Monday, May 11th, 2009 | Author:

oilpalm2One of the most fascinating types of paintings is Oil painting. Several artists have made a name for themselves in this form of art. Oil painting is in existence since ancient times. First originated in caves, oil paintings were initially a mix of materials like animal fats, soot and earth. These elements were used to mix together to make oil paints and using the paint, paintings were created. The examples of such paintings can be seen at many caves found in far corners of the world.


Oil paints gradually evolved. From soot and earth elements the prime source of paints were changed to linseed and nuts. Oil taken from these was mixed with pigments and the resulting bright oily colors were used to make fascinating paintings. Many artists dream of mastering oil paintings. It’s a specialized art that needs practice, perseverance and finesse. The best part is one can get the color off the painting if some error has been made. This article is focused on requirements for oil paintings. Hope, it will be very useful for aspiring artists.


There are few essential requirements for your endeavor. First and foremost, a quality apron while you plan to start the work. Other initially needed things would be palette knife, easel and solvent. Knife will be instrumental in moving oil to the canvas whereas easel is essential for obvious reasons. Easel comes in many types and depending upon your comfort and convenience you can chose any one of them. White sprit or distilled turpentine can be used as solvent and dippers or old jam jars can be used as painting mediums.


Other basic requirements are canvas, fine hog brushes, palette and charcoal. Brushes can be of medium size or small ones. You can choose stretched canvas or canvas boards if you intend to sketch outside. Charcoal will be very crucial for outlining the subject matter. Once all these things are assembled, you are all set for creating your oil painting masterpiece.  


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