9 Steps To Still Life Painting Using Oil Paints

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There is a mysterious beauty with still life painting using oil paints. As oil paints have been a favorite painting medium by the old masters even way back to the oldest age. The slow drying composition of oil paints makes them an artist favorite medium. This allows them to control and work on a certain piece for a long time until they have decided to finish the artwork. With still life painting using oil paints, you will not get confused about how you can mix your oil paints with other painting media.

How to create your still life painting using oil paints even if you are a beginner with the painting medium? What are the other essential materials for the still life painting using oil paints that an artist must prepare first? What are the other painting techniques that incorporate with a still life painting using oil paints?

The Easy Steps To Creating Your Still Life Painting Using Oil Paints

9 Steps To Still Life Painting Using Oil Paints
9 Steps To Still Life Painting Using Oil Paints

OIl painting is such a sophisticated medium and incorporates beauty and elegance, especially with the still life paintings using oil paints as the main medium. There are a lot of artists who want to create this certain image or portrait for their subject and transform each art into their canvas to keep for a longer time.

With oil paints, you can have that vibrant glow that you need especially with still life portraits. The consistency of oil paints can sometimes be challenging especially if you are a neophyte to this painting medium. However, you don’t need to worry as we have simplified for you this process. On this easy tutorial on how still life painting using oil paints can be done, you will surely like this and start making more paintings afterward.

Before we create your first ever still life painting using oil paints, let’s get you ready with this painting activity first.

Creating Your Very First Still LIfe Painting Using Oil Paints

9 Steps To Still Life Painting Using Oil Paints
9 Steps To Still Life Painting Using Oil Paints

You might have heard different artist talking about how still life painting using oil paints can be challenging at times. This easy methods will break all those worries behind and will help you enjoy the process. Though proper blending has been one of the must-have skills for oil paintings. It is necessary to start off with easy steps especially if you are a beginner.

If you have been painting with other painting media before, then transitioning to oil paints is not that much for an adjustment. It is just the slow drying time that makes the adjustments. Now let’s begin creating your first still life painting with oil paints with the right materials.

The Essential Materials For A Successful Still Life Painting Using Oil Paints

The still life painting requires an artist for keen detail and using the essential materials to have a promising result. That also means that you must prepare all these necessary materials for painting. There are not much of a difference for the materials you will use with your oil painting and the still life painting technique.

Since we will be doing a simple still life painting for beginners, then the materials that we will use will also be rounded off to just the basic materials for painting. If you can gather all of these materials before we start will be a great help for this painting activity.

  • Oil paints. The colors that you will be using for your still life painting depends on the image subject that you will create. Visualize the image and prepare all the colors that you will use. Also, this is a great opportunity to start working with your mixing skills to create different colors with just a few paints available.
  • Paintbrush. I suggest you use the paintbrush for oil paints only.  That way you can avoid any possible mixing of different colors from different painting medium. There will also be fewer paint particles getting mixed up with oil paints. If you are new to still life painting then make a small portrait first and use small paint brushes. You will need a flat paintbrush, small round one and one to paint the support of your painting surface.
  • Painting Canvas or painting surface. You get a pre-primed canvas first. If you want to, you can also do it yourself and apply at least two layers of acrylic gesso for your painting surface. If not, just get that ready-made painting canvas.
  • Palette knife. If you are new to oil painting, then using a palette knife is a great idea t hone your skills with oil paints and the beauty that the palette knife can create with a unique texture.
  • Paper towel or rags. This will be great for cleaning or wiping your materials, paintbrush and even your hands.
  • Jar of clean water. This will just be used for thinning the acrylic for your painting surface or to create that ground for your painting canvas.
  • Painting Palette. For oil paints, it is best to use the wood palette as they give you a great impression of the colors that you will be using on your still life painting
  • LInseed oil as your painting medium. This painting medium is best if you wanted to add additional shine to the appearance of your oil paints.
  • Thinner or turpentine. You can use a mineral spirit that is absolutely odorless. There are a variety of options to choose from for the right mineral spirits that you will use.

Step By Step Process Of Painting Your Still Life Oil Painting

9 Steps To Still Life Painting Using Oil Paints
9 Steps To Still Life Painting Using Oil Paints

Step 1. Prepare the subject image that you wish to copy or reference with.

Step 2. Make sure that the ground you are using is prepared properly with acrylic gesso or colored acrylics.

Step 3. Sketch the image subject with a pencil or acrylic marker

Step 4. Work with the background of your image subject to your painting surface. Start painting all over the subject image. You can start adding new layers to your painting surface and check how they are mixed together in a nice and unique way.

Step 5. Block the colors on your ground or painting surface with new darker colors or colors that are present on your subject image.

Step 6. Start working on details and colors of your painting with proper blending and mixing colors one corner at a time.

Step 7. Create that strong tonal effect on your oil painting now. Adding colors and highlights to the main picture.

Step 8. Start working with the shadows on your painting canvas. Check for the whole picture if you can see areas that are stronger than the main subject. Toning them down with using white colors to lighten the areas that needed to.

9 Steps To Still Life Painting Using Oil Paints
9 Steps To Still Life Painting Using Oil Paints

Step 9. Finally, work on the intense colors one more time to emphasize the full details of your portrait or painting.

You can do this process as well with using other painting media. Since you have a great transition with acrylics, you can try painting your still life painting as well with acrylic medium. Though you don’t need to wait too long for your painting to get dried like oil paints. There are always great advantages and benefits of using each painting medium.

The process of creating your very first still life painting depends on the subject image that you will be working with. Start with a small painting canvas especially if you are new to the painting technique that you are doing for the moment. The experience that you will get will help you further improved your skills and exposure with certain techniques and can be combined afterward.

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