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!

Comments (6) -

Tina Stoffel

I agree with everything strongly with this blog and would advise the Soho paints for beginners. I used them and they worked wonderfully. Also, a paint eraser works well for mistakes in oil painting that haven't dried. The one thing I would recommend for a beginner is to understand and imply the Fat over lean rule which is the amount of solvent to oil ratio. Lean is more solvent, Fat is more oil. I discuss this on my blog, http://drawing2canvas.blogspot.com/. For anyone who wants more information.

brett rossi

Is it cool if I tweet about this posting?

Tina Stoffel

Is it cool if I tweet about this posting?

Brett, you can tweet my blog. I'm not a Jerry's Artarama authority, but I'm sure they won't mind. It's pubicity for them and SOHO>

Antonia Coval

Wonderful facts Thanks."

Johnie Angocicco

Quite beneficial, look forwards to coming back

Lyndon Gagnon

Quite beneficial, look forwards to coming back

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