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.