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Trying Oil Paints for the First Time!!

This is something I’ve always wanted to do
but found so daunting. Oils just seem- to me at least- like such a
‘grown-up’ medium, almost inaccessible if you don’t have proper training or fine-art
experience. There are solvents and mediums and spontaneously-combusting
oil-soaked rags…. But I’ve been doing my research and I’m hoping
to demystify that notion of inaccessibility, share my baby steps with you guys into this
medium, and hopefully, if it’s something you’ve been considering trying for yourselves, we
can share in this together so it seems a little bit less out of reach. It goes without saying, I’m not an expert,
I don’t think this video will answer all your questions, it might give you more questions. And I would like to open the floor to my commenters,
my oil-painting friends, anyone with more experience, any tips, any knowledge. If you can share that in the comments, I think
we would all very much appreciate it. To start with, as I said, I’ve been doing
my research bot on youtube and on Skillshare. There was a class in particular that I liked
called Guide to Non-Toxic Oil Painting Methods by Adele McFarlane Wile but really any ‘Introduction
to Oil Painting’- type classes I found really helpful, it’s nice to get a broad perspective
on peoples different approaches and kind of pick and choose the bits that made the most
sense to me. This isn’t sponsored but you guys know that
Skillshare has been really valuable for me in the last few years since I’ve been using
it. I’ve been very grateful, it still is that
place where, if I’m trying to figure something out right from the beginning and I want an
in-depth look at something, Skillshare is the place that I still go-to for that. I will still have 2-months off I think, 2
months of free membership, I’ll have a link for that below if you are interested. But otherwise, YouTube is still a fantastic
resource and I think you can find a lot of what you would need to find on there- for
free. In particular for me on YouTube, I was watching
a lot of videos by Lena Danya who I’ve been watching pretty much since the beginning of
my time watching videos on YouTube. I love her artwork, her personality. And she has a series of ‘Oil painting for
beginners’ type videos that really should cover everything that….everything that I
had questions about anyway. Also looked at a guy called Florent Farges. He has these more in-depth, technical videos. Things like blending… he also offers a course
on his website- a 5-hour video tutorial type thing that really goes in-depth with oil painting
and I think that potentially could be a good next step for me if I really do decide to
dig my heels in but for now I think I’ve gathered enough information to get me started at least. It’s important to not fall into that trap
of trying to answer every single question before you even get started. It’s easy to wanna have everything figured
out before doing it so you don’t get anything wrong but really, you have to try, to make
mistakes, to find out what you need to be doing more research on. Also watched oil painting channels that I
love to see their process in action; Happy D, John Larriva, Alpay Efe, Maria Solias who
is a more recent find for me but I absolutely love her work. And with that, it was time to buy my materials. Not gonna lie, it was expensive. I decided to stick with Gamblin products,
after a bit of research, I like their ethics, I like that they’ve a real focus on quality
and safety for the artist and the environment. There is a lot of concern about the toxicity
of oils and I will leave a link to the Gamblin article below. They have an article talking about the pigments
they use, but essentially, the pigments they use and how they use them are relatively harmless,
if you use them properly. My only other concern with all this was waste
and disposal, but we’ll get to that all later on in the video. So Gamblin paints, Gamsol, Galkyd, – and that
could be all you need. Also got Gamvar, varnish brush, already had
pallet knives, mixing surface, and rather than get one of those cleaning jars with the
coil- which is there to work the paint out of your brush and keep sediment at the bottom,
I DIYed my own version with this £2 mesh from Amazon. Really don’t know about what it’ll do to the
life expectancy of my brushes, it does look quite abrasive. But at this point, I’d spent so much money,
I was just trying to cut costs wherever I could. I got all of this stuff from Jackson’s and
Amazon and I will leave links below to everything. One thing is that Jackson’s only ship most
of this stuff by road so it might help to go for the Amazon links if you’re outside
of the UK. Total outlay was £217.50. And £130.37 of that was on the paints alone. You could find cheaper, you could find cheaper. I think you would still wanna look for something
that’s high quality, but you could do some research into finding that high quality and
high-quality pigments being used. So without the paint, I think I spent about
£87.13 on the extra stuff like mediums and solvents which brought us to £217.50 altogether. It is an investment. It’s a lot of money. But I’ve been thinking about doing this for
a long time and I do think that a little bit goes a long way with oils and I think it will
pay for itself in the long run. I’ve got my dungarees on. I got gesso on my nice jumpsuit yesterday
so I’m not taking any chances today. I’ve primed this MDF board with gesso and
sanded it. That’ll stop the oil seeping into the surface. And I’ve set up my workspace next to me. We have a jar here with my solvent in. I’m keeping the jar closed while I’m not using
it, because fumes, and it’ll last longer that way- not evaporating out into the atmosphere. I have a few scraps of fabric to wipe my paint
off on. These brushes that were sent to me by Mozart,
I think they’re meant for watercolours, I might need something stiffer but we’ll see. I’ve put a blob of Alkyd resin here *shrugs*
I might use it when I’ve mixed my colours? So….From what I can tell- and clearly, I’ve
got no idea- but it looks like solvents are used almost like you use water with watercolours. You can clean your brush, you can also thin
out the paint and reduce opacity. Then mediums have a whole host of uses depending
on which one you go for- from speeding up the paint drying time, adding texture to your
painting, thickening up the pain, thinning down the paint, giving it a glossy finish… I don’t know! The medium I got is Galkyd, I think this is
