I just bought some oil paints from michaels (the brand is artists loft) and I need some beginner instructions.?

I am going to buy linseed oil right now. So once I have it do I just mix it in with the paint and how much should I mix in? Do I need a special canvas or do I have to prepare the canvas in any way or can I just start painting? Any other tips are appreciated! :)


Can I use regular canvas? And what if I didn't mix any solvents with the oil paint? What would happen when I use it?

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  • 7 years ago
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    1. PAINTS: As a minimum, you need red (Alizarin Crimson), yellow (Cadmium Yellow Medium), blue (Ultramarine) and white (Titanium White) oil paint to start out with. You can mix all the other colors from just those four colors.

    However, you'll quickly discover adding Burnt Umber, Burnt Sienna, and Ivory Black will help.

    - Colors mix or blend easily and the paints are wonderfully buttery. Next time buy "artist grade" oil paints, if possible.

    - Oil paints dry slowly and are workable for a day or more. They dry to the touch in about seven (7) to ten (10) days.

    - As a beginner, expect to throw away your paints after your session; they don't keep well on a palette. However, refrigerating them, and better yet, freezing them on the palette will extend their life.

    - Wear an (artist's) apron to protect your clothes.

    - Use disposable (nitrile from Costco works well) gloves to protect your hands, as needed.

    - You may want to varnish your painting, but it must dry for 6 months to 1 year before varnish can be applied.




    2. BRUSHES: Nos. 2 and 4 Brights (Short Flats) and No. 12 Flat Bristle brushes; No. 12 Pointed Round Sable Brush (for lines and details). For a beginner, you can start with the more inexpensive synthetic bristle.

    Reference: http://www.dickblick.com/productinfo/learn/brushes

    3. MEDIUM: Linseed oil (and/or the faster drying Galkyd or Liquin). Mediums extend the concentrated pigments of tube paint. Mediums sometimes can be diluted further with OMS, but you need to read the manufacturer's recommendations as to percentages. Use linseed oil sparingly, or else your drying time will be extended. I sometimes use a medium of 1/2 linseed oil and 1/2 Gamsol.

    Reference: http://www.gamblincolors.com/mediums/index.html

    4. SOLVENT: OMS (Odorless Mineral Spirits). OMS is used to thin paints, thin mediums, and clean brushes. Turpenoid, Gamsol, and artist-grade White Spirits are examples of OMS. Keep a little OMS in an airtight glass jar with a metal screw cap (baby food jar) in which you'll clean your brushes. Follow manufacturer's instructions for use and disposal. (OMS is *NOT* odorless turpentine. Avoid turpentine.)

    Reference: http://www.gamblincolors.com/solvents/index.html

    5. PALETTE: You need a palette on which to put your paints. It can be a throwaway plastic picnic plate, a piece of cardboard or foam core board covered with freezer paper, or a disposable paper palette pad.

    Reference: http://www.cheapjoes.com/art-supply/SM365-12_33798...

    6. SUPPORT: Canvas panels, stretched canvas, or a canvas pad. "Support" is the fancy term for stretched canvas, or anything else on which you fine art paint. Supports should be primed with gesso. Supports from art and craft supply stores are usually pre-primed with white acrylic gesso and suitable for both oil and acrylic paints; they will be labeled as gessoed. You'll find that you'll have to re-gesso some of the cheaper canvases.

    7. EASEL: Anything with which you can prop up your support (canvas) so that it is at comfortable angle and height. I've used everything from an empty three ring notebook to a French plein air easel.

    Reference: http://www.daler-rowney.com/content/table-0

    8. CLEANUP: Paper towels (e.g., Viva) or rags to clean your brush as you paint and change colors or when you finish painting. (Dispose of properly; they can be flammable.) Brushes cleanup with OMS and brush soap and water. Dried paint may or may not cleanup. I first wash my brushes with Dawn liquid dish detergent and then with "The Masters" Brush Cleaner and Preserver. I've also used the less costly Murphy Oil Soap to clean my brushes.

    Reference: http://www.dickblick.com/products/the-masters-brus...

    9. VENTILATION: Paints and mediums may have an odor. (I like the smell of oil paints.) The odorless fumes of OMS can make one ill. Make sure the room in which you work is well ventilated with fresh air!

    10. IMAGINATION: If it is at all possible, take an oil painting class. Also, your local library should have several books on beginning oil painting and ideas that might spark your imagination, ask at the reference desk.

    The learning curve might be steep, but worth it! Best of luck.

    Artist and Designer, U.S.

    Source(s): Look for oil painting tutorials and other art info at these sites. Don't get overwhelmed; just select one easy tutorial and paint: 1. Empty Easel http://emptyeasel.com 2. Creative Spotlite http://www.creativespotlite.com 3. American Artist Magazine http://www.artistdaily.com 4. Art Instruction Blog http://www.artinstructionblog.com 5. Artshow http://www.artshow.com/resources/painting.html 6. About.com (Lots of info.) http://painting.about.com/od/oilpainting/Oil_Paint... 7. Drawspace http://www.drawspace.com/lessons 8. Color Wheel http://www.tigercolor.com/color-lab/color-theory/c... 9. WetCanvas (Lots of info.) http://www.wetcanvas.com 10. Ideas for Low Fee and No Fee Classes http://answers.yahoo.com/question/index;_ylt=AmrZU...
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    5 years ago

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    I just bought some oil paints from michaels (the brand is artists loft) and I need some beginner instructions.?

    I am going to buy linseed oil right now. So once I have it do I just mix it in with the paint and how much should I mix in? Do I need a special canvas or do I have to prepare the canvas in any way or can I just start painting? Any other tips are appreciated! :)

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    4 years ago

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    It doesn't matter when you are wanting to try out oil paint to experiment for the first time. At that price you can be assured that the paint is low quality but adequate for getting a taste of oil paint. Just keep in mind that these are low grade. Just for reference, good quality oil paint has a stronger tinting strength, which means there is more of the powder that gives the paint its color (pigment) so when mixed with other colors, especially white, it will impact the mixture with greater strength. That alone is the most significant difference worth mentioning to anyone that has no experience at all with oil paint. There are other benefits of quality materials but to mention them now would serve no purpose because you have no place to sort them out at this stage. Just buy this Artist's Loft set and get a feel for oil paint.

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  • 4 years ago

    That brand I think is Michale's brand. They are student grade. Personally I would buy artist quality brand because they have more pigment. Which means that if you buy student brand you will have to use more of it and then in the long run still spend more. A good average quality for the price brand are georgian paints. They are my favorite after gamblin paints. And if you hurry until tomorrow they have them 30% off at hobby lobby.

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  • 7 years ago

    Buy ready gesso primed canvas and yes mis linseed oil with the paint, more to paint thin(like Old Masters) or less oil for impasto look. Trial and error is your big teacher...

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  • 3 years ago

    Michaels Easel

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  • 7 years ago

    Amazing! Here you buy art supplies and haven't the least idea about what to do with them. You would think the smallest amount of very basic research would be required.

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