5 Pro Tricks for the Beginning Oil Painter

With the right paints and these tips, you'll be a pro in no time!

Oil Painting can be quite tricky, especially for beginners. But with the right knowledge and the perfect paint, oil painting can be a breeze. 

Painted with SoHo Urban Artist Oil Colors

1. Find the right kind of paint for you. It should have a buttery consistency so that it can spread evenly, have a high number of pigments for brilliant color and if you're just starting out, go with something that fits your budget. We suggest SoHo Urban Artist Oil Colors, the affordable, soft oil paint with genuine oil colors. It's easy to spread and gives smooth full strokes with a brush but also works great on a palette knife. It uses pure linseed oil which extends drying time giving you more time to work and gives the painting a nice sheen. And right now, exclusively through Jerry's Artarama, you can buy 6 tubes of SoHo Urban Artist Oil Colors and get 1 tube free!

2. You can erase your work. If you feel like you've made a mistake or don't like the way a layer on your oil painting has come out, don't fret, you can wipe away that layer using alcohol. Rubbing alcohol is a powerful solvent that can easily clean away a layer of oil paint.

3. Don't dry your oil paint in the dark. This one might seem like a no brainer. How is it supposed to dry if there's no light? But, did you know that keeping an oil painting in the dark allows a thin layer of oil to rise to the surface from the paints and can "yellow" your painting. Exposing it to sunlight can reverse this.

4. Paint "Fat over Lean". This simply means that painting thick layers over thinner layers. This method can prevent cracking. When your upper layers of paint dry faster than thinner lower layers, cracking happens as the paint dries. Its best to start out painting in a wash for this reason.

5.Brush Strokes can make the difference. Brush strokes can do more than just put the paint on the canvas or panel. With strong brush strokes, you can emphasize certain areas of your painting or add texture to your work. The right brush strokes can bring a new dimension to your subject and become a real highlight to your work, so don't take your strokes for granted.


Soon, your Oil Paintings will look just like this one from Sylvia Stanton using SoHo Oils

Hopefully these tips will help you out as you begin a great journey of oil painting. And be sure to find everything you need from brushes to oil paints and mediums and canvases and panels at Jerry's Artarama!


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For a surface that will accommodate mixed media better than others, Ampersand's panels can handle any job! Ampersand Panels are perfect for everything from encaustic paints and collage to oil and water-miscable paints, inks, graphite, colored pencils, casesin and even egg tempera. You name it, Ampersand can take it. And right now, only at Jerry's Artarama online, you can find a wide selection of Ampersand Panels at an unprecedented 60% off while supplies last during our 60% Off Ampersand Panel Sale

Why Should You Really Use Ampersand Panels for your Art?

No other panel on the market today has the archival properties that protect artist's work like Ampersand. Their panels are protected by Archival-Seal barrier technology, an advanced formula that prevents discoloration and yellowing.

Are they good for the Environment?

Ampersand natural-wood panels do not harm the environment or the artists that use them. Each panel is made from hardwood from sustainable forests and are FSC certified forest products. That means they comply with the highest levels of environmental protection. They are also formaldehyde free and do not contain any material compounds that generate harmful gas emissions. 


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What do you really need to know before you try Ampersand?

Whenever you use any sort of unprimed wood panel, you should seal it first to prevent any discoloration later on. After you seal it, it should be coated with an oil or alkyd primer or acrylic dispersion ground. To mount paper or any sort of textiles, you should probably have a barrier seal between the fabric or paper and the bare wood panel. Seems like a lot of hard work to do before you start making your art. However, Ampersand Panels come pre-sealed, pH neutral and are completely ready to use. You can start your art immediately!


Great for Encaustics and Texturing

Which Panel is Right for Your Art?

  • Encausticbord- Perfect for the unique demands of encaustic painting and mixed media. It has a smooth, velvety surface that is not only heat resistant and highly absorbent and can hold tight layers of wax and collage that allows you to perform without the fear of it cracking or separating. 
  • Natural Wood Panels- Warp and moisture resistant, these panels are the high quality, modern version of the preferred substrate of the old masters. Strong panels can support heavy layers of paint, encaustic, and collage. 
  • Claybord- Made using 1/8" hardboard and an amazing kaolin clay ground formula, Ampersand's Claybord is sanded down to be extra smooth. Its perfect for work with paint or ink. A fun feature of this type of panel is that you can scratch into the claybord to add contrast and texture.
  • Gessobord- Ampersand's Gessobord is the most trusted pre-gessoed wood panel used by artists. It features a superior quality acrylic gesso ground that doesn't dull colors and the lightly sanded surface gives you excellent brush control.
  • Hardbord- A hardboard that accepts all kinds of commercial and handmade painting grounds. It has a high density fiber core for dimensional strength and long term sustainability. 
  • Value Series Artist Panels- Ultra smooth surface consists of multiple layers of acrylic gesso, ready for painting and creating in acrylic oil colors, alkyds, dry or mixed media and collage.
  • Aquabord-  Archival and acid free, this clay coated 1/8" hardboard panel provides a durable and forgiving surface that performs like fine paper, but has all of the advantages of hardboard. 

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"Aquabord" has truly revolutionized watercolor painting! Colors come out richer; darks are darker; and there is a consistency in quality that I have never found with watercolor paper. Watercolors can be varnished when the painting is completed, eliminating glass altogether- Steve Hanks


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A Proportioner is a Great Tool for Resizing Drawings


Resize Images Quickly and Accurately with No Math Involved!


With a new ingenious tool at their disposal, artists can now resize images the way that artists have struggled to do for centuries. In the past, correctly enlarging, reducing, and transferring images without ruining the proportions has been a nightmare. Artists have tried getting results from everything from grids to calipers, expensive cameras made for measuring and even lasers, however none of those tools offer the promise of getting and transferring the right proportions like the Acurit Proportioner!

The Acurit Proportioner is an innovative new tool that can correctly transfer proportions between drawings or between objects and drawings, and without any math involved. No rulers or real measuring involved. The Proportioner works by consisting of two moveable indicators on a scale. By rotating a knob, you can move the indicators to find the appropriate proportions. The proportioner can be easily set to any proportion ratio!



The Acurit Proportioner can:

  • Quickly resize images with the right proportions
  • Great for working in the field
  • Does the work for you- stores the proportions you set with no math required
  • Perfect for drawing from reference photos or from real life!

How to Use the Proportioner:


Use in the Field

Proportioners are much more accurate than grids or compasses when finding the right proportions. From there, resizing images is easy, quick and precise. And the proportioner is great for field work too. Plein Aire artists can greatly benefit from using the Acurit Proportioner by taking it into the field and drawing and creating artwork from real life. The best part about it is it requires no electricity or math to measure out the proportions. It' so simple to use and artists are guaranteed to get perfect proportions every time.


School and Workshop Use

Art teachers and instructors should buy these for classes and art students. Remove the guesswork, freehand drawing, and use of clunky equipment: ensure all your artwork proportions are exactly to scale with the new Acurit Proportioner! The Acurit Proportioner can be easily set to any proportion ratio by rotating the knob (without depressing) until the reference indicators line up with two fixed points — say, the eyes in a portrait image

What tools do you use to measure out your drawings?

Have you tried using the innovative Proportioner? If you have, tell us about how it's changed your drawing experience!

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