meant to smooth the paint a bit, make it easier to apply. I also think it helps with drying time. And also because this is the one that Lena
uses. I also need to find a reference. I am putting off doing the actual painting
now. I’m quite nervous. I think I’m gonna spend some time mixing up
my colours just to give myself a low-pressure way to familiarise myself with the paint and
its consistency. Now I’m going to add some Galkyd to each of
these, to see what that does to the flow. Well, that definitely helped to smooth the
paint, make it a lot more liquidy, and a bit more buttery I think. Now I’m trying to figure out if I wanna start
with a wash. Some people do, some people don’t. The people that do say that- obviously it
takes away that blaring bright white of a blank canvas, will help with establishing
values. Also, I think it might help things glide on
a bit smoother. -But I think I am gonna start without it. I don’t think there’s any one specific way
to approach an oil painting. I’m going full alla prima today- which means,
I’m not going to be waiting for layers to dry, just gonna do it all in one sitting. I’ve heard of the fat over lean rule, when
it comes to layering. Which essentially means that you’re making
sure that you’re putting your thinner underneath and then building up your thickness. I don’t think that’s going to come into play
today. I’m hoping to just pile on the paint and see
what happens. Could be famous last words. Some people start with the darkest values,
some people start with the most vibrant colours, so they don’t get muddied along the way. I’m going to start with the darker values
just because, that’s what I tend to do with my gouache paintings and the plan is to just
go for this in the same way. I decided I wanted to really focus, so the
painting and talking at the same time had to stop. Plus the rain sounds were getting heavier,
I was desperate to put some headphones on and just zone in on the painting because I
was finding the process so far to be quite the adjustment from what I’m used to with
paint. One of oils strengths is being able to blend
it so smoothly, and I was really in awe of how that was going, even from the beginning. But a downside to that was that I was struggling
to maintain hard edges, and when I tried to go back and fix certain areas, everything
was getting mushed into one thing. Unlike with gouache, when the marks I’ve made
usually dry within a minute or so and I can just pile fresh paint on top to cover my sins,
in this case, the sins remained and just merged with the fresh paint, and that’s something
I really had to get used to. One thing I really liked was the effect that
Galkyd had on the paints. I found myself, quite naturally just dipping
into it here and there when the paint was feeling too sticky, and it had this wonderful
effect of just making it glide over the canvas, lovely and juicy. I also only washed my brush in the Gamsol
once or twice, opting to just wipe it off on the rag between colours, which is something
I do quite a lot with gouache and watercolour paintings anyway. Speaking of which… Another thing that was putting me off from
using oil paints was the thought of having a more complicated clean-up than my usual,
easy watercolour or gouache or even acrylic methods. You can’t pour this stuff down the sink. And there is a risk, when these rags are bunched
up, that they will spontaneously combust. That’s scary. And there was a lot of mixed info on what
to do about that. This is where I don’t want you to take my
word for gospel, do your own research and please if anyone can help in the comments,
let us know. Regarding my solvents, once I’ve cleaned off
my brush as much as I can in here, I think I can rinse it out under a tap maybe with
some paintbrush soap, that shouldn’t be a high enough amount of toxins into the water
system to be an issue. As for this jar, I’ll keep it shut, the sediment
should eventually sink to the bottom, and I’ll be able to keep using it over and over. So I’ll have a few of these going at once,
new clean fresh ones while the others settle. You can pour out the clean solvent to a new
container once the dirt has settled, and you can wipe out the mush that’s left. My palette, if it has enough paint left on
it, I’ll cover and keep using it, if not, I’ll scrape it off and wipe down with my rag
and some solvent. Then all that’s left is the rag itself. It’s not as scary or complicated as it seems. Basically, oil products oxidise as they dry
which causes heat, if you’ve got a lot of oily rags all bunched up together, that can
produce enough heat to start a fire. People put these in metal jars or buckets
of water then wait to take them to special waste disposal places. Some people have those fire-resistant bins
you can chuck them in, again just waiting til you can dispose of them safely and properly. You can also -I believe- lay them out flat
and wait for them to dry completely on a non-combustible surface. Which I think is what I’ll do- I’ll just make
sure it’s nowhere near anywhere Thierry can get to (speaking of which, he’s not in here,
I’ve got the door shut, but I do have the window open so I’m well ventilated and he
won’t be affected by any fumes.) And then I looked on my local councils website
and they collect oil and oil soaked items at my local recycling centre so once I have
enough of these to warrant a journey over there, I’ll do that. It’s a bit more effort than usual just because
it’s not just putting something down the drain or in the bin. But it’s also- like I’m not going to the recycling
centre every time I do a painting. I can have these in a closed tin of water
or drying somewhere until I’m ready to dispose of them properly. I’d love to know what you guys do if you have
oil experience. All in all, I really enjoyed this first attempt
with oil paints. I finished off just aching to give it another
try. What I would do differently would be to work
more sculpturally, in broader strokes, carving out the painting, rather than blending small
areas at a time. But I can’t wait to do it again. The thing that stands out to me with the finished
piece is the boldness and almost glow of the colours, it’s unlike anything I’ve painted
with before. And that’s it. Thank you so much for joining me for yet another
adventure into something new. I would love to know if any of you guys have
wanted to try oil paints, if you think you will. And to my experienced oil painters, what advice
could you give to us beginners? Looking forward to hearing from you, thanks
so much for watching and I’ll see you in the next one. Bye!

