How To: Oil Painting On Canvas

How To: Oil Painting On Canvas

Painting is a great creative outlet, and though oil paints may seem like a difficult medium to use if you are not used to them, they are incredibly forgiving and the outcome very rewarding, as creative artist and art tutor Marcia Kay Ellis shows you in this guide.

You Will Need

  • paints
  • canvas
  • natural sponge
  • old rag
  • brushes

Top Tips

  • Always prepare your canvas with an oil primer and leave it to dry before painting on it. Priming increases the life of your painting by giving the paint something to adhere to.
  • Palette knives are great for creating bold areas of colour, and deep, dramatic texture. Use them to spread paint like butter or lift and manipulate it into peaks and ravines on the canvas. Experiment with angles and shapes using different sizes and shaped palette knives.
  • Oil paints are a fantastic medium for creating all kinds of different styles and moods in your pictures. Thick textures, created with palette knifes and sponges create drama and can be used for great abstract art pieces. Using linseed oil to thin the oils will create a softer look, similar to watercolours. The best way to learn is to practice and play with the different tools at your disposal.