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Oil Painting Tutorial by Misted-Dream Oil Painting Tutorial by Misted-Dream
Lol, so this will be my first ever tutorial--let me know if there are some things I need to change and/or make more clear for you. I've basically taken progress photos of a typical painting and then explained what I did in each step. This isn't necessarily meant to be a "How To" for oils (I do some things that aren't probably considered normal or even correct), but I know some of you have been waiting for something like this to come along. So here ya go! Hopefully this helps you out a little. :aww:
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Emberguard Featured By Owner May 25, 2014   General Artist
How long do you usually wait between layers?
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Misted-Dream Featured By Owner May 25, 2014  Professional Traditional Artist
It depends, but on average I'd say at least a full day. Some colors take longer to dry than others.
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LadyLaria Featured By Owner May 5, 2014   General Artist
Very useful tutorial! I mostly painted digitally until now and I bought some oil colors and this was very useful for me to start! Thanks!
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Misted-Dream Featured By Owner May 5, 2014  Professional Traditional Artist
That's really good to hear! Glad it helped you out. :) Have fun with the oils!
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ClaireCherry Featured By Owner Aug 5, 2013  Student General Artist
This is great! I'm new to Oil Painting, but this will help.

Just a question, do the brushes you use for oil painting need some special care or treatening? Or can I just wash them and leave them like they are? _
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Misted-Dream Featured By Owner Aug 5, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist

Thank you! I'm glad it will help. :)

Yes, I recommend washing them thoroughly with mineral spirits after each use, otherwise they'll dry and turn into clubs. ;) It would also help if you rinsed them with water after the mineral spirits, just to keep them extra clean.

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ClaireCherry Featured By Owner Aug 6, 2013  Student General Artist
Question number two (sorry, but I don't want to do things wrong >_< )...
Do I always have to use canvas or can I take other "stuff" for Oil paintings too?

And is colour mixing here as easy as watercolour mixing?
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Misted-Dream Featured By Owner Aug 6, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist

Lol, that's totally okay! No worries. :)

Nope! I actually like using wood board (or Masonite) with gesso as a ground so that the oils won't seep into the wood. If you like more "texture", then canvas is a good option. Otherwise, if you prefer to work on smoother surfaces, I would recommend Masonite or some other type of hardboard. I personally love Ampersand Gessoboards, which I buy at DickBlick online. They're already prepared--you can paint on them right when you get them if you want. They're not too spendy either. Just be sure that whatever you use has a ground on it so that the paint won't absorb into the surface. :)

It depends I guess. Oil paint is much thicker, so you have to take that into consideration. If you mix too many colors at once, the paint can sort of look "muddy", but I suppose that could be said of any medium.

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ClaireCherry Featured By Owner Aug 27, 2013  Student General Artist
Alrighty xD

One more question!
I painted the layer (on canvas), and I was surprised that oil paint takes so long to dry o_o
Is there any way I could "fast forward" the drying process?
Because I need the painting to be finished soon^^
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Misted-Dream Featured By Owner Aug 27, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
Oh yes! Oils take very long to dry. The thicker you paint, the longer they take to dry. I paint very thin, but even with a thin coat of paint, it takes at least 4 days or more for it to dry enough to paint on again. There are "quick drying" mediums that help make oils dry a little quicker, but I've never used them. They can be kind of tricky too, because if you add too much, it can make your oil paint crack (!).
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Storm-Cwalker Featured By Owner Feb 5, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
very great tut, i will be making an oil painting in my art class and wanted to get a head start
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Misted-Dream Featured By Owner Feb 5, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
Thank you! I'm glad it was helpful for you. :)
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KattiNjaard Featured By Owner Mar 6, 2012
I love this tutorial! I've painted a few oil paintings, but without backgrounds. Thanks to this tutorial I now know how I can make the BGs as well. Thank you very, very much! :)
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Misted-Dream Featured By Owner Mar 6, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
You're so welcome! I was hoping this would help somebody out, so I'm glad to hear that's the case for you. :D
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Kaiza-san Featured By Owner Feb 23, 2012  Student Traditional Artist
very nice tutorial~

I'm just learning how to oil paint. though the first class the teacher didn't have us paint, and he expects us to try and paint in oil, haha.
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Misted-Dream Featured By Owner Feb 23, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
Thank you! I hope I was clear enough.

