Sunday, June 15, 2014

Oil Painting Supplies For The Beginner Artist

What to get when starting out with oil painting? Here are the basics.


Good quality but not too expensive oil paints. I use Reeves and have a wide range of colours, but I started out buying the primary colours first.



My tubes are stored in my toolbox (there are a few acrylic tubes in there too).


I have a set of smaller tubes with a large variety of colours and it comes in this fancy metal suitcase. I'm not a fan of them because they leak and some are difficult to open. They hardly get used, but the suitcase is so snazzy!


I usually mix my colours on a sheet of glass. These wax paper palette sheets are handy but wasteful.


I have a set of brushes and a few painting knives. The knives are used to mix the oils and work best on a glass sheet.


I pour purified linseed oil on the glass sheet and mix it into the oil paint to thin it or stretch the pigment out. Dala leaves oil rings where ever I place it and Daler-Rowney is neat but the cap is annoying to open and close.


I use oil painting medium or Liquin to thicken the oil paint and it helps dry the paint quicker. Oil paints can take months to dry and these mediums speed up drying to days. Liquin is semi-gloss and it is very noticeable when the paint dries.


At least 6 months after an oil painting is completed Dammar varnish is used to create a beautiful finish.

To clean my brushes I use turpentine, but Sansodor is much more environmentally friendly and safer to use (for your breathing). Turps is just cheaper for me, an art student. I always work in a well ventilated space. I keep these solvents in coffee jars and use them over and over again until they become too sludgy.

I oil paint on stretched canvas or on canvas paper, but a proper canvas really is the best.

Xo. Quaymberley.