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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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ClaireCherry Aug 5, 2013  Student Traditional 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? _
Misted-Dream 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.

ClaireCherry Aug 6, 2013  Student Traditional 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?
Misted-Dream 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.

ClaireCherry Aug 27, 2013  Student Traditional 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^^
Misted-Dream 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 (!).
GraphixShock 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
Misted-Dream Feb 5, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
Thank you! I'm glad it was helpful for you. :)
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! :)
Misted-Dream 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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