Some people would want to have a hand and try to make art. It is something that can make your mind at ease and is a very good stress reliever. The problem with it is that it is quite intimidating. When you look at other’s creations, it is inspiring but at the same time frightening to get par with them. As a beginner, you should not think that way. Everyone had a start even those artists.
One of the forms of art that people would like to try is painting. There are many types of it but the most popular that we see at museums are oil paints, and we know a lot of artists from it. As said before, you should not compare yourself with them. Remember that everybody has a start and their own style. You can be inspired while developing your own. If you are just starting with oil painting, here are some tips for you:
1. Know the Materials
Every art is different but has its supplies no matter what it is. The oil painting has a lot of them. The first thing on the list is, of course, the paint and as the name suggests, it is painted with oil in it. Most commonly mixed in is the linseed oil to add more pigment. Then you will also need brushes and a palette to put on your paint. You will also need a surface to paint on and the most popular would be a canvas, and you could start with that. Then, of course, you would need something to clean your brushes with like a paper towel and even a thinner.
2. Start with a Few
As said before, oil painting has a lot of supplies, and they are not cheap. It will be wise for you to not get too overboard with the materials. Instead, start with the few basic brushes. As for the pallet, you can also start with few colors. This way, you could also learn how to mix them to have different colors. It is advised to have the primary colors and then a white and even a brown. You can start painting even with just those colors.
3. Know the Techniques
There are different techniques when it comes to oil painting, and you can try them all in order to have your own and know what you are most comfortable with. Some of the techniques include:
- Scumbling – it involves producing a broken color effect by dragging a dry brush all over the canvas.
- Alla prima – it is also called as wet on wet and is a technique wherein paint is applied even if the other layers are not yet dried.
- Glazing – this where glazes are applied on dried top layers.
- Chiaroscuro – it is how light and dark are balanced in the painting.
- Impasto – it is adding texture to the painting
- Grisaille – is a painting that is monochrome which uses gray tones.
- Blocking in – as the name suggests, general colors and shapes are blocked.
- Blending in – it is when two colors were mixed while wet making them blend.
- Oiling out – it is when at the lower layers of the painting, the oil sinks which makes the top layers less vital.
- Once you learn about the techniques, always practice until you discover your own. Then after you have discovered it, master it.
- Famous oil painter Bob Ross always advised to keep the brushes clean, and it is important to do so. This will avoid having a mess with both your space and also your painting.