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For centuries oil paintings have hung in galleries and homes, celebrating the unique artistic skills of the Masters and those who have followed in their footsteps. Oil paints contain more pigment than other types of paint which results in the rich and vibrant colours that transform canvases and make us all want to start painting.

Despite the fact that oil paints are the most expensive paint medium and take very long to dry, the rich hues, light and dark contrast effects and sense of depth keep artists striving to master this paint medium.

“Oil-painting is a developed technique. Why go backwards?” -Edvard Munch

Be patient
If you are an impatient artist, the long drying time of oils will just frustrate you. But the fact that oil paints stay wet and pliable on the palette and canvas for so long gives you flexibility to manipulate the paints, blend colours and build layers over a period of time, creating a cohesive effect and richness of strokes.

Start Small
If you are new to oils, start on a smaller stretch canvas or canvas boards. This allows you to gain confidence with the medium and experiment with different layering techniques, glazing effects and how the paint pigments blend.

Buy quality
When painting with oils, always buy professional grade paints as they have a higher pigment to binder ratio and then slowly add tubes of colours. And when it comes to brushes, the same principle applies - buy the best artist quality natural hair or synthetic brushes you can afford and build up your collection over time.

Prime your surface
Before splashing oil paint onto a canvas, the surface needs to be primed. Stretch canvases and canvas boards do come pre-primed, but if not, simply apply a layer of gesso primer over the surface to prevent the oils from seeping into the surface and to protect the surface from acids in the pigment.

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