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Trying Oil Paints for the First Time!!

August 23, 2019


This is something I’ve always wanted to do
but found so daunting. Oils just seem- to me at least- like such a
‘grown-up’ medium, almost inaccessible if you don’t have proper training or fine-art
experience. There are solvents and mediums and spontaneously-combusting
oil-soaked rags…. But I’ve been doing my research and I’m hoping
to demystify that notion of inaccessibility, share my baby steps with you guys into this
medium, and hopefully, if it’s something you’ve been considering trying for yourselves, we
can share in this together so it seems a little bit less out of reach. It goes without saying, I’m not an expert,
I don’t think this video will answer all your questions, it might give you more questions. And I would like to open the floor to my commenters,
my oil-painting friends, anyone with more experience, any tips, any knowledge. If you can share that in the comments, I think
we would all very much appreciate it. To start with, as I said, I’ve been doing
my research bot on youtube and on Skillshare. There was a class in particular that I liked
called Guide to Non-Toxic Oil Painting Methods by Adele McFarlane Wile but really any ‘Introduction
to Oil Painting’- type classes I found really helpful, it’s nice to get a broad perspective
on peoples different approaches and kind of pick and choose the bits that made the most
sense to me. This isn’t sponsored but you guys know that
Skillshare has been really valuable for me in the last few years since I’ve been using
it. I’ve been very grateful, it still is that
place where, if I’m trying to figure something out right from the beginning and I want an
in-depth look at something, Skillshare is the place that I still go-to for that. I will still have 2-months off I think, 2
months of free membership, I’ll have a link for that below if you are interested. But otherwise, YouTube is still a fantastic
resource and I think you can find a lot of what you would need to find on there- for
free. In particular for me on YouTube, I was watching
a lot of videos by Lena Danya who I’ve been watching pretty much since the beginning of
my time watching videos on YouTube. I love her artwork, her personality. And she has a series of ‘Oil painting for
beginners’ type videos that really should cover everything that….everything that I
had questions about anyway. Also looked at a guy called Florent Farges. He has these more in-depth, technical videos. Things like blending… he also offers a course
on his website- a 5-hour video tutorial type thing that really goes in-depth with oil painting
and I think that potentially could be a good next step for me if I really do decide to
dig my heels in but for now I think I’ve gathered enough information to get me started at least. It’s important to not fall into that trap
of trying to answer every single question before you even get started. It’s easy to wanna have everything figured
out before doing it so you don’t get anything wrong but really, you have to try, to make
mistakes, to find out what you need to be doing more research on. Also watched oil painting channels that I
love to see their process in action; Happy D, John Larriva, Alpay Efe, Maria Solias who
is a more recent find for me but I absolutely love her work. And with that, it was time to buy my materials. Not gonna lie, it was expensive. I decided to stick with Gamblin products,
after a bit of research, I like their ethics, I like that they’ve a real focus on quality
and safety for the artist and the environment. There is a lot of concern about the toxicity
of oils and I will leave a link to the Gamblin article below. They have an article talking about the pigments
they use, but essentially, the pigments they use and how they use them are relatively harmless,
if you use them properly. My only other concern with all this was waste
and disposal, but we’ll get to that all later on in the video. So Gamblin paints, Gamsol, Galkyd, – and that
could be all you need. Also got Gamvar, varnish brush, already had
pallet knives, mixing surface, and rather than get one of those cleaning jars with the
coil- which is there to work the paint out of your brush and keep sediment at the bottom,
I DIYed my own version with this £2 mesh from Amazon. Really don’t know about what it’ll do to the
life expectancy of my brushes, it does look quite abrasive. But at this point, I’d spent so much money,
I was just trying to cut costs wherever I could. I got all of this stuff from Jackson’s and
Amazon and I will leave links below to everything. One thing is that Jackson’s only ship most
of this stuff by road so it might help to go for the Amazon links if you’re outside
of the UK. Total outlay was £217.50. And £130.37 of that was on the paints alone. You could find cheaper, you could find cheaper. I think you would still wanna look for something
that’s high quality, but you could do some research into finding that high quality and
high-quality pigments being used. So without the paint, I think I spent about
£87.13 on the extra stuff like mediums and solvents which brought us to £217.50 altogether. It is an investment. It’s a lot of money. But I’ve been thinking about doing this for
a long time and I do think that a little bit goes a long way with oils and I think it will
pay for itself in the long run. I’ve got my dungarees on. I got gesso on my nice jumpsuit yesterday
so I’m not taking any chances today. I’ve primed this MDF board with gesso and
sanded it. That’ll stop the oil seeping into the surface. And I’ve set up my workspace next to me. We have a jar here with my solvent in. I’m keeping the jar closed while I’m not using
it, because fumes, and it’ll last longer that way- not evaporating out into the atmosphere. I have a few scraps of fabric to wipe my paint
off on. These brushes that were sent to me by Mozart,
I think they’re meant for watercolours, I might need something stiffer but we’ll see. I’ve put a blob of Alkyd resin here *shrugs*
I might use it when I’ve mixed my colours? So….From what I can tell- and clearly, I’ve
got no idea- but it looks like solvents are used almost like you use water with watercolours. You can clean your brush, you can also thin
out the paint and reduce opacity. Then mediums have a whole host of uses depending
on which one you go for- from speeding up the paint drying time, adding texture to your
painting, thickening up the pain, thinning down the paint, giving it a glossy finish… I don’t know! The medium I got is Galkyd, I think this is
