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? ×_×
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.
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?
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.
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^^
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.
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.
we painted today in class. it was pretty hard at first, at least oil painting is so forgiving, lol.
Love the close-up of the moose too - he looks pretty detailed to me
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?
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.