Oil Painting Techniques, Tips & Tricks

Oil Painting for Beginners

Oil Painting for BeginnersOil paintings are often among some of the most beautiful pieces of art in the world so it’s no surprise that many painters tend to gravitate towards painting with oils as a medium. If you’re new to painting with oils however you might be looking for some tips and guides that will help along the way before you create your first masterpiece and that’s where we come in!

Below you’ll find a selection of extremely useful tips, tricks and techniques that are designed to help those that are new to oil painting to pick up the necessary skills to create a work of art.

Essential Oil Painting Tips for Beginners

In this above video you’ll find accomplished oil painter Koorosh Angli from Angali.com giving out some incredible tips and advice on how to do oil painting for beginners. He covers things like pallets, paint pigments and all of the other essential equipment beginners should have before they being to work on their first oil painting.

A Guide to Brushes for Beginners

The above video walks beginners through all of the information you’ll need to know about choosing and using paint brushes for your oil paintings including information about bristle brushes, strokes, brush compositions and a lot more.

Painting With Oils Walkthrough for Beginners

This video covers a variety of topics ranging from equipment to techniques and also includes a walkthrough where you can see exactly how an oil painting is created as you watch the video creator paint a gorgeous field.

More tips and tricks for beginners…

  • Lay your oil paints onto your palette in the same order every time you paint so that after a while you’ll be able to pick up the color that you need straight instinctively and without even having to look.
  • Don’t use Ivory Black when sketching or underpainting as it dries much slower than other oil paints.
  • Be sure to use a larger amount of oil for the top layers of your painting because the lower layers will absorb oil from the above ones. If the layers on top dry faster than the bottom layers then they are at risk of cracking. This technique is known as painting ‘fat over lean’.
  • Use pigments that contain cobalt, lead and manganese to speed up the drying process.
  • Use linseed oil for the lower layers of any wet-on-dry painting since it will dry more thoroughly than any other oil.
  • Never dry your oil paintings in the dark as it can make a thin film of oil rise to the surface of the painting that will add a yellow tint to the painting.
  • You can use alcohol to clean off a layer of oil varnish or paint.
  • If you are unsure about a bottle of white spirits or mineral and want to know if it’s suitable for painting then drop a tiny amount of it on to a piece of paper and wait for it to evaporate. If it evaporates without leaving a stain, smell or residue then it’s fine to use.
  • If you’re finding a lot of wrinkles as the paint on the palette begins to dry then you have added too much oil.

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