meant to smooth the paint a bit, make it easier to apply. I also think it helps with drying time. And also because this is the one that Lena
uses. I also need to find a reference. I am putting off doing the actual painting
now. I’m quite nervous. I think I’m gonna spend some time mixing up
my colours just to give myself a low-pressure way to familiarise myself with the paint and
its consistency. Now I’m going to add some Galkyd to each of
these, to see what that does to the flow. Well, that definitely helped to smooth the
paint, make it a lot more liquidy, and a bit more buttery I think. Now I’m trying to figure out if I wanna start
with a wash. Some people do, some people don’t. The people that do say that- obviously it
takes away that blaring bright white of a blank canvas, will help with establishing
values. Also, I think it might help things glide on
a bit smoother. -But I think I am gonna start without it. I don’t think there’s any one specific way
to approach an oil painting. I’m going full alla prima today- which means,
I’m not going to be waiting for layers to dry, just gonna do it all in one sitting. I’ve heard of the fat over lean rule, when
it comes to layering. Which essentially means that you’re making
sure that you’re putting your thinner underneath and then building up your thickness. I don’t think that’s going to come into play
today. I’m hoping to just pile on the paint and see
what happens. Could be famous last words. Some people start with the darkest values,
some people start with the most vibrant colours, so they don’t get muddied along the way. I’m going to start with the darker values
just because, that’s what I tend to do with my gouache paintings and the plan is to just
go for this in the same way. I decided I wanted to really focus, so the
painting and talking at the same time had to stop. Plus the rain sounds were getting heavier,
I was desperate to put some headphones on and just zone in on the painting because I
was finding the process so far to be quite the adjustment from what I’m used to with
paint. One of oils strengths is being able to blend
it so smoothly, and I was really in awe of how that was going, even from the beginning. But a downside to that was that I was struggling
to maintain hard edges, and when I tried to go back and fix certain areas, everything
was getting mushed into one thing. Unlike with gouache, when the marks I’ve made
usually dry within a minute or so and I can just pile fresh paint on top to cover my sins,
in this case, the sins remained and just merged with the fresh paint, and that’s something
I really had to get used to. One thing I really liked was the effect that
Galkyd had on the paints. I found myself, quite naturally just dipping
into it here and there when the paint was feeling too sticky, and it had this wonderful
effect of just making it glide over the canvas, lovely and juicy. I also only washed my brush in the Gamsol
once or twice, opting to just wipe it off on the rag between colours, which is something
I do quite a lot with gouache and watercolour paintings anyway. Speaking of which… Another thing that was putting me off from
using oil paints was the thought of having a more complicated clean-up than my usual,
easy watercolour or gouache or even acrylic methods. You can’t pour this stuff down the sink. And there is a risk, when these rags are bunched
up, that they will spontaneously combust. That’s scary. And there was a lot of mixed info on what
to do about that. This is where I don’t want you to take my
word for gospel, do your own research and please if anyone can help in the comments,
let us know. Regarding my solvents, once I’ve cleaned off
my brush as much as I can in here, I think I can rinse it out under a tap maybe with
some paintbrush soap, that shouldn’t be a high enough amount of toxins into the water
system to be an issue. As for this jar, I’ll keep it shut, the sediment
should eventually sink to the bottom, and I’ll be able to keep using it over and over. So I’ll have a few of these going at once,
new clean fresh ones while the others settle. You can pour out the clean solvent to a new
container once the dirt has settled, and you can wipe out the mush that’s left. My palette, if it has enough paint left on
it, I’ll cover and keep using it, if not, I’ll scrape it off and wipe down with my rag
and some solvent. Then all that’s left is the rag itself. It’s not as scary or complicated as it seems. Basically, oil products oxidise as they dry
which causes heat, if you’ve got a lot of oily rags all bunched up together, that can
produce enough heat to start a fire. People put these in metal jars or buckets
of water then wait to take them to special waste disposal places. Some people have those fire-resistant bins
you can chuck them in, again just waiting til you can dispose of them safely and properly. You can also -I believe- lay them out flat
and wait for them to dry completely on a non-combustible surface. Which I think is what I’ll do- I’ll just make
sure it’s nowhere near anywhere Thierry can get to (speaking of which, he’s not in here,
I’ve got the door shut, but I do have the window open so I’m well ventilated and he
won’t be affected by any fumes.) And then I looked on my local councils website
and they collect oil and oil soaked items at my local recycling centre so once I have
enough of these to warrant a journey over there, I’ll do that. It’s a bit more effort than usual just because
it’s not just putting something down the drain or in the bin. But it’s also- like I’m not going to the recycling
centre every time I do a painting. I can have these in a closed tin of water
or drying somewhere until I’m ready to dispose of them properly. I’d love to know what you guys do if you have
oil experience. All in all, I really enjoyed this first attempt
with oil paints. I finished off just aching to give it another
try. What I would do differently would be to work
more sculpturally, in broader strokes, carving out the painting, rather than blending small
areas at a time. But I can’t wait to do it again. The thing that stands out to me with the finished
piece is the boldness and almost glow of the colours, it’s unlike anything I’ve painted
with before. And that’s it. Thank you so much for joining me for yet another
adventure into something new. I would love to know if any of you guys have
wanted to try oil paints, if you think you will. And to my experienced oil painters, what advice
could you give to us beginners? Looking forward to hearing from you, thanks
so much for watching and I’ll see you in the next one. Bye!

