Getting the Right Supplies for Oil Painting
Oil painting is a popular an interesting form of art. Its popularity is mainly due to the fact that the paints
dry slowly, enabling the artists to work for quite long.
And once the first coat of paint has dried up, a second coat of paint can be applied to create a dramatic
effect. Oil paints are usually thick and buttery. It can be diluted with several types of thinners available.
Oil paint supplies are easily available in the market but you must get the right one to get the desired effects
on the canvas. Here are some tips that will help you choose the right supplied for oil painting.
The first thing you need to buy for oil painting is obviously some paint. Oil paints typically come in tubes. It
is advisable that you buy good quality primary colors and some secondary colors. Invest in a good brand instead of
buying cheap oil paints.
Solvents for oil paints
Solvents or thinners are used to dilute the oil paint and create a mix that is favorable for oil painting.
Traditionally, the solvent used is turpentine, which is known to maintain the oiliness of the paint.
But, trups can small really bad. There are several low-odor solvents available in the market. Opt for those.
Don’t buy the solvents available in a hardware store as they are not good for painting.
Mediums for oil paints
The mediums are used for several reasons such as: diluting the paints, increase the glossiness, transparency
etc. It also helps in reducing the drying time of oil paints. Before buying a medium, it is advised that you read
the description on the bottle to know what it does.
Brushes for oil painting
This is most important item required for oil painting. The stiff hair brushes are perfect thick oil paint. The
cheap hog brushes are as good as the expensive ones, with the exception that they don’t last long. Buy soft
bristled brushes for smooth painting where you don’t want brash marks to show.
Primers for oil paint
Primers must be applied on canvas and boards before
painting. Ideally, you can use acrylic paints for oil paintings as they require less drying time.