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How To Paint - Using Oils
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 I've put this article together to teach anyone how to oil paint, I could suggest taking painting classes, but money is always a deterrent. So hence this guild.

With oils the most important thing to remember is they're messy as heck and smell very strongly, so I'd suggest you to find a well ventilated environment to work in. If inside at least make sure your windows are open, maybe even have a fan running, this helps to disperse the paint fumes  .

Materials would consist of oil paints of course, my suggestion would be: the three primary colors (Red,Yellow and Blue), plus black and White. To save time, if unfamiliar with mixing primary colors to obtain secondary colors please see my other guild How to Paint-using Acrylics. I've explained in that guild everything you need to know.

Bushes and the best you can afford, with oil paints unlike acrylics, It's always best to use the best natural hair brush one can afford to buy. Why you might ask is this so important ?. The answer is simple, with oils the brushes can be cleaned completely, and the oil in the paints helps to keep the bristles supple.

Turpentine for cleaning the brushes and paint up with, a drop cloth to catch any paint that falls on the floor and lastly something called a paint pallet and of course canvas to paint on. To learn how to paint with oils can be the most fun anyone ever had, what I mean by this is, because the paint is mixed with oil, it doesn't dry very quickly, which allows an artist to play with the paint on the canvas. Proper technique is available with painting classes, but if all you want is to learn how to paint then this will do the job nicely. Start off by placing your canvas where ever you have chosen to do your work, and I'd suggest painting your whole canvas in, using white paint or a replacement base so no canvas is showing. This is done so when painting your work of art the paint stays on top and doesn't soak into the canvas any longer. Saves on expensive pigment IE. colors. How to oil paint is in my opinion is easier then painting with acrylics or water colors, you can have more fun with them, play with them on the canvas by moving the paint around blending the colors together as you do this. I'm not saying there Isn't skill involved, cause there certainly is, just that it can be much more enjoyable. To learn how to paint is something everyone should try at least once in they're lives, it's relaxing, plus it brings out the creative side in all of us. I even started to learn how to paint using my fingers and other things I found laying around the house. It creates incredible effects and is cool to muck around with. Painting classes can be fun but do at times get a little bit demanding and tend to have to much structure in my opinion, not that they can't teach you what you want to know, just the way in which they go about things will if not careful kill the fun aspect of a student who just wants to know how to oil paint. But if advanced technique is what your after then painting classes can't be beat. For the beginner painting classes may just be to expensive and where to find the information to at least get started is the question. The answer is right here in this article on how to oil paint that's where.

OK so where was I, oh yes mucking around with the oil paint on your canvas and learning to blend the colors, this method is unlike acrylics or water colors in that neither of those mediums will allow blending to such a degree. And if you think you wanting to learn how to paint with oils is tough, try water colors, no mistakes are possible here trust me. If a mistake is made there's really no way to fix it.

Oils on the other hand can be fixed up as well as acrylics but acrylics can't be blended like oils so for someone just starting off the only way to go is to learn how to oil paint. 

If your interest is high then you can learn how to paint with acrylics and after try your hand at water colors. The only advice I can give is to just jump right in and start painting, no structure is really necessary, how to oil paint is as easy as putting the paint on the canvas and spending it around, this is how you learn to paint, later you can learn to create structure. I hope this article has helped anyone who wants to know how to oil paint, it was of course intended at the beginner, so please don't expect to much since it's that beginner it was targeted at. Look for further articles like how to oil paint the advanced techniques or learn how to paint with water colors.

Thanks for reading this article and may all your creations turn out to be master pieces.  


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