All About Oil Painting Techniques and Materials

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Oil painting techniques often intimidate many beginners and they end up thinking that oil painting is difficult. But really, oil is very forgiving and lends itself to many interesting effects. Oil paints were invented around the 15th century.

Traditional, fine art oil paints are made by combining pigments with linseed oil (extracted from flax seeds). Oil paints quickly replaced egg tempera as the most popular artistic medium in Europe, and this popularity continues today.

Its versatility, wide range of available colors, and the brilliance of the colors (compared to egg tempera) are some of the reasons for its appeal.

I love the buttery consistency of oil paints. Because it dries slowly, I can take my time, correct mistakes, and plan my next step before I move on.

There are many techniques in oil painting. Try several before deciding which approach best suits your purposes. Following are articles on oil techniques and materials:





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