It's really a fun medium! Sometimes the best way to learn is to jump right in and try things. Even if they're wrong, you'll learn that and find a better way to do it. I'm sure you'll start painting in the class soon--your teacher probably wants to get a few introductory things out of the way first and maybe even show you some techniques. ;)
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Kaiza-san Featured By Owner Feb 24, 2012  Student Traditional Artist
yeah, it was clear. XD

we painted today in class. it was pretty hard at first, at least oil painting is so forgiving, lol.
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Misted-Dream Featured By Owner Feb 24, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
Good to hear! It'll always be an adjustment with a new medium, but you either learn to love it or hate it. ;)
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Kaiza-san Featured By Owner Feb 25, 2012  Student Traditional Artist
I hope to learn to love it then. :XD:
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Misted-Dream Featured By Owner Feb 25, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
I'm sure you will. ;)
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opal-fire Featured By Owner Sep 22, 2011  Student Traditional Artist
Beautiful! Thank you very much for putting your time into this tutorial. Especially right when I'm preparing to try oil painting! :D
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Misted-Dream Featured By Owner Sep 22, 2011  Professional Traditional Artist
Thank you! I'm glad it came at the right time then. :)
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Dauntless-Gothika Featured By Owner Sep 22, 2011  Student Digital Artist
Oh wow, it is impressive to see how you work. I love this new painting and it is really helpful to see how you did it. Thank you very much for your help and for doing this. Can you please tell me what kind of brush you use to make the grass so thin? Thank you once more, now I am very inspired and this will definitelyhelp me out. Thank you very much and great job!!!:hug:
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Misted-Dream Featured By Owner Sep 22, 2011  Professional Traditional Artist
Thanks! I'm really glad it inspires you. :D I use a #1 Script brush. It's nothing expensive; I got it as a part of a 6 piece brush set for about $12. Any Script brush will do, though. ;)
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Dauntless-Gothika Featured By Owner Sep 26, 2011  Student Digital Artist
Thank you very much for the info and I am very sorry for the late reply I ahve being very busy helping my boyfriend move that I barely had any time for myself this weekend. Thank you once more you have being very helpful :hug:
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Misted-Dream Featured By Owner Sep 26, 2011  Professional Traditional Artist
That's okay! I'm glad I could help. :aww:
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Dauntless-Gothika Featured By Owner Sep 27, 2011  Student Digital Artist
:hug:
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AmandaDrage Featured By Owner Sep 13, 2011
Making step-by-steps is fun isn't it? :D I always enjoy seeing them so thank you for making this! We maybe work similarly, although you're a bit neater than me... I slap the paint on quite liberally, probably not a good thing!
Love the close-up of the moose too - he looks pretty detailed to me ;)
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Misted-Dream Featured By Owner Sep 13, 2011  Professional Traditional Artist
Definitely! Especially when a painting turns out nice, it's fun to see how you got there. Yes, I actually thought that as well when I saw your WIPs of your large canvas. ;) But it seems to work effectively for us, so why not?
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hennap Featured By Owner Sep 13, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
So beautiful what you can create with oils. Rich in colors and details. Amazing:heart:
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Misted-Dream Featured By Owner Sep 13, 2011  Professional Traditional Artist
Thank you so much!
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hennap Featured By Owner Sep 13, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
You are most welcome:)
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DreamHorseStudios Featured By Owner Sep 13, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thank you for taking the time to put together this tutorial. It's always very interesting to see how other artists work with various mediums. I was particularly intrigued by the reflections along the water and I think you did an excellent job explaining how you achieved that effect. :hug:
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Misted-Dream Featured By Owner Sep 13, 2011  Professional Traditional Artist
You're very welcome! I'm glad it could help a little. I was hoping to be able to explain things in a clear way for everyone to understand, so it's nice to hear you think so.
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DreamHorseStudios Featured By Owner Sep 13, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
You've definitely inspired me to break out my oil paints and get started on a new piece. I haven't painted anything in two years (yikes!) and it's long, long overdue.
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Misted-Dream Featured By Owner Sep 13, 2011  Professional Traditional Artist
Awesome! You should show me when you're done. I love seeing what others do with oils--it's such a versatille medium. :)
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NitZuP Featured By Owner Sep 13, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
How can someone even paint like that?? I CAN'T BELIEVE IT!! You are SO talented! You're one of my favourite artists! :heart: I just love everything you draw or paint! :D
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Misted-Dream Featured By Owner Sep 13, 2011  Professional Traditional Artist
Wow, thank you so much for your wonderful comment! :hug: I am just honored that people like what I create, and that gives me more motivation to do even better.
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NitZuP Featured By Owner Sep 13, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
No problem! I really mean it! :huggle: And wonderful artists like you deserve some feedback! ^^
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LuxDani Featured By Owner Sep 12, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
You do some amazing work with oils. :heart:
Gorgeous full rich colours, and the details. The amount of detail in your work always blows me away.

I've always wanted to give oils a shot but I simply don't have the patience, I'm a quick painter so if the paint takes longer to dry than I would actually spend on the painting, I get very frustrated. Acrylics don't even seem to dry fast enough sometimes.
How long do oils usually take to dry?
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Misted-Dream Featured By Owner Sep 12, 2011  Professional Traditional Artist
Thank you so much! :hug:

Well, it depends on how thick you like your paint. I paint really thin, so I usually work on something a good chunk of the day and then let it dry overnight. By the next day it's usually dry enough for me to start working on it again. But there are some products you can buy for oils that help them dry quicker, though I don't use any of those.
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