Oil painting is one of the most popular kinds of painting. Oil paints have been used for a very long time and remain to be the medium of choice for many painters due their ease of use and versatility.
Keeping that in mind, we have brought to you some of the most important things you should remember when making art with oil paints.
1. Get the Right Grip
Often ignored, this is one of the most basic and crucial steps to mastering the art of oil painting. If you don’t master the grip of your brush, you can’t paint as well as may be possible. The actual grip you choose will be dependent on what you are comfortable with, but you should try to hold the brush as far away from the tip as possible. This gives you the freedom to use your whole arm for the painting rather than limiting you to only the wrist.
2. The Brush has Two Sides
Many people who are new to painting don’t realize that they can use their flat brushes’ sides as well to get sharper lines where needed. It’s important to keep this tip in mind when you need to make fine lines or adjustments in your paintings.
3. Pressure is Key
In oil painting, the pressure you put on the brush plays a very important role in how your painting comes out. If you put too much pressure on your brush, the paint spreads to the sides of the brush and makes thick edges. If the pressure is too light, the strokes will come out broken and uneven. Be sure to use varying degrees of pressure to get the exact look that you want.
4. Keep the Colors Clean
Painters often use brushes that already have a color applied to them to pick up a new color and start painting with it. This affects the integrity of the new color and also causes problems when you use the same color somewhere else and find out that the older one looks different because a second color was mixed with it. It’s therefore vital that you use clean brushes for new colors if you want accuracy and consistency.
5. Use the Palette Knife
The palette knife can come in handy when trying to get a lot of texture in your painting. Many people use just their palette knives to make ‘knife paintings’ because this tool gives a unique look to the paintings with its thick and uneven strokes.
There are many little things you should always keep in mind when using oil paints. It’s a great medium as it is versatile and forgiving when you make a mistake. People can achieve great things with oil paints, so be sure to follow these tips and tricks to get the most out of the medium.