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100 thoughts on “Trying Oil Paints for the First Time!!

  1. A good way to cut costs but still get quality I'd recommend is to see if dickblick. Com (Blick art materials) ships to where you live! I usually buy the gamblin 1980 run of paints bc they're usually already a bit cheaper, and Blick usually has sales and pretty reduced prices as well. I also recommend only buying what basic colors you'll think you'll need, that's what I do as a student anyway, really only buying my primaries and white, and occasionally something with a darker pigment to mix blacks and things like that. I'm so excited to see you trying oils!! I only started oil painting a few years ago for my major, and I don't know the ins and outs of everything, but it's absolutely become my medium of choice, and the forgiving nature of it is so wonderful and welcome. I hope you play with it more and enjoy it!!!

  2. This looks so great! I've been curious about trying oil paints but I think I'll wait until I'm more comfortable in other mediums first before making that investment. Well done for your first go with oils!

  3. I do alla prima oil painting. I mostly only use linseed oil as a medium. The only time I use thinner is to wash my brushes and set them to dry (that being said, I use cheap brushes because they all get ruined quickly). If you paint daily, you can coat your brushes in linseed oil and set them aside for the next day. I use paper towels instead of rags to wipe off my brushes between color changes, and I use more brushes if I'm changing color drastically.

  4. I'm a 71 yr. old portrait artist. I pretty-much mastered every medium but oils through the years. avoiding oils like the plague until last year. I now love them but still enjoy the lack of mess & clean up that pastels, watercolor, acrylics, colored pencil, & graphite give me.

  5. I 100% recommend B&J "the masters" brush cleaner and preserver. It's amazing and will do wonders for your brushes! I lost so many brushes to oils before I got that soap. They do a hand soap as well but I recommend gloves. Just keep playing with oils until you find what works best for you!

  6. Welcome to oil paintings! I'm happy for you , oil paint is beautiful for soft blending and work in layers diferentes days of the week, because they dry slower than other materials you can " re touch" always. I'm beginner in watercolors and the big diference for me was start with dark colors and working the lights when is dry the some of the layes ( in oil paints) You did great!
    A personal tips: Open a window if you can, let the air renovate. I use paper towels for clean my workspace, baby oil to take care better my brushes and a plastic surface under my palette to take care the table.
    love and Kisses !!!

  7. Very brave of you it turned out beautiful Minnie I love the look of oil paintings actually but not attracted to work with them just watercolour is my favourite love to you and Tairie sorry how do you spell his name? 🌺🐾🐾

  8. This was awesome seeing you experiment with a new medium! I fairly recently taught myself to work with water mixable oils. I'm the same way when it comes to being concerned with disposal and ventilation so I looked into water mixable oils instead of the traditional oils. You can mix in mediums to change the consistency but can clean up with soap and water like acrylics and gouache.

  9. I'm in much the same boat as you, wanting to work as non-toxic as possible. I actually got the same brand of paints quite a while ago, except I still haven't tried them out yet. I found your vid to be very encouraging and helpful, so thank you for that!

