Friday, August 22, 2014

Oil Painting Tutorial: How to Start Painting

This lesson is all about mixing and how to handle the oil paint.

First, have a look at the oil painting supply list before you begin and make sure you have all these items. Clear a workspace and make sure there is proper ventilation because there are very strong fumes.

You will need:

  • a small sheet of canvas paper, can be cut to A4 
  • oil paints: red, yellow, blue, white
  • rag and a smock
  • turpentine or Sansodor
  • oil painting bristle brushes


Start with the colour-wheel. Using pencil draw a large circle, about the diameter of a coffee mug. Divide it into six slices.

Use the primary colours red, yellow and blue to mix the secondary colours purple, green and orange. We worked it out which colours are next to each other by putting the three primary colours first and between each one leave a space for the mix.

Primary colours


The colour wheel


Mix liquin (to speed up the drying process) or linseed oil (to extend the paint) into various mixes to test the change in consistency.



Next to the colour-wheel, test out the various mixes by creating a colour grid (as seen below).


The colours may not look exactly the way you would imagine them to, but this is to experiment and practice mixing colours.

When you are done, clean those brushes! Use turpentine or Sansodor and both of these can be kept in a sealed container to use for cleaning next time.

Xo. Q.


Thursday, August 7, 2014

How To Draw a Fish Pond In Pastel

Keira (age 6), Raya (age 8) and Kendra (age 4)

Of course another fish drawing tutorial! I had an art session with these girls and there was a fish pond in the garden full of koi, so we decided to draw it.

My demonstration drawing next to Keira's drawing

I started by showing the artists the different features of the pond such as the plants and rocks around it, the different colours of the fish, the colour of the water and what else was floating on the water.



We got started right away by drawing a large bean shape for the pond (in any colour). The water would be coloured in last and to make it easier I told them to fill the pond with as many fish as possible. I demonstrated how to draw a fish from above. It's similar to this koi tutorial. We used pastel blending techniques for the colourful fish.


Having fun with art
This session is open to interpretation and I don't give too much advice because the students can come up with great ideas of their own. Xo Quaymberley.