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What do I need to get started with oil painting?

Are you curious about oil painting and want to know what you need to get started? Here we list the essentials, such as the right colors, brushes, and canvases, and suggest some useful additional services that will make it easy for you to embark on an exciting journey as an oil painter.

Oil painting

The finished oil paint contains two main components: pigment and drying oil. Oil painting is generally encased in a metal tube. A standard size is 37 ml or 40 ml, although some brands make 60 ml tubes and the largest tubes are usually around 200 ml. Quantities greater than 200ml are generally packaged in a cartridge that requires a cartridge gun dispenser to eject the paint.

For starters, an oil paint set is a great investment, as it's a quick and easy way to shop and explore a selection of paints from across the spectrum. As you can see from our color mixing series, a limited 4- or 5-color palette actually has the potential to offer a wide color gamut if you practice mixing different amounts. This can produce better results than working with hundreds of different tubes of paint, which can easily lead to soft paint mixes.

Oil painting sets are available in Professional, Artist, and Student classes. It should be noted that the classification of these qualities is ambiguous: it is a means of describing the quality of painting that you can expect from any brand, although some ranges are between professional and artist or artist and student. The difference between these is that higher quality colors have a higher concentration of pigment.

The higher the pigment concentration, the more vivid the color will be. In addition, other properties of pigments such as texture, body and transparency determine the character of the color itself, for example, some pigments are more absorbent than others and can absorb more drying oil. If so, the resulting color will be more fluid and probably more transparent. If a pigment is less absorbent, it can absorb less oil and the resulting color can be more pasty.

In summary, this means that the properties of each color can vary much more in professional paints than in student paints, which are typically more uniform in color consistency and gloss than color paint, and most have dryers added so that Each paint will dry at the same time. velocity. This is a factor to consider when choosing a brand. I would always suggest buying the best you can afford for a more exciting painting experience, but if you can't afford the best, don't be discouraged because student and artist paints can create great paints in the right hands too! All oil colors can be mixed with each other, so you can add a more or less expensive color palette to your ensemble at any time.


Some oil paint sets come in tube sizes less than 40ml, for example 18ml or 21ml. They are a great option if you want a wider range of colors but have a budget to meet. Of course, it all depends on how thick you want to apply the paint (and how many colors you could paint!), But with a single coat paint in one sitting (known as 'alla prima') you could get 4 - 6, 30 cm x 40 cm large paint canvases, with a set of 12 x 21 ml paint tubes, color unchanged, straight from the tube. This would be enough painting experience to get an idea of ​​your preference for certain colors.

Enjoy The Video Tutorial about Oil painting for beginners supplies - What you need to buy!

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