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Start Oil Painting- On the Cheap (Part 2)


In Part One, we talked about how and where to get oil painting supplies on the cheap. Now I want to to give you a really basic supply list. The fun thing about oil painting is that you can start out with a pretty basic supply list.  It can get expensive but the trick is to buy gradually and get a good core supply list.  Oil Paint can last a really long time especially if you put the cap on the tube. :)

Here goes, the basic supplies!

1. Paint Brushes. Buy a Synthetic Number 4 Round/Filbert/Flat. It can be cheap, just make sure the bristles don't fall out.  The great thing about about cheap brushes is that if you make a mistake and don't clean them properly, then you are only out a few bucks.  I previously wrote about brushes here. If you are just starting out, just get inexpensive ones and you can just be free to make awesome art. Usually art supply stores have a generic synthetic brush (not in a bag) and look at the bristles to make sure they are firmly in the ferrule. (the metal that holds the bristles).

2.  Paint.  You can buy a easy oil painting kit and it's the best bang for your buck. However some of those colors are a little strong and not the best to just start out with. Here is what I suggest to get started and they are more forgiving color. Yellow Ochre/Burnt Umber/Ultramarine Blue/ Cadmium Red/ Sap Green/ Burnt Sienna/Titanium White.  The expensive color is Cad Red but it's the best basic red to start with and it's a tube that will last you a long time. Optional colors that I love but can wait would be Pthalo Green/Cobalt Blue/Lemon Yellow.  Buy a professional grade, it doesn't have to be the highest end professional grade.

3.  Linseed Oil. The smallest and cheapest. a little goes along way and you can experiment with adding different sorts of oils later but linseed is a great basic that will give you base you need to feel the fluidity of your paint.

4.  Solvent. I use Turpenoid or Gamsol and you can buy a small container and get a bigger size later. It's important to clean your brushes and help the flow of your paint this is something will use.

5.  Canvas Boards or use the sketchbook Aquapaper by Bee Paper for initial painting surfaces. In the few art classes that I have taken, the instructors mostly use the boards. I use Aquapaper sketchbook because its a thick paper with little tooth and holds the paint really well.  I could never go back to any other sketchbook.

I also want to say I did not go to art school but I have been painting for a really long time.  You will develop your own palette, as you let your art grow and change.  This is just a basic list, that I think will give you the best results to learn and create the things you imagine.  Painting takes love mixed with practice but you can totally do this.

I had my second baby in November of 2014. I felt this over whelming feeling that I just needed to make art. I wanted to make more art then I ever did before I had kiddos. I am painting art everyday in 2015! This is Day 141.  If you want to read more about this project click here.

1 comment

Stevie. said...

Thank you so much for the tips on oil painting. I've been looking for a good sketchbook to practice on.

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