oil painting supplies
What you need for oil painting is much the same as for any type of painting.
- You need paint, brushes and something to paint on.
what is the best oil paint for artists?
There are many good brands of oil paints. My recommendation is when you are learning how to do oil painting, choose professional artist paints. Why you may ask?
Student grade paints has less pigments in them. That is why they are less expensive. Less pigment means the paint doesn't cover as well, so you have to use more of it.
The artist quality paints have more pigment are easier to paint with. It is much easier to produce good quality paintings with high quality paint. They actually are a better buy after the initial investment. They cover better, so you will use less paint per painting than when you use student paints.
what brushes to use?
Oil painting brushes generally fall into one of two categories: soft of stiff.
- Soft brushes made from either real animal hair or synthetic hair are good for smoother types of work, such as portraits and possibly still life paintings.
- Stiff brushes for oil painting are generally made from hog hair bristles. They are good for expressive work where you may want the brush strokes to show in the finished work. Stiff brushes move the paint around better and make it easier when you are learning how to do oil painting.
what do you paint on?
When you are learning how to do oil painting there are three painting supports to choose from; stretched canvas, panels or canvas boards.
- Stretched canvas is the traditional oil painting support. The canvas is stretched over and around wood bars. The canvas may be made from either cotton or linen. A stretched canvas has a give to it when you are applying paint.
- Panels may be made from wood or synthetic woods such as Masonite. They need to be primed with gesso in preparation for painting. Prepared panels are readily available for purchase.
- Canvas boards are the third option. They are suitable for student work and practice.