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Oil Painting Techniques

Oils have been a favorite of painters since their introduction during the Renaissance. Here you'll find helpful tips, essential techniques, and step-by-step demonstrations on using oil paints.
  1. Oil Painting Q&A (29)
  2. Oil Painting Tips
  3. Water Soluble Oil Paint (10)
  4. Supplies for Oil Painting (7)
  5. Oil Pastels (3)

Top 7 Tips for Painting Glazes
Tips for artists on painting glazes, whether you’re using oil paints, acrylics, or watercolor.

Painting Glazes in Oils or Acrylics
Answers to frequently asked questions on painting glazes with oils or acrylics, with links to how-to demos.

Oil Painting Techniques -- Fat Over Lean
What is meant by the 'fat over lean' oil painting technique and why it's one of the basic rules of oil painting.

Oil Painting Techniques -- The Properties of Solvents and Resins
A look at the properties of the various solvents and resins used in oil painting.

Oil Painting Techniques -- The Properties of Drying Oils
A look at the properties of the various drying oils used in oil painting.

10 Tips for Oil Painters
Oil paints are extremely versatile. They can be used thickly in impasto or extremely thinly in glazes; they can be opaque or transparent. Here are 10 tips to help you get professional results.

How To Stretch Your Own Canvas
Stretching your own canvas is easier than you may think, and can cheaper than buying ready-made canvases, and certainly means you get just the size canvas you're after.

How Oil Paint Dries
Find out how oil paint dries, how the drying of oil paint happens. It's not through evaporation, but oxidation.

Painting Glazes: An Artist Reveals His Glazing Secrets
An experienced oil painter reveals the simple secrets behind his success with glazing, a technique which produces gorgeous, rich colors in a painting.

Oil Painting Quiz
Test how much you know about oil paints with this short, 10-question quiz.

Oil Painting Techniques --How to Prime a Canvas for Oils
When you've stretched a canvas, the next step is to prime it so you can paint on it. With a ready-made gesso suitable for both acrylic and oil painting, this is easy.

Painting Techniques: Scumbling
Find out what scumbling in a painting is, and how to do is.

How To Varnish an Oil Painting
Applying varnish to your painting will protect your hard work from pollution in the atmosphere and dust. Here's how to do it with any hiccups.

Painting Quiz: Should You Use Oils or Acrylics?
Find out whether you're more suited to using oil paints or acrylics with this quick quiz.

Which is Better: Oils or Acrylics?
Can't decide whether you'd be better off using oil paints or acrylics? Here are some arguments for and against both from fellow artists.

How to Paint Monotypes with Oil Paint Sticks
Oil paint sticks are a convenient form to use oil paint for making monotypes. You create the image directly with them, laying down color and texture, blending and mixing colors, then place a piece of paper on top to print the monotype.

Oiling Out to Even the Gloss or Shine on a Painting
Find out how to get a consistent shine across a painting using a technique called oiling out.

Heat-Set Oil Paints
Heard about the oil paints that you set with a hairdryer? The manufacturer's website tells you all about these oils.

Painting Water in Oil Paints
A step-by-step oil painting demonstration on how to use glazing, or thin layers of colour, to paint rocks under water.

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