62 Comments

  • Reply L.x.j.i August 23, 2019 at 7:27 pm

    Always excited for your videos❤️

  • Reply Jessica Browne August 23, 2019 at 7:28 pm

    Hello! I love your videos! Keep up the good work! ♡♡♡

  • Reply T McSwain August 23, 2019 at 7:28 pm

    First time catching a video as soon as it’s uploaded.

  • Reply Haily South August 23, 2019 at 7:28 pm

    Omg yessssss!

  • Reply Mayleen Nrecaj August 23, 2019 at 7:30 pm

    I’m so excited how your work will turn out because I’ve been trying out oil paint by myself for a while and I’m struggling 💓😬 love your videos by the way

  • Reply Dries Ketels August 23, 2019 at 7:31 pm

    A master artist is nothing more then a beginner who kept beginning. I think it's very meaningful to see artists like you showing their 'new beginnings'. Art often is about allowing yourself to be a beginner and trying new horizons, no one ever started being excellent. 🙂

  • Reply Maleak SpaceAge August 23, 2019 at 7:39 pm

    excited for your new journey with oil paintings!

  • Reply 15174lyfe August 23, 2019 at 7:39 pm

    You can place small clean rocks or pebbles into the bottom of you jar to clean dirty oil paint brushes. That's what my professor had us do in college . It works just as well as the wire coil at the bottom of the jar. This video is awesome btw! 😊

  • Reply Shagith shagithyan August 23, 2019 at 7:39 pm

    yes first

  • Reply studysmith August 23, 2019 at 7:41 pm

    Thank you so much for walking us through your process! It was really helpful to see how your painting came together and hear your thoughts 🙂

  • Reply Keshna Donia August 23, 2019 at 7:41 pm

    Hi Minnie!!! Would you ever consider doing a premier video where we can live chat with you? It’d be like the Patreon Days!!! 😊

  • Reply Donna August 23, 2019 at 7:42 pm

    My grandmother is an oil painter! She tried to teach me, but all i made was mud basically lolol 😂
    Your rose looks awesome! Great first attempt!

