint has been forgotten as anything more than an artists medium used on canvas. What most people don’t realize is that when these advances in chemical paint came about they weren’t necessarily better products. Although quick drying and easy to apply, most chemical paints don’t have anywhere near the longevity, flexibility or come close to the environmental friendliness of oil paints.

A type of slow-drying paint consisting of small pigment particles suspended in a drying oil, oil paint is best known for its use on canvas, creating classics like the Mona Lisa. Oil Painting allows the artist to use layers to create a depth within the painting whilst its slow dry time allows the artists to mix on an easel and gave birth to impressionist work, enabling the artist to leave to studio and run out into the wilderness.

Oil paints can and are also used as surface protection on interior and exterior surfaces, most notably and effectively wood. Usually made from linseed oil, modern oil paints used on surfaces are long lasting, waterproof, durable, increase the longevity of wood (as opposed

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Pros and Cons of Ready Oil Paints

Posted on April 7, 2016 By

Oil paintings are one of the most popular modes of paintings used by most of the artists as well the viewers. They are one of the paintings that widely serve the purpose of painters. They are used by almost all levels of painters or the artists. They are most admired paintings. There is no limit to the extent to which the ready made oil paintings are made. There is no restriction to the extent to the usage whether they are used by the professional artist so that they can earn crust or even a form of a wonderful therapeutic hobby by the enthusiastic and the amateur painters. As far as the readymade oil paintings are considered they are one of the painting mode that have a registered the pros and the cons. The pros and the cons have been listed below; this will help you to provide an overview of the ready made oil paintings.

– As far as the ready made oil paintings are concerned they have a scope of a wide variety of selections they can be selected just on the basis of the paints in the card display box.
– This saying assumes


How to Use and Buy Oil Paints

Posted on April 6, 2016 By

In the contemporary world, oil painting has carved out for itself a special niche. It is used extensively by the artists, nowadays, to give shape to their imagination. If you also want to do the same through oil paints, you must first learn how to use it. There are different specific techniques for making and mixing of oil paints. So, before you start with your painting, you need to know how to use them.

How to use Oil Paints

It is the characteristics of oil paints that it would take a long time to dry in comparison to other types of paints. It can take one week or even more than that to dry. This provides you with an option to work on your paintings for a number of times, which lets you, correct the mistakes and flaws, if any.

More so, it has also been seen that oil paints mix pretty well with other colors. This particular feature helps you outline the shades perfectly on your oil painting. Other than this, a natural shine would be added to your painting which definitely is going to look better than the rest of the colors.


Tips on Oil Painting

Posted on April 5, 2016 By

If you paint with oils you will need a solvent to clean your brushes and thin your paints. Of course, if you paint with water soluble oils then your solvent will be water.

Turpentine is a standard solvent used to thin ordinary oil paints. You can purchase turpentine in any art supply store or hardware store. In some cases, the kind of turpentine you buy in a hardware store may be fresher because of the shorter turnaround time.

Some artists work with mineral spirits. These are also available in hardware stores. To save money, buy the largest available quantity and use a smaller container when you do your actual painting.

Tube oil paint (i.e., oil paint directly from the tube) can be difficult to manipulate. Some colors are stiffer than others and may be hard to evenly distribute over your canvas. To solve this problem, artists often need to mix their tube paints with a so-called painting medium.

A painting medium is a liquid solution that makes the oil paint smoother and easier to manipulate. Adding any one of a number of different painting mediums changes the consistency of the paint. Some mediums


Oil Painting Know All That You Wanted to Know Oil Painting

Posted on March 4, 2016 By

There are many interesting facts and terms that you need to know, beforehand, about oil painting if you plan to take it up as a hobby. By knowing these terms, you will be able to get a better understanding of oil painting and become an expert about the trivialities involved in that type of painting.

To start with, you need to understand what the terms value and color temperature mean. In paintings, you need to make the transition of the colors from a dark color to the light color. Value is the term that is added to this change from dark to light that is made in the paintings. By making changes in the value in oil painting, you will be able get a better contrast in your painting.

Another term related to oil painting that you may not have heard before is color temperature. Color temperature is nothing but the place of a color on a color wheel. By using the color wheel, it is possible to get an idea about the cool and warm colors. While the warm ones have a reddish tint, the cool ones are found to have a bluish tint


Oil Painting Most Popular Art Form Of The Modern

Posted on March 3, 2016 By

Oil painting is a distinct genre of painting where drying oil is applied as paints. Timeless possessions of arts, oil paintings down the ages are visual documentations of the history culture and lifestyle of the yore. With the moving courses of time new styles and techniques have made way into the paintings making them more enriched and versatile. Oil Painting is also very popular in the modern times. The modern artists and connoisseurs admire them and innovate new ideas from them.

Various types of oil were used to create oil paintings. Linseed oil, poppy seed oil, sunflower oil and walnut oil were used commonly. The painters mixed the oils with the pigments with great dexterity and precision. Pine resins and frankincense were applied to bring a glossy effect on the paintings. Generally the paintings were carved on a canvas. But in some cases the paintings were framed out in paper sheets, cardboards, linoleum and wooden panels. Animal glue and gesso were used to coat the panel paintings. Modern gesso is a combination of calcium carbonate and polymer acrylic. It is used to increase the absorbency of the primer coat of an oil painting. Animal glue saves from

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Oil Painting All About This Art

Posted on March 2, 2016 By

Oil painting is the method of painting with pigments that bound with means of drying oil, especially linseed oil in early modern Europe.

The oil, such as linseed was simmered with pine resin or even frankincense, these were in oil painting used as varnishes and were esteemed for their splendor and glossiness. Other oils occasionally used in oil painting include poppy seed oil, walnut oil, and safflower oil. These oils give a variety of properties to the oil paint, such as less staining or different drying times.

Certain differences are also visible in the luster of the paints depending on the oil. Painters often use different types of oils in the same painting depending on specific pigments and desired effects. The paints themselves also develop a particular feel depending on the media.

These techniques can be contemplated in the oil painting lessons in Florence.
Traditionally, painting was performed with paint brushes, but there are other methods, including the palette knife, the rag, and even directly from the paint tube. Oil paint remains wet longer than many other types of artists’ materials, so a reality in many painter’s studios is the removal of oil paint

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