Oil Painting for Beginners
In addition to being the author of The Simple Secret to Better Painting, Albert is a longtime contributor to The Artist’s Magazine, in which he offers advice to readers and artists about a variety of media from the Ask the Experts column. We’re pleased to share with you this free PDF of his Mediapedia: Oils article, which includes a special section on oil painting tips, must-have tools and info on the chemistry and safety of oil painting.
Beginner Oil Painting Techniques:
Learn what it means to paint alla prima, how to glaze and scumble, and get more oil painting tips for beginners.
Must-Have Tools When Learning How to Paint with Oil Paints:
There are two basic considerations when selecting oil painting brushes: the shape and the fibers. Understand the different options when you read this free article. Know what else you need to paint with oil: supports, a palette and an easel are just the start.
Oil Painting Chemistry and Safety:
The pigments used in oil paints are nearly the same as those in watercolors and acrylics. Oil paints come in two grades, student and professional, the primary difference being the concentration of pigment or, in some cases, the method of mixing pigment and binder. Don’t miss Albert’s guide to the chemistry and safety of oil painting for beginners.
Oil Painting Tips and FAQs:
What does “fat over lean” mean? What’s the difference between traditional oil paints and alkyd oils or water-miscible oils? Do you need to use a medium when you paint with oils? Get the answers to these questions on how to oil paint, and more!
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