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How To: Oil Painting On Paper

How To: Oil Painting On Paper

You don't need to spend a lot of money on canvases and canvas boards when you start oil painting. All you need is some paper and a pot of primer, as Marcia Kay Ellis, creative artist and art tutor, shows you in this guide.

You Will Need

  • paper
  • primer
  • brushes
  • gloves
  • paints
  • linseed oil
  • palette knife

Top Tips

  • First you must prime your paper. Priming increases the life of your painting, and especially on a surface as porous as paper. You can buy pre-primed oil painting paper and canvas boards but doing it yourself is much cheaper.
  • Avoid using black when mixing colours, as it turns them dull and muddy - unless of course this is something you want!
  • Undo mistakes with an old rag. Oil paints take a long time to dry and so even on paper, you can come back and change things until they are dry - and even after with the right products.
  • Use linseed oil to thin the oil paint into a wash, and use a large, soft brush and long strokes across the paper to create a background on which to add detail, whether this be a sky, water, the ground, or just a wash of colour to paint a still life on top of.