Freshly primed canvas, full of promise…

It may seem kind of daunting (or is it just me?), but starting your first oil painting is actually pretty straightforward with the right materials, a little know-how, and a bit of a, “What the hell, let’s just give it a try” attitude. Here’s a video to help you lay down your first layer of oil paint and get your drawing transferred to your canvas and ready to go.

***Disclaimer*** Cute dogs make an appearance and cause a little chaos. So sorry for any video awkwardness on my part. Oh, and please excuse Baby Riggs for growling at Teelo around the first minute or so, I don’t know what that was about. Materials listed after the video for your information ๐Ÿ™‚

Materials needed:

Canvas (I like the extra thick gallery-stretched canvases)

Oil painting medium (I use 1 part Gamsol: 1 part Galkyd stored in a screw top glass container)

A neutral oil paint colour like burnt umber or Payne’s grey (my favourites :)); I’ve been using burnt umber so much for my cat paintings I’m renaming it Beesa umber ๐Ÿ™‚


These Old Holland paints are looking well-loved and well-used already.
Always a Dog Mom ๐Ÿ™‚

A soft, flat brush (I use a 3/4″ synthetic bristle watercolour brush – reserved just for this purpose)

Paper towels or rags

Extras:

Acrylic paint in your choice of colour to finish the sides of your canvas (I like Tri-Art charcoal black for the price and the quality);

Saral white transfer paper for transferring your under-drawing to the canvas

Good boy Teelo!!

White Prismacolour pencil crayons – also for drawing on the canvas

And that’s it. Happy painting and thanks for visiting! If this tutorial is helpful at all to you, please let me know in the comments below!

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