Oil painting can be very expensive. As a beginner you can start using already prepared canvas boards which are relatively cheap. Oil paints (artist quality) are expensive especially if you are using cadium colors. Then you need linseed oil and artist turpentine for creating a medium and then you still need turps for cleaning brushes etc. A student oil painting box can give you a good start. I suggest that if you have an hour or two to spare, go to an art supply shop and browse. You would get a fair idea of the cost to start painting in oils.
If you want to prepare your own canvases there are additional expenses such as stretchers, staple guns, canvas primers, glue etc, You can purchase already primed canvas (cotton or linen-different grades) but as I said check our an art supply store. Hope this helps
I am a practicing artist- oil painter.
· 9 years ago