  • Reply creations landscape designs August 23, 2019 at 7:46 pm

    You should YouTube search Bob Ross and watch some of his videos. He paints using oils without pre drawing.

  • Reply Liesbeth Vandenschrieck August 23, 2019 at 7:47 pm

    Thx for this video ! You did a great job ! Currently i had to stop using oil paints, solvents etc because of my healthproblems 😪 but now i’m trying out the waterbased oilpaints like the ones from Cobra (Talens) to see if i have Some reactions on them. I really miss oilpainting, it’s soooo calming to paint with them

  • Reply Samantha C August 23, 2019 at 7:47 pm

    Love the piece and your dive into oils! I started using oils for the first time this past year and I've loved it. It is absolutely a financial investment, to make it a little cheaper I started with water soluble oils so I wouldn't have to use any solvents. I also asked for paints for Christmas so I could get the basic colors and luckily I got them. I've been watching Lena Danya and many of the artists you mention for a long time know. I agree that you can pretty much find everything you need to know to start oil painting on YouTube, it's so wonderful that all of you amazing artists share so much with us for free. I am very thankful for all your content. Art has been a life saver while dealing with the onset of multiple chronic illnesses and cancer, and channels like your can pull me out of great moments of pain and inspire me to pick up a brush no matter how much it may hurt or be hard, and just paint, ya know? Any way I'm rambling now lol but truly, what you do matters a lot, I hope you know that <3

  • Reply Esma Kamarat August 23, 2019 at 7:47 pm

    Love it 🥰

  • Reply Michelle Lynn Fine Art August 23, 2019 at 7:48 pm

    I’m so happy that you decided to try oils! Oil paint is the medium I’m most comfortable working in. I’ve been trying to paint without using a solvent lately. M. Graham makes a medium for oil paint called Walnut Alkyd medium. I just recently learned about it. It helps dry the paint within 24 hours, and then you can layer on top of the painting the next day. You can clean your brushes in between colors by wiping them on a paper towel and then dipping them in walnut or linseed oil, and wiping them on the rag again. Once you’re finished for the day, clean them with dawn dish soap and a brush cleaner. Your painting turned out lovely ❤️

  • Reply DruMeister August 23, 2019 at 7:49 pm

    Damn this video inspired me to paint again

  • Reply Amy Arnold August 23, 2019 at 7:52 pm

    For brush cleaning on a budget I just use the little coil balls they put in protein shakers. You don't really need them to get a good mix in your protein shake but they work really well for brushes in my experience! Swole artists wya

  • Reply thatveganchick August 23, 2019 at 7:53 pm

    I'm here so early! love ya <3

  • Reply Vincent Bode August 23, 2019 at 7:53 pm

    The fat over lean thing doesn't really have too much to do with the amount of paint you put on, it has to do with what you mix the paint with to make it flow better…. the first layer you usually use turpentine or an equivalent to dilute the paint (the solvent make it a lean layer), second layer is a combination of solvent and medium (ratio of say 70% solvent, 30% medium), third layer you flip that around (30 solvent, etc) and the fourth layer you use exclusively medium in your paint. The more medium you use, the thinner the paint, the thinner the colour layer (this is glazing).
    As for the rag thing…. I've been using oil paints for almost 30 years and I simply use loo rolls to wipe my brushes. I simply throw them in one dedicated bin, not too bunched up. Never had a problem….

    A tip: sketch out what you want to paint in an oil-based colour pencil (very light coloured one). If you use a graphite pencil, it will affect the colour of your oil paints, it will show through the layers of oil paint, etc. Also, choosing certain colours will force you to have to work in multiple layers if you want those particular colours to be not be see-through.

    Also, one layer of gesso really isn't enough to keep the oils from soaking into an mdf board….you need 3. I usually go up to 7 on canvas, as I want to get rid of most of the canvas texture…..

