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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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