From Acrylics To Oil Painting in 5 Easy Steps
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From Acrylics To Oil Painting in 5 Easy Steps

How to use acrylic paints to make your step into stunning oil painting easier and more rewarding.
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Created by Malcolm Dewey
Last updated 9/2018
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This course includes
  • 1.5 hours on-demand video
  • 2 articles
  • 3 downloadable resources
  • Full lifetime access
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  • Certificate of Completion
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What you'll learn
  • To learn how to move into oil painting with confidence.
  • To develop a helpful method to make oil painting easier for beginners.
  • To speed up the oil painting process without losing impact.
  • A set of acrylic paints and oil paints, brushes from numbers 4 - 10 in filbert or long flat shapes, easel, painting panels in size 10" x 12", pencil and oil painting medium such as white spirits and linseed oil.
  • Colors to include cadmium yellow light, cadmium red light, ultramarine blue, burnt sienna, yellow ochre and titanium white

Many beginners are intimidated by oil painting and paint with acrylics instead. The approach of painting in layers using oils can be difficult to control leading to spoiled colors. A way to solve this transition is to use acrylics to lay out the painting and then move onto oils to complete the painting. By following a simple step-by-step process the transition to oil painting can be done quickly and easily.

Complete a large oil painting in one day!

This course will show you a step-by-step method that you can use with confidence. A series of demonstration videos will clearly show you how to prepare your painting surface in acrylics. Then compose and lay in your shapes using acrylics. Develop shapes in acrylics followed by oil painting stages to complete the painting.

This approach will give you confidence to learn oil painting with a solid foundation in acrylics. Once you are confident with this transition method you can decide to leave out the acrylic stage altogether. Alternatively retain the acrylic stages as a practical method to complete oil paintings quickly.

The course is structured around the typical painting process from idea to preparation of painting materials and finally the painting steps itself.

Who this course is for:
  • Beginners who want to explore oil paintng.
  • Artists who want to speed up painting using acrylic layers before adding oil paints.
Course content
Expand all 16 lectures 01:30:41
+ Introduction
3 lectures 08:17

A brief description of the concept of using acrylics to help with the transition to oil paintings.

Preview 03:32

The basic materials for the acrylic stage and oil painting stages are explained.

Preview 03:36

Details of the materials used in this course.

Materials Summary
+ A Quick Primer: Composition
1 lecture 03:36

I look at the reference we will be using and discuss the composition elements. Composition is VERY important to the success of a painting. Usually less is more so try to crop to a tight composition rather than an expansive one. But it all depends on what you want to say. Then again brevity is a virtue. Focus on one powerful part of a scene and you will likely have a good composition.

Preview 03:36
+ Shapes & Value Introduction
1 lecture 04:32

A brief outline about what I am looking for in this reference photo as far as composition, shapes and values are concerned.

Basics of Shapes and Values
+ Step 1: Tone in Acrylics
1 lecture 03:44

Step 1 of the acrylic stage is to tone the painting surface.

Step 1: Tone Your Painting Surface
+ Step 2: Draw & Compose Your Subject
1 lecture 04:40

In Step 2 you can draw in the basic shapes for the composition. Download the reference photo below and try this for yourself. No details, but rather placement of the main elements of the composition. A copy of the photo has been added for you to print out if you wish.

Step 2: Draw the Basic Composition
+ Step 3: Acrylic Blocking In
2 lectures 19:13

Step 3 is the start of the blocking in of main shapes, light and dark values and mid value colors.

Acrylics Block In (Part 1)

I finish the blocking in with acrylic paints. The basic shapes, lights and darks as well as color relationships are now in place.

Acrylic Block In (Part 2)
+ Step 4: Oils Blocking In
3 lectures 20:06

In Step 4 we need to decide on a few things: Do we paint a glaze over the dried acrylic, or a transparent layer of oil painting medium or simply paint directly onto the dry acrylic surface? This depends on the type of painting and the concept behind the painting too. I find that a thin coat of glaze or medium makes the oil paint more pliable as far as edges are concerned. A glaze, either warm or cool, can also add another dimension the the oil painting. In this example I am going to use a glaze made up of burnt sienna, with a medium consisting of equal parts linseed oil and white spirits. The warm glaze will add a earthy harmony to this sunny landscape scene.

Step 4: Prepare Paint Surface for Oils

After a few minutes I remove some of the glaze leaving a film of glaze behind. The glaze adds harmony to the painting, influences the upcoming oil layer and helps oil paint to bond to the surface.

Step 4: Remove the Glaze

In the final stage of Step 4 we complete the light and dark blocking in with oil paints.

Step 4: Block In Shapes and Values in Oils
+ Step 5: Define & Develop in Oils
2 lectures 19:51

In Step 5 we refine the shapes and work on the mid-value colors. The painting is nearing completion only after one layer of oils being applied yet the painting has a deep, rich appearance thanks to the acrylic base layer.

Step 5: Define Shapes in Oils

Step 5 Finishing touches is all about those few details that add interest and spark to your painting.

Step 5: Finishing Touches
+ Summing Up
2 lectures 06:41

In the end it is all about the painting and the process. Try the method and decide it it works for you. I hope you have enjoyed this demonstration and can take something of value out of it.

Thank you

PS: I have started a closed Facebook group for artists enrolled in my courses or workshops. The groups are for more community sharing of tips, painting progress, Q&A sessions. If you are interested check out and join the group

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