Oil painting is an interesting medium for painting. One can use various types of varnishes which are prepared from several oils. Some of the popular oils used are linseed oil which is most popular, walnut oil, poppy seed oil, and safflower oil. The use of oils lies in its versatility. You can create a lot of different styles and hues with the use of oil paints and a brush. If you have just begun with oil painting, then here are some smart tips that will make your learning experience a more enjoyable process.
Select the right palette which is most important while painting. Place your palette in the same order by the various colors. You can start with the darker colors on the right side of the palette adding the lighter colors across the left side. This will support a good and convenient flow of colors.
Tip No. 2
Ensure that your painting is smooth with a good mix of paint and varnish and by using a set of good quality brushes. Cheap brushes tend to lay their bristles on the canvass after a few uses. It is also quite difficult to clean the cheap brushes: therefore, it is always wise to spend a little more money to get a set of good brushes.
Tip No. 3
Clean your brushes properly by using a good mix of a thinner and liquid soap. Dip the brush into it and wipe it off with soft tissue paper. This would make the brush absolutely clean for the next use.
Tip No. 4
It can become confusing to select the right color combination in order to get an effect of light and dark shades. This can be resolved if you become aware of the different properties of oil paints such as colors value, temperature, intensity, and hue. For examples, black is the right choice for outlining, orange is right for intensity and shades of red are best for hues.
Tip No. 5
Oil painting, especially with age, tend to crack which is quite common, but this can avoid it by applying a thicker layer of paint over the lean one. You can also use good quality paint which is guaranteed not to crack over time. I hope these simple tips on oil painting will help you to paint on the canvas. You really need to experiment with oil paints to perfect your techniques.
Practice makes perfect!