  10. I tried oils a couple of months ago. I did 6 small paintings and I do like the blend ability of the oils, but the drying time is pretty long. These paintings will take me a while to have ready for sale because as I come back to add layers of paint, then let dry, it takes weeks to have them ready. That's the only thing I don't enjoy. As an acrylic and watercolor painter, I love the quick drying process. But I love the way I can blend with oils, so I'll continue to use them.

  11. Oil paint seems so cool to use, but I don't think I'm ready yet. I've never reached the result I wanted with gouache yet, I have a really hard time with anything that's not watercolor (or digital) even though your videos make me want to paint with new types of paint!

  12. im by no means an expert, but you can actually reuse your solvent to an extent. when I have solvent that's really nasty I just put it in a big jar and let it sit for a few months while i use a different jar, then I take cheese cloth and strain the solvent a few times. the solvent won't be clear, but it will be usuable again. but i really only do that once per batch of oil, then i dispose of it properly by taking it to my recycling center.

  13. Well done on the new painting! And to your new brave beginning 👏 I'm a professional artist specialising in oil paints and I've never stopped learning about this medium – a lifetime is needed 💗

  14. Thank you for doing this video I loved how you walk through your very beginning steps and research. I have dabbled in oil a tiny tiny bit and the only thing I really don’t like about it is that it takes so darn long to dry. Watching this I may try it again

  15. This came out so gorgeous! 😍😍 I’m dreaming big of the day I’ll be able to work with oil paints. I hope you keep experimenting with them.

  16. Use a flat glass palette with a grey background to mix colors, and then use a flat razor to scrape the dry paint off. Glass palettes are great companions for oil paints.
    Before you do a finished piece, do a quick 10/15 minute study to loosen you up and get familiar with the type of colors you'll be using/mixing.
    If you want to work on something for multiple days, put saran/plastic wrap over your pallet to keep the paint from drying up.

  17. Let me impart my knowledge of mediums unto you! I don't know what you really know about all the mediums, but… The standard oil painting medium that people tend to use is made of a mixture of oil (often linseed oil of some sort), solvent (like turpentine or a substitute for it), and dammar varnish. Different people have different recipes for this medium, but I think it's easiest to just do 1 part of each. This mixture will thin and liquify your paint a bit, making it easier to apply, but I think it keeps more integrity of the paint than if you were to just use a solvent. You can also buy this medium premixed. It's usually just called "oil painting medium," but if you look at the labels they often list the 3 ingredients I mentioned. The standard medium does not, however, speed drying times. You already know Galkyd, and that is a great medium for speeding drying times as well as thinning them. Alkyd or Liquin (Winsor & Newton's version) are basically the same thing. Anyhow… there's plenty more about mediums to know. When I started oil painting I found that to be the most daunting part, because there were so many mediums and I had no idea if I needed them or what I would do with them. I think the best way to approach mediums is to figure out how you wish your paints would behave when painting, and then find a medium that will help do that. Also, I don't claim to know everything about mediums, but I have some experience oil painting, and I work at an art supply store! Hope you find some of this helpful~

  18. I love this and you did such an amazing job for your first time! I actually started with oils. I hated every single thing about it, except for the painting process. The colors are so vibrant. It also became very irritating for my allergies.
    Watching you paint admittedly made me miss the medium. I still have tubes and mediums from 10 years ago. I’d be interested to watch you get into oils. There werent a lot of non toxic paints when I started so maybe watching you get into them now will make me miss them enough to explore them again!

  19. For keeping your brush clean after the fact I tend to move in around a bit in my solvent to get rid of most of the paint in the brush and then rub the brush on a bar of soap under hot water.

  20. Tips:

    1.Careful with adding too much galkyd, that can get sticky and too shiny with the wrong ratio.

    2.As to paint rags — I recommend paper towel for thick or dried paint removal and a washcloth or rag for general brush cleaning. Unless you keep your rags near a hot surface or flame I wouldn’t be too concerned about them somehow building up the necessary energy to spontaneously combust. Also, you can wash them and reuse.

    2.oil paint can hide inside the upper bit of the brush, so while it will shorten the brush life, I highly recommend thorough cleaning with the mesh or coil. It’s the most annoying thing when a previous color makes an appearance when you thought you’ve cleaned it. And yeah, soft brushes are born to die with oil paint, c’est la vie.

    4. Pay attention to how much paint you need. Often a little can go quite a long way. A set of basic 37 ml paints should last you a good long while.

    5. Refrigerate your excess paint on palette paper to extend its life and limit paint stank in your studio. It should not aromate your fridge, esp if you have a closeable butter compartment.

    6. ABSOLUTELY use grey palette paper or brown backed glass when you can, a white background will distort your sense of value.

