Preparing For Oil Painting

Preparing For Oil Painting

Oil paint was introduced in the Renaissance period and is very popular today. Oil painting is a very powerful meaning.

In order to prepare for oil painting, the following supplies will be required. Support Medium

The most common support medium for oil painting is canvas or board. Before using these, they must be primed. A coat of ‘sizing’, which reduces the absorbency of the support, should be applied before the primer. Primers made for acrylic paints work equally as well.

Many artists recommend working with an easel, preferably one that is at a comfortable height for you. It’s a lot better on your back to not have to bend over.

Supplies for Painting. Hog hair is usually what brushes are made of. Cheaper brushes will not last as long, but they will work about the same. Sable brushes are softer and won’t make obvious brush marks. Every artist will have their preferences.

A Medium will dilute color. Usually in oil painting, linseed oil, poppy oil, walnut, or safflower oil is used. Mediums that are already mixed work just fine. Linseed oil should not be used as the medium for whites and blues as it can have a yellowing effect. A standard medium is 1 part oil to 2 parts solvent.

Thinners or solvents dilute the oil paint, and form part of the medium. They also might be used to clean the brushes. Turpentine is popular for solvents, but don’t get it from a hardware store, as it will yellow. The oil paints themselves are supplied in tubes. A novice might be tempted to buy a large range of colors for cheap. It is preferable to stick to good quality paints, investing in the three primary colors, red, yellow and blue, and only a few secondary colors to begin with.

Also, artists should drop a tarp under the easel. You should keep several cloths around to clean up any mess, get any paint off the canvas, and anything else you can think of.

The painting should have 48 hours to dry between the first and second coat. Make sure you put the painting in a safe place to dry. Hot or humid areas are frowned upon, but putting it in a dark place to dry might make the oil rise.

Beginners are recommended to experiment with colors and techniques. The use of color and harmony is based on the color wheel.

The last ingredient is the artist. Many believe that innate talent is vital, others that painting can be learnt. Everyone can enjoy oil painting with patience and time.

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