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My name is Erika. I'm in love with making art, collecting old things & chasing after my two kiddos. This blog is a peek into my happy accidents & plots of total world domination.

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5 Tips- Beginning Oil Painting

Last week I went over a simple supply list to get started with oil paints.  I thought this week I should go over a simple list to get started with those supplies.

1.  Fat versus Lean.  Mixing a paint with oil makes it fatter and mixing your paint with Turpenoid makes the paint leaner.  Leaner paint will dry quicker.  :)Number 1 rule in oil painting.
2.  If you make a mistake either scrap it with a palette knife or wipe it with a rag/towel with Turpenoid.
3.  Prep your surface before you paint.  Prep your surface with a coat of gesso or acrylic paint and then sand.  You will use less paint and it won't soak into the surface. 
4.  Try doing an underpainting- pick a neutral color (like a burnt umber) and do a light sketch of the values of the painting and let it dry completely.
5.  If you want to keep your brushes- clean your brushes.  Wipe the excess paint on news paper or some artists have a wipe canvas.  Use Turpenoid to get the excess paint out.  Wipe again and then clean with soap and water.

3 comments

Anonymous said...

Hey Erika, your commitment to painting is inspiring and refreshing!

Charlotte said...

What do you think of those "oil painting kit for dummies"? I mean if I just want to try it to see if I am interested. Just like you said, it sounds intimidating. Right now I have so many projects but I always want to try something new.

Erika Lee Sears said...

If it were me starting all over again- I would get a Winsor Newton set- like the small one. Use a Michael's coupon. Then go to Art Media in PDX and you can get minis of the oil/turpenoid/ and some cheap brushes. :)

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