    7. Gamsol can be used as a messy eraser when paint is fresh. It’s often not completely clean but it prevents you from having to paint over a thicker layer of mistake.

    8. WEAR AN APRON OR CLOTHES YOU DON’T CARE ABOUT. If you’re lucky, you can rub the majority of an oil paint blotch out of fabric if you catch it before it dries, but that shit stains *permanent*. Also, it’s very drying on finger pads.

    9. Mixing with a brush saves paint in the beginning when color mixing doesn’t quite come naturally.

    10. Use vellum or canvas paper or pre-primed hardboard or cheap canvas for practice. They’re affordable and low pressure.

    11. Experiment, make mistakes, and seek out multiple teachers to enrich your own individual oil paint practice.

    -RH ✌🏻

  21. Would be interested to know if your painting cracked as it dried…. as it looks like the paint is quite thick…

  22. I originally started my art journey with Graphic design (Which is the field I work in full time), but overtime as a hobby I gained interest in watercolor and gouache (thanks to you, Minnie!) Although I LOVED working with oil paints, the neat freak in me just could NOT handle the mess, the cleanup, etc. I was so glad when I found gouache and watercolor..I can still get the painting experience without setting off my OCD tendencies. Your first try was beautiful and I can't wait to see how you grow from here!

  23. I'm an oil painter and a YouTuber and I just did a video called Process and it might give you guys some tips and ideas for oil painting! I'm doing a series called Process and sharing all kinds of tips on my processes as a painter.

  24. You don't need any mesh in the bottom of those jars – just think of gamsol like water – clean/rinse your brushes in the container the same way you would a brush that had gouache or any water soluble medium.

  25. You're doing great for a first and "alla prima"! I'm in the process of doing my 2nd oil painting, but because I was afraid of the solvent (with my cat and all) I decided for water-soluble oils instead. It's PERFECT for me. 😊 Now all I need to do is to learn how to paint faster. Took me 6 days of work to do 75% of my A3 painting… we learn we learn.

  26. I don’t paint so have no advice for you. I just wanted to say you should be very proud of your first attempt in this medium, it came out beautifully

  27. good for you for trying something new! I would recommend to definitely get brushes for oil paints specifically, you'll notice such a huge difference! with that being said this is beautiful! my first oil paintings were so ugly lol

  28. Congrats and welcome to the oil family! Oils are so much fun and I'm so glad you went with Gamblin. I use them exclusively as a matter of fact in your video at 3:45 you can see a picture of mine on their website. It's the one on the right where I'm showing off their radiant color line of oil paints. Oil painting is so much fun. And if you are slow painter it's the best thing in the world to use. I wish you all the best and your new oil painting Journey and can't wait to see more videos from what you are learning. Very brave of you to show off your beginning stages. I think it's important for a lot of influential YouTubers such as yourself to be able to share the beginning stages of anything that you're doing. It gives Young Artists and older artists that are new a lot of encouragement. You have to start from somewhere. No one ever did something and was automatically great at it.

  29. My biggest advice for anyone going in to oil painting is playing around with your mediums and write it down when you find what you like! When I took an oil painting class in university, the professor gave us a recipe that involved mineral spirits, linseed oil, and varnish. I’ve lost the recipe and have had the HARDEST time getting that perfect balance I used to get of shine and texture because I put it down for almost a decade.

  30. Minnie, this is BEAUTIFUL. I started with oil paints about 40 years ago. Unfortunately, the fumes and my asthma were an extremely unhealthy combination. Since then, I’ve been told when I paint with acrylics, I’m painting as if I were working with oils. 🤷🏼‍♀️ it looks to me like you are thinning the products to work more like watercolors or gauche. But it doesn’t matter. The effect you achieved is romantic, artistic, and quite successful. ❤️

  31. I use Gamblin products too when oil painting. I mix an even amount of Gamsol and Galkyd as my mixing and thinning medium but I have had problems reopening jam jars or bottles when I want to return to the mixture. The solution I find works is to mix up the mediums in a washing up bottle. That’s easier to reopen.

  32. Hi Minnie, good video, hope you don't mind this suggestion. Been a professional oil painter for over 34 years. I must say that any solvent based products however well packaged up are still solvents and are therefore not good for you or environment. I found Zest-it 12 + years ago. Its a natural citrus oil good to you and environment. Works as brush cleaner and medium. don't buy medium versions, just the basic zest-it product and make own mediums. Google zest-it many in uk sell it. all the best, Paul. Paul Apps Artist and Author

  33. "Spontaneously combusting oil-soaked rags" … that made me laugh out loud. Who knew that was a thing? Well, oil painters obvs.

