7 Tips On Buying Oil Painting Supplies

by denisesanger on January 25, 2012

Getting Started with Oil Painting Supplies

Painting is a relaxing hobby that many people pursue. However to pursue oil painting, there are various oil painting supplies you need to first buy. As oil painting materials are rather expensive, and there are so many types of supplies to choose from, here are some tips on buying oil painting supplies that will help you make your choice.

1. You need an easel for painting;  choose one which is not only the right height, but which is also sturdy. Though you can easily buy easels in art shops, you can always build one at home if you are on a budget. There are many types of easels, from the simple inexpensive table top version to the Rolls Royce of Easels featured below. They can run the gamut from $15 to $1,500 and everywhere in between.

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2. Oil Painting Brushes – Regarding brushes, buy a variety of animal hair brushes or synthetic brushes made for both oil and acrylic.  Natural hair brushes like sable are preferred by many artists as they handle oil paints better.  Oil paint is a heavy bodies paint and needs a firm brush to move the paint on the canvas. The nylon synthetic brushes are often  softer and don’t handle quite as well. Today there are many synthetic brushes that are designed specifically for oil painting and the manufacturers try very hard to mimic the natural characteristics of sable. are much more natural than the synthetic ones.

3. Artist Painting Palette – You will need a palette to mix paint on. Some artists use glass palettes, some prefer wooden palettes, while many student artists use the inexpensive disposable pads of wax coated paper or disposable palettes for mixing paints while painting. It’s always better to buy disposable palettes where you use one for putting colors down, and another only for mixing colors.

4. Oil Medium – You can use various oils for mixing with your pigments. Many artists  start with cold pressed linseed oil, which is  basically an all purpose oil. However, some have adverse reactions to the smell of the linseed oil. There are many other types of oils on the market, like Walnut oil, poppy-seed oil, safflower oil,  that are becoming much more popular than linseed oil. Oil Mediums are used to thin the oil paints for certain painting techniques. It’s better to use a palette knife to mix your oil and or resins with your pigments rather than mix with your brushes.

5. Oil Thinners – Other oil painting supplies you need are paint thinner or mineral spirits. However do make sure you buy thinners and spirits that do not smell too much, as it is not healthy to inhale the fumes.

6. Cleaning Brushes –  Today, rather than using toxic cleaners, artists can use a good soap and water solution after removing all the excess paint from your brushes or purchase safe brush cleaners designed for this purpose..

7. Painting Surfaces – When first starting out, one can use canvas boards for practicing your oil painting. Once you feel comfortable with the medium, you can switch to canvas surfaces. While you can buy unprimed canvas and prepare your own canvas at home, the labor and ‘know – how’ is hardly worth the extra time and effort. Purchase inexpensive stretched canvas surfaces from any local art supply store or try the art department in many of the popular department stores.

We hope these tips on buying oil painting supplies will assist you in buying the tools you require to pursue this hobby of yours.   All of the above tools and supplies are available at ArtApprenticeOnline.com store.

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