  • Reply Mycroft the Younger August 23, 2019 at 7:54 pm

    "From what I can tell and clearly I've got no idea …" 😂 Love the honesty and willingness to share not knowing. (And we're fellow south east London girls 😍) X

  • Reply Keshna Donia August 23, 2019 at 7:55 pm

    I plan to give oils a try after I move. I met someone from a studio I’m working at and they are excited to share their knowledge but thanks for giving us the research you’ve found.

  • Reply Haley Michelle Johnston August 23, 2019 at 7:57 pm

    I got a set of some water mixable oils to start off with because I feel that it’s more beginner friendly, and like you, I am very much intimidated by painting with oils; they kind of scare me I don’t know why. After your video, though, I feel like it’s not as daunting, and now I know what kind of things I will need to research. You’ve given me a good place to start I think, thank you ☺️

  • Reply Lesley Menjivar August 23, 2019 at 7:59 pm

    Oh man I always wanted to try oil painting, but I'm so scared of the spontaneous combustion of the oil soaked rags. Though I did see on Blick's website that there are water mixable oil colors! So I will probably use that to begin with 😄

  • Reply Cherfan Cherfan August 23, 2019 at 8:00 pm

    I am so happy that I watched this video now I want to try oil painting 😂😍

  • Reply Khadijah Designs August 23, 2019 at 8:01 pm

    I haven’t worked with oils since high school and I remember how much I loved it. I love that your video very clearly explains everything and makes me want to pick my tools again! I originally came to your channel to learn about gouache because I never worked with anything other than oil and water. 🙌🏽

  • Reply Rina Quartz August 23, 2019 at 8:01 pm

    So beautiful 😍

  • Reply hello my name is August 23, 2019 at 8:05 pm

    I myself have just started painting with oils a few weeks ago. So watching this video was really helpful and gave me come guidance. I had exactly the same feeling you had before starting oil painting so it was really nice hearing these thoughts from some one else !
    Really enjoyed the video had some really good tips and hope you make more videos in the future about oils and share your experience

  • Reply ted hess August 23, 2019 at 8:05 pm

    Very good for your first oil painting. Gamblin is a wise choice to start with. You might try paper towels (kitchen paper?) for clean-up. I have been painting oils since 1994 and have never had a problem.

  • Reply Julie Celina August 23, 2019 at 8:07 pm

    I think I used exactly the same words as you, I also thought of oil paint as the grown-up's medium 😀 But I also just started using them, it is so much fun

  • Reply brightpurpleviking August 23, 2019 at 8:18 pm

    I work at an hourly job with fast-drying acrylics and then work with oil paints in my home studio. Oils are to acrylics what butter is to margarine. Acrylics are wonderful and have their place…I use them when I want to have a finished product in a short amount of time. But nothing compares to the richness and depth of oil paint. I put my rags in sealed jars before getting rid of them. I also never use alkyd, but maybe I should?. Gamsol has first place in solvents imo, though. Also, never use genuine alizarin crimson because it fades with time. Use permanent alizarin crimson which is the non genuine type. And never use zinc white because it can crack with age.

  • Reply Amira Loutfi August 23, 2019 at 8:28 pm

    Omg Minnie…! You are a multi-talented artistic genius.

  • Reply Meg Louise August 23, 2019 at 8:36 pm

    Watching this I realise how little I actually researched oil painting before I tried it. My palette was a piece of foil wrapped around a paper plate, my "rag" was a folded up piece of kitchen roll, and my solvent was a £1 bottle of white spirits. The painting turned out pretty good even with cheap student quality paint and nothing caught fire or poisoned anybody, so I guess it didn't turn out too badly in the end.

  • Reply Madelein Schrijver August 23, 2019 at 8:38 pm

    never painted with oil paints before, only ever acrylics and some watercolours (in school) but was always better at working with dry mediums, don't think I'll try oils soon but I'm slowly trying watercolours

  • Reply Lena Danya August 23, 2019 at 8:46 pm

    Clicked this immediately as it showed up in my subscription! You did AMAZING 😍 thank you for saying such kind words, I’m so excited to watch you paint with oils and can’t wait to see where this new adventure takes you! ❤️

  • Reply AbbyArtFox August 23, 2019 at 8:47 pm

    *Me on the edge of my seat*: "Omg, please love it. Shes going to love it. I think she'll love it."

