Get your supplies ready before you start painting. Good supplies don't make a good artist, but they sure make painting easier and more fun.
Select your paint, the colors, the surface you will paint on, the brushes you will use and items for cleanup.
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Winsor (a chemist) partnered with Newton, (an artist) to produce high quality paints that are chemically sound and beautiful, as well.
They are easy to use right out of the tube. They do not require the addition of any other mediums or thinners.
They have the highest pigment load of all the student paints.
Student paints contain less pigment than the artists' paints, so they are less expensive.
They certainly are good for student learning and practice.
Oil paint pigments are combined with linseed oil. They take a long time to dry and they dry at various speeds, depending on the colors and the weather.
Alkyd colors all dry at the same rate with a
lovely soft sheen. They dry completely over night or within 24 hours maximum.
look like and handle just like oil paints. Alkyd paints may be used for underpainting or for an entire
Griffin Alkyds by Winsor & Newton have been my "oil painting supplies" since the 1980s, instead of the traditional slow drying oil paints.
You may want to start with a set of Gamblin Fastmatte Alkyd Oil Colors.
Gamblin is an American paint company noted for their environmentally friendly products.
Their set of fast drying alkyd paint includes seven selected colors, plus white.
A good place to start choosing colors is with the three primary colors; red, yellow and blue.
A warm and cool version of the three primary colors will give you mixing capabilities for any color you want in your paintings.
You will also need to add a large tube of white to your oil painting art supplies.
Paintings done with either canvas or hardboard panels will last for years. You can hand them down to your children and grandchildren.
Stretched canvas has a wonderful give and feel when you are painting on it.
Canvases come primed with gesso and ready for painting.
Gallery-wrap canvases are popular.
You paint the edges of the canvas that wrap around the stretcher bars. Then the painting may be displayed without a frame.
Canvas panels are inexpensive and good for practice and student work.
The panels may warp after a period of time.
Paper may be used for sketches and student work. Use a heavy paper like watercolor paper and prime with gesso to keep the paint from soaking into the paper.
You may use a brush cleaner after painting to clean and preserve your brushes.
Turpentine is the traditional solvent used for oil painting. However modern artist use odorless turpentine or mineral spirits.
Gamsol odorless mineral spirits is considered safest for in the studio.
Good light and ventilation in your painting area
These oil painting supplies have produced a lot of good paintings for artists over the years.