Anonymous asked in Arts & HumanitiesVisual ArtsPainting · 8 years ago

What do I need to oil paint?

Where can I buy oil paint supplies at the cheapest prices? What do I have to have?

5 Answers

  • 8 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. You can mix all the other colors from just those four colors.

    - Buy "artist grade" oil paints, if possible.

    - Just a note about the "water miscible" (mixable) oil paints that thin and cleanup with water while still wet: My personal experience is that they don't cover well and have a "drag" or "dryness" to them when pulling paint on a canvas, but I've seen them very successfully used.


    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).

    Reference: (Good prices and service.)

    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. During a painting session, keep jars covered between use.


    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.)


    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.


    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.

    7. EASEL: Anything with which you can prop up your support (canvas) so that it is at comfortable angle and height including a three ring notebook.


    8. CLEANUP: Paper towels (i.e., Viva) or rags to clean your brush as you paint and change colors or when you finish painting. (Dispose of in an airtight fireproof container. Yes, they are flammable.) Brushes cleanup with OMS and brush soap and water. Dried paint may or may not cleanup. Start out with "The Masters" Brush Cleaner and Preserve.


    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. Your local library should have several books on beginning oil painting and ideas that might spark your imagination, ask at the reference desk.

    You are embarking on an exciting adventure. Best of luck.

    Artist and Designer, U.S.

  • david
    Lv 7
    8 years ago

    Start with a budget as such and plan a series of colours.

    There are such a range as with Sennelier Etude range. they are somewhat thinner than their regular tubes of paint. Most are around 37 ml size and some are 200ml tubes which last forever.

    Some colours are very expensive according to the rarity of the pigments employed.

    There is another option that you can buy paint in powder form and mix with linseed oils but that is somewhat professional. Also oil pastels etc.

    So much is out there try the web for art stores in USA. good luck.

  • Anonymous
    6 years ago

    you can type into google and will find, you will find lots of paintings and just please choose what is your favorit.

  • 8 years ago

    there are a lot of supplies , qualities , colors , sizes ...

    if you don't want to spend much , buy a set of student grade oil paint and few synthetic brushes and canvas boards and some linseed oil and a palette knife to mix colors

    .always buy best quality if afford because artist grade quality is more fun to use and easier , paintings look ugly if its painted with student grade paint and they will make you disappointed .

    you will need :

    1. paint




    5.solvents (to clean your brushes and to make the paint less viscous)



    buy 37 ml tubes , I suggest these colors :

    1.napthol red (warm red)

    2.azo yellow (cool yellow)

    3.ultramarine blue (cool blue)

    4.zinc white

    5.ivory black

    and you can mix them to make other colors , I know they are expensive but they last long and they work very well .

    if you don't like to choose colors , buy a set of oil paint (such as winsor and newton's oil set)


    2.brushes :

    buy a round brush size 14 and a round size 4 , a big flat like house painting brush and some other flat brushes : size 12 .

    a bright(bright is a shape) brush size 10


    3.canvas :…

    buy any size you like , I suggest 11 by 14.


    4.palette :

    don't buy plastic palettes ,,…

    if you don't want to buy , use a normal dish .




    accessories : you also need a palette knife to mix colors on your palette (buy any shape you want ) also a container to put the turpentine (don't use plastic container for turpentine !!!!!!!!!!!!!) in it and also pick up a book or two for beginners , so you will learn techniques in oil painting .

    buy here: if you live in UK.

    you need turpentine to clean your brushes , and buy some linseed oil and mix it with the paint to make it less viscous .

    happy painting !

    happy painting !

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  • 8 years ago

    There are many different types of paints you can use text me at 1 (806) 340-5340 to discuss which ones are best

    Source(s): Paint worker
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