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Starting Painting Lessons in Oil or Acrylic

Information about starting painting lessons and tips to save you time and money.

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This information and more is available on Paint Like a Pro. with Len Hend DVD No.1

Starting Painting Lessons in Oil or Acrylic

Starting Painting Lessons for Beginners

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On this page you will find out about starting painting lessons in oils and acrylics.
Oil paint is ‘oil’ based paint and requires a petroleum like fluid for thinning and cleaning brushes. (turpentine is a common fluid)
Acrylic paint is ‘water’ based paint. These lists of colors and brushes can apply to either oil paint or acrylic paint

What to buy – Here is a list for starting painting lessons in oils or acrylics

Which paint you use is your choice, I now days use acrylic paint because it is cheaper, less smelly and easier to clean up
To get started with your oil or acrylic painting lessons you will need

  • Something to paint on

    – first choice is prepared artist canvas – prepared means primed ready to go (undercoated before you buy it – usually white) or canvas streched on a frame, or canvas panels (thin canvas in cardboard) You may also use partical board undercoated with white acrylic house paint. sizes:- 9×12, 11×14, 12×16, 14×18 inches are good sizes to start but any size will be ok.

  • Paints – you need plenty of white student quality paint, I like to see beginners start with monocolor (one color and white) which is burnt umber and white
    From then we move on to the colors. The minimum colors are blue, warm yellow and crimson (warm yellow is any yellow that looks like an orange rather than a lemon)
    A set of colors is white, phthalo blue, cobalt blue, crimson, warm red, warm yellow, raw sienna, burnt sienna, burnt umber, viridian green, (warm red is fire engine red)
  • Brushes:- No need to buy expensive brushes

    – Fan brush (medium size) – About a 1 or 1-1/2; inch common house painting brush – A round hog bristle brush, as big as you can get that is about – 12; inch ferrel, not the pointed one. – A couple of flat hog bristle brushes, say quarter inch and half inch. – A fine hair brush for little twigs, not too small, about size 5. (Different brands have different sizes but most sizes are useful) – And a cranked painting knife – Later you may need a 2 inch flat house painting brush for larger paintings.

  • You will also need – rags – water – a pallete – somehow to steady and hold your painting –

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  • And don’t forget to wear old cloths, sit or stand comfortably and have good lighting and fresh air,

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