Oil paints have always been a little bit scary to me. They are just different than other colors. You can't just clean your brushes with water. You can't mix the color with water. I simply never tried to paint with them.
But about six months ago I discovered Emily Jeffords. She paints amazing landscapes with oil. I could look at them for hours. So I decided to give oil paints a try and bought some basic supplies.
- 4 different colors of oil paint. I bought the three basic colors and white. I should have bought black as well.
- a brush for oil paint
- a brush cleaner
- a charcoal to sketch out the landscape
- three canvas boards
- a piece of wood for mixing together the paint
I didn't bought an oil medium and this was totally a mistake. I didn't expect the paint to be so thick. Without the oil medium it was a little bit tricky to paint. So if you consider to give oil painting a try, get an oil medium!
Oil paint takes extremely long to dry. This means you don't have to paint fast (like with acrylics). You can blend the colors together for a long time but you also have to wait long before you could add a second layer. But there are supplies you can buy to fasten the drying process.
And now I am totally interested in learning more about oil painting. I want to get more (and better) paint colors, buy supplies like primer for the canvas and oil medius to make the paint thinner and reduce the drying time. It really is a special medium to work with.
In the year I'm 27 I want to create 27 handmade items I've never done before. I want to experience new material and try new techniques. You can follow my progress here and read more about how this project came together here.