Oils are an extremely versatile medium that push artists to explore the boundaries of their creativity. However, they can be fussy and it takes practice to get a handle on the paints. Even the best oil painters are always learning more about this intriguing medium. Here are some things to remember when using testing the supplies found in our oil painting gifts:
- The “Fat over Lean” Principle: Each layer of oil should be thicker than the previous layer. The bottom layers absorb moisture from the top layers, but if the top layers are thinner they can crack.
- Linseed oil is optimal for bottom layers in a painting because it dries more thoroughly than other oils. However, substitute linseed for poppy oil if you’re using whites or blues – linseed oil has the tendency to yellow.
- Do not dry paintings in the dark or a thin film may rise to the top and yellow your painting.
- Hold your brush near the middle or end of the handle. Oil brushes are long for a reason. Speaking of brushes, purchase a nice set for oil painting (preferably hog hair, sable or synthetic sable). Nylon brushes tend to lose bristles in the paint.
- Your workspace should have abundant natural lighting. Rex Art offers several of Daylight Full Spectrum products for excellent prices. If natural sunlight is scarce, perhaps invest in an artificial daylight lamp is a good investment. You should also make sure your space is well-ventilated.