Oil Paint

Oil paint is a traditional medium with a long history in the art world. Professionals and amateurs love it for its wide range of colours, from rich and velvety dark shades to brilliant brights and every subtle variation in between. It also can be used to createa wide variety of effects, from translucent films (glazes) to thick and creamy impastos and lends itself well to most techniques, from bold strokes to the finest detail work.

Instructions:

Oil paint is made up of powder pigments ground in oil to create a rich homogenous paste. The finer and more carefully the pigments are ground, the easier the paint will be to work with and the better coverage it will give. The size of the pigment particles plays an important role in the quality of a paint, and is one of the elements that makes
the distinction between fine and extra-fine paints. The golden rule of oil painting is to always paint fat on lean. Each coat needs to contain a higher percentage of oil than the one underneath it. Solvent thins paint, making it lean, while oil makes it fatter. If you ignore this rule, you may see your work crack or dry with an orange-peel finish.
Let your work dry fully in appropriate conditions. Use the right kind of varnish.
 
Paint quality
Like all other paints, oil paints are available in fine and extra-fine ranges. Fine paints are less expensive than extra-fine ones. Manufacturers are producing more colours, including metallic and modern pigments, which are very stable and gradually replacing colours that tend to fade.
 
Surfaces
Oil paints cannot be used the same way as acrylics. The binders that are used in oil paints give them exceptionally fine and durable finishes, but they must be used in limited ways. Oil paint is best suited when applied on canvases made of cotton or
linen. If you purchase a raw canvas, you may want to prime it with gesso to ensure better paint adherence. The surface must provide a good balance between flexibility and rigidity, as well as between absorption and water-resistance for the paint to adhere. That’s why oil paint isn’t a good choice for painting three dimensional objects.
 
Important notices
You can paint with oil on cloth, but it’s not recommended on leather. It’s also not
recommended for use outdoors, because the paint film isn’t solid enough to hold up to certain weather conditions.

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Oil Paint

Winsor Newton Artists' Oilbars

WNOB

Available in 50 Colours

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Oil Paint

Van Gogh oil

TVF

Available in 72 Colours and 2 Sizes

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Oil Paint

DeSerres Fine Oil Paint

DHF

Available in 40 Colours

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Winton Oil

WWF

Available in 53 Colours and 2 Sizes

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Oil Paint

Artists' Oil Paint

WAHXF

Available in 114 Colours and 2 Sizes

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Rembrandt Extra-Fine Oil Paint

TRXF

Available in 68 Colours

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Oil Paint

Artisan oil

WH2O

Available in 40 Colours

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Oil Paint

M. Graham Oil Colours

HGRAHAM

Available in 50 Colours and 2 Sizes

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