  • Reply nen nennen August 23, 2019 at 8:56 pm

    I’m sick and miserable today but you blessed me with your wonderful video
    Thank you for all of your work

  • Reply Pat Kin August 23, 2019 at 8:59 pm

    I understand the intimidation thing from the other side. I painted in oils from 1955 (my first oil was middle school art class) until 2000 when I developed serious allergy symptoms.. in other words hit allergy overload… when I switched to pastels first and then acrylics. I did mostly commissioned family portraits and, as such, neither suited me and I tried watercolor that quickly sat unused until about 4 years ago. I still struggle with it and get all tight before even starting to paint. Now I'm doing water mixable oil which handles differently than oils (they are oils though just modified for water cleanup meaning no turps) and am still reminiscing about my days with oils. Bravo for trying a new medium. You're doing well. My method for safety and disposable was basically burying my rags, etc ,…placing them in a bucket, covering with plastic house painters plastic drop cloth and then buried under layers of kitty litter with fire retardent foam sprayed on top. I've been rural most of my life and always had a place on my own property away from the well and wildlife to bury the whole thing and keep the bucket outside until then. Even when the bucket, etc, deteriorates it must go through layers and layers of rock, sand and earth which filters it before it might reach any ground water if ever. I've been told its even safe to put in our septic system for the same reason. Makes sense as the septic contents don't reach ground water unfiltered either. Enjoy your time with oils. I envy you. 🙂

  • Reply zasha medina August 23, 2019 at 9:00 pm

    I use 2 solvent bottles. One empty one with liquid. Ones ur done painting poor the solvent in one until it separates then poor the clean solvent back on your first bottle. You can store rags in glass jars for disposal adding some water reduces chances of combustion. Use palette knives for sharp edges and to clean sections that got muddy. You start with thin coat to increase the life expectancy of the painting

  • Reply Acacia Rogers Art August 23, 2019 at 9:05 pm

    Ive been painting in oils for a number of years. I started with acrylic and watercolor. With the modern products available now you really dont have to worry nearly as much as you did a few decades ago. Gamsol has a flash point of over 160° as opposed to turpentine which was only 95°. Gamsol also gives off very little fumes. And yes oxidization can cause combustion but thats a lot of oil youd have to be soaking rags with. Like pure linseed oil which you dont even have to use. Just dispose of your paper towels in a metal can with a lid and you will be fine. If you have one thats especially saturated and ur worried just lay it out flat so it will ventilate while it oxidizes and cant produce heat.

  • Reply AbbyArtFox August 23, 2019 at 9:06 pm

    I was working toward an oil painting concentration in my art degree, until it got too expensive to continue. I switched to Printmaking instead.
    BUT I'm finally going to have a dedicated studio space in the coming months to pull my materials back out and start painting away again!
    My favorite techniques/pay-offs are:

    – Changing between wet and dry brushes- this helps with controlled blending.
    – Adding wax (gamblin sells my favorite version of this product) to build up the texture- it also helps the paint dry a little faster; albeit more matte than glossy.
    -Adding more galkyd on the top of dried oil paint to add a really defining gloss/sheen to individual part of the piece. This is key with my more aquatic subject matter.
    – Changing the widths/types of your brushes is great too; I've got these really bristly stiff brushes that are great to start with, and then using softer and smaller ones for detailing.
    -Working with the piece once the existing paint is more tacky (like half dry) can create some more controlled blending and texture.

