First, oil painting is love! You can’t do creativity because it’s fashionable or because everyone is doing it, and I need it. The desire for creativity must come from the heart. This is the main guarantee of success!
Secondly, adult oil painting is not an attempt to become Leonardo! This is a way of self-expression, a variant of great relaxation, art therapy, and a way to escape from the routine.
Third, this is not a story about perfectionism. This is a story about your personal vision. You don’t need to make a copy; make your own version and enjoy the result.
Finally, technically, listen to the professionals. They will advise which brush to choose and how to use a palette knife. It is a professional artist who will help you find the right shades of color and build a harmonious composition.
Items you will need for the job: brushes, canvas, palette, palette knife (art trowel with steel glass), oil paint thinner, and oiler (special double cone used for thinner)
You can purchase several different types of brushes at once; for example, you can start with round, flat, and bristle brushes of different sizes;
The main set of oil paints consists of the following colors: white, black, ocher, blue, green;
You need to paint in a place well lit by natural light; otherwise – the colors may differ from those that they seemed in a specific light;
If you have never drawn before, then it is better to start by taking some well-known picture-example and depicting it – it is easier to gradually comprehend the skill. For example, one of the most famous paintings by Ukrainian artists.
Any painting begins with building a composition on canvas. It is advisable for a beginner to outline the main compositional elements with a pencil and build a composition;
One of the main rules in painting with oil paint: from dark to light. That is, in any case, the first color should be dark. Try to stick to this oil painting technique constantly;
To prevent the oil paint from being too thick, you must mix it with a solvent. To get the consistency you need, it should be added to oil paints gradually;
During work, do not be afraid to get dirty with paints, because they can be easily washed (with water and laundry soap), and things can be washed without problems using ordinary means. It should be remembered that it is easier to clean things on the same day that oil paint gets on them.
Please note that oil paintings dry for about three weeks, but this is not long compared to, for example, the famous oil paintings of the classics of the past centuries, who sometimes waited five years;
After the oil painting is dry, it can be varnished if desired, thus protecting your oil painting and colors from fading;
Brushes must first be cleaned with solvent and dry and wet wipes or towels. Then, when all residues of oil paint have been removed, the brushes must be washed with water and laundry soap. Oil paint should be wiped off until the water is completely clear. If the oil paint dries on the brush, it can seriously damage the instrument;
Oil paint is washed off the hands under warm water for several minutes. Use regular soap, but if there is a bar of laundry soap (brown laundry soap is especially effective), then in general, everything will be washed perfectly;
If you plan to continue painting in the coming days, the leftover oil paint can be stored on the palette by covering it with cling film. Then they can be used next time.
If you do not dare to paint with oil paints at home, then we will be glad to see you in the art studio for oil painting lessons.
We sincerely recommend oil painting master classes for birthday celebrations and meeting friends. Such a creative holiday will be remembered for a long time by all participants.…