Oil Painting: Tips and Tricks

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Oil paints are enjoyable to work with and are boundless in the way they can be used and applied. The variation in texture, colour and consistency is limitless, and it isn't surprising that many beloved paintings from the Renaissance were created using this medium.

Van Gogh’s Starry Night, Vermeer’s Girl with a Pearl Earring and of course, Da Vinci’s Mona Lisa are all prime examples of famous and astounding works, all created with oil paints.

But oil painting can be daunting, especially for a beginner. So, to help you out, we’ve listed a few tips and tricks to make your first oil painting a success.

  • Hold the paintbrush as far back as possible to give you the most degree of control and room to work.
  • Use the side of your brush for sharper, thinner strokes and the flat edge of your brush for firmer, broader strokes.
  • A light hand will take you far and give you more room to experiment.
  • Clean brushes as often as possible and make sure you don’t accidently taint any of your colours. Keep the paint in the tube pure.
  • Your palette knife is your friend and can be used not just in mixing paint but also in making some pretty creative strokes.
  • Don’t overwhelm yourself with too many colours at once. Focus on a few and build up colour intensity through these, learning what mixes well and what doesn’t.
  • And finally, practise, practise, practise. Paint the same subject a couple of times and you’ll find that rather than focusing on the image, you’ll be more focused on the technique, letting the subject shine through the strokes and colours instead.

Read more about what makes Oil Painting so unique here.

Or if you want to have a go yourself, head to our page for more information.


By Mahveen Syed