Getting started with oil painting (Supplies)

This blog post will cover everything a beginner would need to start oil painting. There are literally hundreds of oil colors available but in truth, you need around 5 to mix almost any color you can think of.

  • Various flat medium range brushes 10-15 my personal recommendation would be Grumbacher bristlette brushes. While many will purchase lots of different kinds of brushes you can get by very well with just a few flat brushes.
  • Basic oil pallet (keep in mind this is the bare minimum I would recommend to a beginner but will allow the mixture of any other bought colors)
  • French ultramarine blue
  • Yellow Ochre
  • Titanium white
  • Alizarin Crimson Red
  • Cadmium red light
  • Cadmium Yellow
  • Other colors that are not needed I would strongly suggest include Thalo green, Burnt sienna, and Chromium Oxide green if you plan to do portraits.
  • Moving on we will need Odorless terpenoid or mineral spirits to clean our brushes and thin our paint.
  • Linseed oil to add oil to our paints and help them spread.

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