  34. Hi Minnie! Gteat start! I loved your face expression "wtf am I actually doing" xD… The oil medium is just a medium. First of all, I feel like you squeezed yourself in a very small amount of space. The way you mixed your paint was very careful… Don't be afraid of using your pallet, relax your hand and play with mixing colours. Same with the canvas, don't be afraid of that white space. I would highly recommend using a prismacolor col-erase pencil to make a sketch (it won't smudge as a pencil would). Solvents are bad. They are toxic and everything you said is true… However, they are not the end of the world. Back in my school days we were in like 15 people in one class painting with oil. And the odourless solvents vere not a thing back then. We're all fine… xD. One thing I would actually recommend is to wear latex gloves. At first you don't feel that, but the paint makes your skin dry, and it's hard to heal. But overall relax and enjoy your process!

  35. I usually really enjoy your videos but you really took the fun out of it this time by over explaining. But please don’t take it personally. It’s just the style you edit in, not your personal flaw or anything. Keep developing and making great content!

  36. thank you for your wisdom! I love you and Lena and all the ones on YouTube. Im just now building up my art business. 🙂

  37. This was so helpful, thank you 😊 I've been putting off my oils for so long I think I may get back into them 😊

  38. I highly recommend the Neo Megilp medium from Gamblin. It's smoother and less sticky than galkyd and makes blending a dream.

  39. I use mineral spirits as a solvent and theres less fumes that way (I learned oil painting in HS) and I've found that unless ur going for something highly technical, jumping in and going for it is the best way, hell I've finger painted w them before ( I don't recommend it if u don't kno what kind u have n what's in it so )

  40. i was just given some oil paints,just a few colors in small tubes and this is really helping me understand this better before i go on to a painting. this will be the first time i ever use oil and im very limited of suplies so if anyone can help me out i would love it!

  41. You painted this beautifully! Excited to see what you come up with next 😍 Welcome to the wonderfully addictive world of oil painting hehe 😘🎨

  42. I tryed oil and i got a migran so i donated it to an art store never doing it again 😵😐😑😑😓😅😑

  43. I recommend the YT Channel "Draw Mix Paint" by Mark Carder. Tremendous technical expertise. As already mentioned by others, you don't need solvents to clean the brushes. Just use oil, even a cheap sunflower oil will do. Rinse them in oil as you do in solvent and keep the brushes slightly oiled. Only use them for oil painting. And keep painting regularly… 😉 👍

  44. Thank you for this video, the amount of useful info and tips that you can find in comments section is priceless, lol 🙂

  45. I won’t pretend to be an expert working in oils, I used them for a semester in high school. And briefly by myself after high school because I could only paint outside. I had a similar problem with trying to retain my initial shapes and colors… I learned to put down an area and only go back to it, if necessary, maybe a little directional stroke to smooth the transition color to color with a clean brush. Obviously you’ll come up with your own techniques for it.

    I did find the deeply watered down beginning layer helpful. Kind of like a graphite sketch before going into color. If you dilute down enough, then it’ll completely dry in 10-20 minutes (at most). Then you’ll have an easier time placing things and won’t have to worry about moving too many colors…

    You can “erase” by essentially moping up the color with a rag. I preferred to have my thinner, on my brush, would loosen up the color with brush, the other hand mopped it up with the rag. It’s easier to “erase” during the thinned out stage. As you risk too much destructive running while erasing. It makes it easier to paint thinner, and therefore have pieces dry faster by using a thinner stage.

    My average dry time was 3-7 days because of how thinly I painted and my desert climate. Softer brushes will apply paint thinner and only hold so much, and in my experience pick up more color as they move across already painted areas… great if that’s what you want. Not so great if that’s not what you need. Coarser brushes will allow you to lay down more color which is better for covering up areas that are still wet and give a thicker texture. But obviously they will pick up more color too. Sometimes if you want to rework a small area, having a clean coarse dry brush is the best option to pull the color up, so you can lay more color down.

    You might also find it helpful to do a quick color comp on a small sheet of paper. A gessoed sheet of card stock is plenty for this. If you do a clear gesso, you can even have your reference/pencil sketch printed underneath before doing a quick color sketch. This is also a very economical way of figuring out the medium before spending a lot, and requires less room to store with your figuring out paintings.

    Boards vs. Canvas… and well gessoed board does not suck up as much paint as a canvas. (Though of course I thought a pre-primed canvas was ready for paint, perhaps not the case with additional layers of gesso.) I found painting on board easier, and more economical, and easier to store than canvas. However if you’re using mdf or any other heavy milled Frankenstein wood that uses glue to make a sheet of wood, even the best glues they use for that last 50 years at best. I suggest investing in some boxes that fit the canvas/board sizes you’ve bought, so you can put wet paintings in them and stack them until dry. They will be reusable once the paintings in them are dry, then if wanted, you can use them to store the dry paintings.