  • Reply Geraldine Conway August 23, 2019 at 9:07 pm

    I was looking forward to this so much. You took to it like a duck to water. The only complaint I have is that the video was 10 times too short 😂

  • Reply Dee H August 23, 2019 at 9:09 pm

    Hey, I’ve gotten such a late start at making art (I’ll be 47 this year, yay!), that I don’t even plan to add oil to the mix, lol. The plus side to starting so late when I work a pretty high-level full time job is that I can afford whatever materials I want. But, that’s also the downside, lol. I have so many mixed media supplies in my house already, that I don’t dare add oils to this mix! As it is, I’ve got piles of things here that I haven’t even tried yet (like paint pouring & chunky oil pastel sticks). Now Minnie, if you started with some of these water soluble oils I keep hearing about, I might be singing a different tune. But regular oils are way too high maintenance for me, when I still struggle to even call myself an “artist”. But you were one of the folks that piqued my interest in making art in the first place, so who knows! (~Dee, from your old Patreon days 😉)

  • Reply Liz V. Art August 23, 2019 at 9:16 pm

    I like that you added a timer to show us how long you worked on this in real time. That's so clever! It's so easy to think something doesn't take a lot of time when it's sped up. Good luck with this journey! Oil are also something I always saw as being for people who had an "actual" education. But really, in this day and age that isn't the case. Still, the fact that it needs so long to dry puts me off more than anything.

  • Reply Pixie with pens August 23, 2019 at 9:40 pm

    im so glad you finally tried oil paints!! i loved them as soon as i dared try, heres some tips from me on how to try them a lot more budget friendly: winsor & newton winton and daler rowney georgian are both good student grade options, i use both and am pleased with them! other than paints – which btw, if youre unsure if youre gonna like it, you could just get two tubes and try some monochrome paintings to start getting used to the medium before you spend money on more paint. for brushes, different people prefer different things, but ill say that you dont need anything fancy to produce good results. i prefer synthetic brushes as they give a smoother stroke, swine hair brushes are usually whats recommended for oils but those leave hair marks in the paint stroke which i dont personally like. i honestly mostly paint with synthetic childrens crafting brushes and the cheap gouache brushes from my local art shop. a palette knife is good to have! for palette, a flat glass surface is the best – ive bought framed paintings in thrift shops and used that glass for my palette. for cheap painting surface i think the most convenient way is to get a pad of oil painting paper, but canvas boards might be more available where you live, have a look around. gesso makes a nicer painting surface imo but isnt strictly necessary when you have a pre-primed surface.
    about solvents and cleanup: you really should be careful with what you wash down the drain for other paint types as well! what i do is i have a bathroom steel bin with a lid for paint disposal, and since i use it for all kinds of paints, the oil gets soaked in water and nothing catches on fire. i clean my brushes with standard vegetable oil for cooking, wipe the brush with it and throw the paper in the paint bin, and when the paper comes out clean i wash out the oil with regular soap and water. no fancy brush cleaner or solvents required 🙂
    as for solvents, i paint a lot with the paint as it, quite thick. thats completely harmless and safe to do in your bedroom. it smells, but its not dangerous! my preferred solvent when i do use it is liquin fine detail by winsor & newton, which thins the paint and speeds the drying time. it doesnt have any warning triangles on it (unlike stuff like hairspray and hand sanitizer, for perspective), but it does smell more sharp so for that i want my window open. speaking of solvents, fat over lean means that when you add a medium or solvent with oil in it, it gets fatter, so the paint as is would be the lean you start off with! (i got that mixed up a lot at first haha)
    this got really long lol, im just passionate about lowering the threshold to oil painting! hope this was helpful for someone!

  • Reply JJ Garcia-Whippey August 23, 2019 at 9:45 pm

    Love your vids! I started painting because of you! Check it out on insta! @whippey

  • Reply Mel O August 23, 2019 at 9:49 pm

    The fear and uncertainty in your eyes, Minnie!

  • Reply emily hughes August 23, 2019 at 9:58 pm

    the zorn palette is excellent for portraits and skin tones but if you want more vibrant colours for other subjects it isn't a bad idea to depart a bit from it! I work mainly alla prima and the best advice i can give to keep sharp edges and avoid muddiness is to start with your darks and block in areas, working more like filling in puzzle pieces rather than layering! I've tried many brands and gamblin is definitely my favourite.
    I'm going to be posting videos of my oil painting processes on my channel soon if anyone is interested 🙂 Insta: @emhuesart  ✨💕

  • Reply okaykid August 23, 2019 at 10:09 pm

    after this piece has dried completely i would love to see a varnished version. the colors would just pop even more

