Oil painting: Tips and Tricks for beginners

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Thanks to oil painting you can create amazing artworks

Oil painting has many advantages over other materials such as acrylic. On this regard, you can take a look at our post: “Should I Use Acrylic or Oil Paint?”.

In this article, we show you tips and tricks for oil painting. What makes oil painting so fascinating is the intensive painting result given by the high opacity and luminosity of the oil paint. Oil paintings look soft and slightly shiny. This is exactly the effect that makes the work so special and why it is so beautiful to paint with oil.

Oil Painting: the quality of oil paints is very important!

The result of your oil paintings is of course also dependent on the quality of the oil paints. We recommend you use oil paints of good quality and at least in the execution studio quality, even better if in the artist quality. Even if you may at first think that they are too expensive, you only use a small amount of it to paint, so you´ll have high-quality oil paints for a long time that we´ll enable you to create stunning artworks. So, don’t save in the wrong place!

What do I need?

You need:

  • an easel
  • a canvas (best made of linen)
  • oil paints
  • brushes in different sizes (both bristle and round hairbrushes)
  • color palette
  • spatula
  • medium (turpentine or mineral spirits)

How do I start?

Before it comes to oil painting, it is important to prepare the canvas. This, too, plays a major role in the quality of your work. You can find out how to do that in our tutorial “Oil Painting – How to Prepare a Canvas?” With the accompanying video.

Now you’re ready to start!

Now that you know all the tips and tricks you’re ready to start! Have fun!

If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to leave us a comment and we´ll answer you promptly.

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