    One fine art painter I knew painted on cardboard. Sometimes priming with gesso, sometimes not. If you go to the hardware store, you can (at least in the U.S,… I assume in the U.K.) Buy an entire sheet of wood around 8 feet by 4 feet. And get it cut down at the hardware store so it’ll fit in your car. Most places charge by cut, and have a jig to keep them square. You can ask for them to cut the large board into many smaller boards and this will likely be cheaper than an art shop. You then can prime your boards all at once, and have plenty to paint on after all your gesso layers are dry. In our class, we used standard paint rollers for this, and it made quick work.

    I hope that you enjoy this new medium, I really liked the flower.

  46. Just wondering about everyone’s feeling about water soluble oil paint? Minnie, would you consider this?

  47. I swear I just painted this EXACT SAME FLOWER in acrylics. Did you get the image from a royalty free site? Either way, it looks INCREDIBLE! <3 Nicely done!

  48. I LOVE oils! I'm happy to see you trying oil paint! About disposing used rags, I let them dry and reuse them. And when I'm ready to dispose of them, I let the rags/paper towels dry completely and then throw away. I actually have a free oil painting guide that goes over safety, building layers, supplies under $50, varnishing, and more 🙂

  49. Minnie, I am PROUD of you! You faced one of your biggest fears and tried something new and adventurous and the outcome came out beautifully! Now, granted, I'm scared to death of oils now, but I'd rather watch you create masterpieces with it now and grow from it and I can use what you do to perfect my acrylic skills! LOL! But, I cant tell you how proud I am of you! Im just moved to tears!🤓❤❤❤

  50. i have used oils for years. I started using oils before internet was even a thing, and i love them.. LOVE THEM! They are sooooo therapeutic,. you can see my work scattered about in my videos on my channel.
    My palette, is a piece of perspex .. My brush cleaner is jo sonjas brush conditioner ( highly recommend it as it will make your brushes last ) I use linseed oil to thin them down. Fat over lean, yeah, I think you only need to really worry about this when you are doing HEAPS of paint on top of each other.. I always just go with the flow, have no plan, that way its not so anxiety triggering.
    As for spontaneously combusting.. lol its never happened to me, in literally years. i didnt even know it was possible.

  51. Hi Minnie love your honesty in this video. It is definitely useful to know about using chemicals/mediums etc., and the risks involved in using these.
    I prefer to use a product called Liquin and another product called Olio gel which is a buttery substance that comes in a tin. I do this to avoid using strong toxic liquids. I also use Linseed oil by Windsor & Newton. Sometimes I mix Liquin and Linseed oil together into another bottle and work with this when mixing paint. Reason for this is that there is a risk of knocking over the jars of solvents and any subsequent risks attached to that. Hope this helps.

  52. My first time on your channel! Hi, I’m Holly! You are so beautiful and I love your accent (it actually reminds me of Holly Exley’s accent here on YouTube!)
    I have wanted to try oil paint but also been too intimidated by it. Thanks for showing us your beginning process-the artwork turned out amazing!

  53. Love your humbleness in teaching!!! Oil painting is something I've also been wanting to tackle so I loved this video. But I would just watch to see you teach( so easy to listen to)

  54. If your a complete beginner to oil painting Georgian student quality oil paint is in my opinion the best way to go. I've been using this brand of paint for about 5 years and have created many very nice paintings along the way with this "student grade" oil paint. So save yourself a ton of money while creating beautiful oil paintings at the same time. The truth is the best professional grade paint in the world won't make you a better painter only time practice and persistence will do that. Anyway all the best on your great adventure into the wonderful world of oil painting good luck.

  55. You should really give water mixable oils a go. I love them and they are environmentally friendly. I have been using them for a few years now and they work just as good as traditional oils. Clean up with soap and water.

  56. I would like to submit the Maestro Cesar Santos Good on you trying something some what outside your comfort zone. -No oils for since art school.

  57. with any medium or solvents, i use an plastic eye dropper (a little bit goes along way). also applying 3 or more layers of paint adds texture, etc., your going to love oils!! love your work, too!

  58. I, too, am curious about oil paints. Did the same, made my investment and bought all my supplies. I went with water-mixable oil paints by Winsor and Newton. My passion is watercolor painting, so this new medium, water-mixable oil paints will be an adventure. Have not tried yet, but will do so soon.

  59. Honestly, you could always wait for the paint to settle at the bottle and slowly through coffee filter paper pour the clear turpentine and reuse, the bottle with paint can be washed out with a little vinegar and water, then wipe the bottle out. Thats usually what I do to not get those awful chemicals into this beautiful world of ours.

