Oil Painting

One of the more frequently asked questions from beginners in oil painting is: How do I get Started? To get started in oil painting is relatively easy. There are some basic supplies that you will need and some basic guidelines to follow. This article will discuss how beginners can get started with oil painting. This article will not teach you how to become a good painter however. In fact, no one can make you a good painter. You can only be taught certain things and it is up to you to take what you have learned and apply it.

Linseed oil is made from the seed of the flax plant. During its early history, linseed oil had a different role then it has today. Originally it was used as a final varnish for paintings that were created using the egg tempera medium. Linseed oil is used as binder in today's oil paints. Linseed oil dries thoroughly and forms a strong paint film. Because linseed oil dries slowly, the paint remains in a workable state, enabling the artist to continue working on the painting for some time. When linseed oil ages, it does tend to yellow unfortunately. Many painters avoid using linseed oil with lighter colors like whites and yellows. Below are a few varieties of linseed oils that are available to today's oil painters.

The term oil painting denotes the use of oil in the paintings. For one, the pigments used to paint are mixed with oil or rather the base medium is oil. The oil that is usually used is Linseed Oil. Linseed Oil is harvested from Flax seeds that are easily available. A few other oils are used in the place of Linseed Oil. These include Walnut Oil and poppy seed oil. Mixing the dry pigments in oil helps to bring out a version of the color that no other medium can. Different oils produce different gloss intensities. The sheen can therefore vary depending on the oil used to mix the pigments. The oil-pigment mixture is painted onto a canvas. Oil Paintings are strictly canvas art. Canvas Art refers to those forms that use the canvas as a base. A thinner material may not be able to sustain and retain the color and effect.

Solvents are added to the paint to dissolve the resin when cleaning up and they are also added for changing the way oil paints work. These solvents will evaporate over time and are very flammable. Common solvents include; turpentine, mineral spirits, citrus-based thinners, and alkyd-based mediums. Turpentine is the most common solvent used and it has a quick evaporation rate. Mineral spirits have a medium evaporation rate and aren't as easily absorbed through the skin; these can also be purchased in an odorless form. While citrus-based thinners don't have as offensive on an odor as the two previous forms of solvent, they still produce harmful vapors. There are citrus-based thinners that are manufactured out of food-grade citrus oil. Some of these are also combined with a solvent that is non-flammable and non-toxic, which is much better for the person using it. The alkyd-based mediums are great for speeding up the drying time of most oil-based paints.

Oil paints that are already mixed and pre-stretched canvas can be purchased from art supply stores. While this is often the easiest route to take for making oil paintings on canvas, some artists enjoy crushing their own pigment and mixing paints personally. No matter how the materials are acquired, the freedom of painting on canvas that oil paints ensue is a great experience for even the most novice artist.