  • Reply U NiqUtilities August 23, 2019 at 10:26 pm

    Beautiful… The painting was dope too😁

  • Reply Morgan Orazi August 23, 2019 at 10:26 pm

    Point of advice: I’ve been painting with oils for about 5 years now and I do know how daunting it is to worry about clean up. Try not to worry about that when your painting. It can definitely freak you out and get inside your head when your painting and effect how you paint. The cleanup really isn’t as scary as it sounds or as particular. Just relax when oil painting. @minniesmall

  • Reply Cathie Burgess August 23, 2019 at 10:43 pm

    Awesome job for your first oil!! 👏👏👏👏 very impressive. The technique you’ve used is impasto. But if you’re after a realism look, use more alkyd in your paints and paint with thin layers, building your painting bit by bit. The alkyd helps the under layers dry quicker and any areas you don’t like can be built on over and over. 😁👍👍👍

  • Reply April Marie August 23, 2019 at 10:43 pm

    I use old telephone books to wipe my brushes on. At the end of the day I rip off the oily pages and pop them in water, then once a week they go ( soggy ) in to the rubbish 👍 collection.

  • Reply Valium K. August 23, 2019 at 10:54 pm

    I've been drawing for decades and yet, I've never tried painting with oils. Your video did spark an interest, but knowing myself, I think I'll stick to my watercolours!! 😂
    I will be looking forward to your next attempts, have a great weekend!! 😊

  • Reply Old Hag August 23, 2019 at 10:58 pm

    we got to use allkinds of paints in some courses i did in decorative painting but i must say I have never liked oil. I guess I don't have the patient for it. I have a box here at home that I decorated with oilpanintng and took a week to dry. I want stuff that dries fast.i use hairdryers even on acrylics to make them dry faster 😀

  • Reply weirdchick216 August 23, 2019 at 11:03 pm

    I've wanted to try oil paints since high school. I went to an arts school and there was a girl one year below me who was really good at them. Even though I was in an amazing environment to learn I still avoided it due to intimidation. One day I will though.

  • Reply Sydney S. August 23, 2019 at 11:05 pm

    I always enjoy your videos, Minnie. The painting turned out really lovely. Thank you again for sharing this new venture with us! Looking forward to your next one ☺️

    I’ve been using oils for a few years now. I currently use water-soluble oils to cut down on all the solvents. Just regular ol’ water acts as the solvent. I also find that they dry/oxidize a little faster and clean up easier. Beyond those few aspects, they perform just as well as traditional oil paints. For those looking to get into oil painting, but are intimidated/put off by the chemicals and such, give water-mixables a try. Holbein, Royal Talens (Cobra Series), and Winsor Newton (Artisan) all make great water-soluble oil paints and mediums to go along with them ✨👌🏽

  • Reply Annamoon FineArt August 23, 2019 at 11:34 pm

    I don't use solvent to clean brushes. During painting I wipe them on a rag and at the end I do the same like with oily dishes. I use dish soap and some drops of water and work it couple times into the brush and wipe it off and at the end cleaning in water. To make the paint flow I use some small amount of liquid this has no odors but I also let fresh air into room.

  • Reply Adi August 23, 2019 at 11:44 pm

    The finished product was lovely! I'm glad to see you trying something you've long been wanting to do 🙂
    I'm a beginner at painting but I prefer the look of oils, and from what I've heard others say, I think I'll like the texture of them best as well. I see myself using mostly oils in the future; in the meantime I'm learning with acrylic and gouache. Your channel has been one of the main things keeping me motivated and focused on art, and has also been a tremendous resource full of great advice <3

  • Reply LarrivaArt August 23, 2019 at 11:46 pm

    Nice one! I use food-grade walnut oil in my brush washing jar. Negligible fumes and you can usually get it at the grocery store. Just have to get used to a brush that's always slightly oily. Clean up with soap and water, or – as I do – leave the brushes sitting in the open jar until next time.

  • Reply Sophie Jantak August 23, 2019 at 11:55 pm

    This was so inspiring! Today I tried sculpting for the first time (a sweet sleeping boar in polymer clay) and I’m blown away by how much I enjoy working in 3D and with my hands. Experimenting and just diving in, like you say, is so important (and so fun!) and I can’t wait to see more of your oil creations

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