  60. Are you sure it is oil painting?
    You hold the brush to close to the ferrule. It looks like coloring.
    You talk fast, I muted the video to try follow your brush work.

  61. I just use old food jars to contain my thinner, as it gets to saturated with paint I just collect it in a bigger jar, I usually have multiple jars ongoing to let the paint settle on the bottom and pour the clean thinner into an empty jar. With time the thinner gets saturated with paint and it won't settle and that's when I stir the jar and pour into a dump jar. I don't know I am still trying to perfect this, sometimes I get frustrated because all jars used and have paint settled but I think I am just lazy and haven't really painted as regularly as I should 😂 anyway check Andrew Tishler (?) the Australian landscape painter, he has got some good videos with tips and trix😄

  62. Thank you for a great video…
    I have recently started to use oils after being totally turned off many years ago… I remember saying "WHAAAAT?!!!
    Six months to dry?… I could die in that time!!!!"
    Well I recently discovered the wonderful you tube tutorials by
    Michael James Smith…. He is fantastic, painting very realistic landscapes in oils. He blocks in the
    Sketch very basically in acrylics, then the real work begins with Windsor and Newton Griffin Alkyd Fast Drying oil colours. He uses Liquin medium,
    And the usual thinners…. But I myself have taken to using Bob Ross Odourless thinner from Amazon, (it's totally wife friendly!) almost anything you do this way can be easily over painted the next day ( adding fine details etc. )
    I have a long playlist of his videos on my phone which I play silently on my bedside table, and it helps me to get in a lot of "mental rehearsal " when I can't always get enough time at the easel!…
    Thanks again, I subscribed, and eagerly await you next videos!

  63. Saw this video this morning and was excited to watch you try oils for the first time. To my huge surprise you mentioned my skillshare class! Thank you! So thrilled that you watched my class and found it helpful in your research. I have been watching your videos for some time now and I think they are great. Looking forward to seeing more of your adventures into oil!

  64. I've always wanted to use oils but scared of how 'grown up', expensive and difficult its seemed, thank you for sharing your experience!

  65. Bless you! This was very uncomfortable to watch as I paint in oils and know what you are going through. However, I wouldn't change to acrylics or watercolors for the world. I paint florals and have found the best way to get distinct, clean colors on for example, a peony, is to paint it pedal by pedal. I usually have a dark red mixed with a touch of black pile of paint. Then scoop up a bit of it into another pile to lighten a little bit. Then scoop a little bit from first pile and make a pile even lighter. Repeat until you have up to a super light pink. Then on the painting surface, loosely lay down the shadow area, next lay down the lighest area and then the middle. Then gently blend the edges of the shades together that way, they won't get muddy. The important part is not to paint over it again while still wet. Let it dry then tackle again. Need more depth in the painting? Then after it's dry, do a wash (transparent color for shadows) to push parts of it back. I can't stand the traditional paints as they are too rough on the skin and fumes from them irritates the lungs. I use water immersed oils. Easy to clean up with soap and water. You are very creative and talented. Oh yes! To get the paint to dry quicker in the summer, place in a sunny side window, close the blind or curtain to trap heat. Good luck!

  66. hey! I got my BFA (interdisciplinary) but my focus is in oil painting. Everything you said on the deposing of the rags is correct. They teach you this in school. Just keep them out of the sun as well. There, we had fire-resistant boxes and cans, but at home, I use a jar with water in it. I've never seen or experienced them spontaneously combusting, but It's definitely better to be safe. The only thing I would add is the fumes can be quite dangerous especially the odorless ones. I close my lids to both my mediums and solvents, but the room still gets pretty toxic. If you don't have proper ventilation, Id paint outside, in a big space, or with a proper mask. Oil painting for 6 or so years now and I'm pretty sensitive to the fumes. Amazing Job btw! <3

  67. REALLY good start Minnie – there's far too much mystery surrounding oil painting and as you've discovered it is essentially a simple process of placing a bit of coloured mud on a piece of cloth/wood. Any questions, don't hesitate to give me a shout. Best, D

  68. Creating an underpainting with Acrylic paint can be really helpful for not only getting something on the canvas, but establishing color.

  69. At my school's print lab we have tight trashcans for our dirty/ used rags (the rags get covered in vegetable oil for cleaning up ink) you have to make sure that you don't bunch up the rags when you throw them in and that there is no airflow going in. One time during Thanksgiving break one of the trashcans was too filled so the lid was slightly off the can. Then the airflow made it start to combust (gladly someone saw in time and took care of it). I don't know the name of it but my school works with a service that will pick up the rags and they'll clean and re-use them.

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