How to oil paint: Some elementary steps for the beginners 

by Layla Kent Thursday, May 05, 2011
Oil painting is a highly strenuous job that requires a lot of perseverance and is highly time-consuming. Unlike acrylic paints, it takes an extended span of time to dry up. Therefore, acrylic paints were initiated to form a base for the oil paints due to their fast dry-ability. As a beginner, one of the basic painting techniques that you should be familiar with is that linseed oil when added to oil paint extends the hue and also promotes workability. Before, you really learn how to oil paint, a very basic concept that you should learn is that paint when mixed in a medium is known as the long one, while those from tubes are known as the short paint.

To blend your oil paint colors with one another, a pear wood palette is best used, rather than a wooden one. To know how to oil paint, at first you should grow acquainted with the colors. There are basically three sorts of oil paints, viz. opaque, semi-opaque and transparent. The most basic painting techniques are to use linseed oil with the paint and put paint sufficient for only a couple of strokes initially. However, try not to get baffled with the other prevalent paint mediums; but for experimental purpose, you can surely try some of the professional oil paints. To start with the painting, you need the long paint brushes from the brand of Da Vinci.

A commonly noticed painting style is the brush held near the top while painting. You will find this difficult to maintain as the developing stage should be dedicated towards learning how to oil paint rather than the styles and painting techniques. Instead, play around simply by painting at an easle. Ensure that you stand away from the painting and never rest the pricey brushes in trips. Turpentine and other mediums are harmful to the bristles of the paint. Hence, wipe it with a cloth wash or a paper towel to remove the solvent and expunge it with soap water.

The most customary painting techniques demand the usage of a raw umber color to form the base or underpaint. The raw base color should be acrylic to ensure fast drying. Apply a couple of coatings to see the color resurface through the oil painting. There are two possible methods of how to oil paint; first being the wet on wet technique and another one is the stage painting technique. The wet technique is done with stiff painting or thinned paints that are mixed with a linseed oil medium to the consistency of a salad dressing. This will make the paint more workable, and you will have full control over the brushes.

If, you are a complete newbie to the art, try small paint tasks instead of undertaking over-consummate assignments.

Resource Box: Looking for an experienced tutor to teach how to oil paint? We are a webpage offering e-books teaching top-notch oil painting techniques.

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