oil painting art supplies

what do you use for oil painting?

  • The old masters used oil painting art supplies for their classic paintings.
  • Oil paintings are still considered the standard for fine art paintings.
  • There is nothing like a rich, beautiful oil painting.

do you want to start oil painting?

But you have some questions about what to use for oil painting.

The answers are here.

oil painting art supplies

what do you use for oil painting?

  • The old masters used oil painting art supplies for their classic paintings.
  • Oil paintings are still considered the standard for fine art paintings.
  • There is nothing like a rich, beautiful oil painting.

do you want to start oil painting?

But you have some questions about what to use for oil painting.

The answers are here.



what are the best oil paints?

are artists paints better than student paints?

Artists professional paints are the top of the line in oil paintings art supplies. They are highly pigmented paints that produce the rich, beautiful colors like the old masters.

Student paints have less pigment, so they are less expensive. They may not produce the good color of the artists paints. But they certainly are good for learning and practice.

artist paints

  • Winsor & Newton paints from England are the classic standard for oil painting art supplies.
  • Gamblin paints are considered the safest paints available today for health conscious people.
  • Water-mixable oil paints are popular today for health reasons. The paints are thinned with water and no solvents are required.

student paints

These student paints have a good amount of pigment, produce good colors and are reasonably priced.

  • Winton - Winsor & Newton's student paint has the highest pigment load of the student paints.
  • Grumbacher student paint is inexpensive and widely available. 
  • Daler-Rowney has a fast drying student paint.

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artists professional paints

Winsor & Newton
Artists' Oil set


Gamblin Oil
Paint set

Winsor & Newton
Water Mixable Oil set


good quality student paints

Winsor & Newton
Winton Oil set



grumbacher
paint set



Daler-Rowney
quick drying








what are alkyd paints?

Alkyd paints use the same pigments as all other paints. Their pigments are combined with alkyd resin. The colors all dry at the same rate with a lovely soft sheen. They dry completely over night or within 24 hours maximum.

They look like and handle just like oil paints. Regular oil paints combine their pigments with linseed oil. They have a much longer drying time and they dry at various times depending on the colors.

Alkyds may be used for underpainting or for an entire painting. They have been my "oil paints" for many years now instead of the traditional slow drying oil paints.

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  • Griffin Alkyds made by Winsor & Newton have been my favorites since the 1980s - great paint!
  • Gamblin, an American company makes a nice set of reasonably priced Alkyd Paints.
  • Da Vinci also makes professional quality alkyd paint.


alkyd paints

Winsor & Newton
Griffin Alkyds


Gamblin Fastmatte Alkyd Oil Colors


Da Vinci
Professional Alkyds







what are the basic colors for oil painting?

A good place to start choosing colors is with the three primary colors; red, yellow and blue.

A warm and cool version of the three primary colors will give you mixing capabilities for any color you want in your paintings.

  • Red - Cadmium Red Light and Alizarin Crimson
  • Yellow - Cadmium Yellow Light and Yellow Ochre
  • Blue - Ultramarine Blue and Thalo Blue

You will also need to add a large tube of white to your oil painting art supplies.

  • Titanium White is the recommended white for mixing and general painting.






what do you paint on?

canvas

Stretched cotton canvas has a wonderful give and feel when you are painting on it. Canvases come primed with gesso and ready for painting. Check the label to make sure it says they are suitable for oil painting.

The last few years the gallery-wrap canvases have become popular. You paint the edges of the canvas that wrap around the stretcher bars. Then the painting can be displayed without a frame.

panels

Hardboard panels don't take up as much space in storage. Ampersand Gessobord panels have been archivally prepared and are ready to paint on.

canvas boards and paper

Canvas boards (canvas panels) are inexpensive and good for practice and student work. The boards may warp after a period of time.

Paper may be used for sketches and student work. Use a heavy paper like watercolor paper and prime with gesso to keep the paint from soaking into the paper.

  • It makes good sense to use the traditional oil painting art supplies.
  • Paintings done with either canvas or hardboard panels will last for years. You can hand them down to your children and grandchildren.


oil painting supports

stretched canvas

Ampersand gessobord

canvas boards






what brushes are best for oil painting?

hog hair brushes

Oil painting art supplies should include the traditional hog hair brushes. They are sturdy enough to move the oil paint around.

They are good for expressive paintings where you want the brush strokes to show.

soft brushes

Soft synthetic brushes or animal hair brushes are good for smoother paintings like portraits.

Their soft brush strokes don't leave ridges that show.


galeria brushes

Many acrylic brushes are suitable for oil painting.

Galeria brushes are acrylic brushes made by Winsor & Newton. They work well with oils and they keep a good edge for details.

oil painting brushes

White Hog
Bristle Set


natural hair
brush set


Winsor & Newton
Galeria Brush Set







additional oil painting art supplies

You will need a solvent to thin your paints for painting and to clean the brushes between colors. Gamsol, an odorless mineral spirits made by Gamblin is considered the safest for painting indoors.

Keep your painting solvent in a covered container and keep it covered when you are not using it.

When the day is done, Master's Brush Cleaner will thoroughly clean and preserve your brushes.

Disposable paper palettes are very handy, no cleaning after painting. Just roll up the used palette and dispose it.

Graphite transfer paper is handy for transferring your drawings to the painting surface.


gamsol odorless
mineral spirits


Stainless Steel
Brush Washer


The Masters
Brush Cleaner







These oil painting art supplies have produced lots of good paintings.

they will work for you, too!


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