From Acrylics To Oil Painting in 5 Easy Steps
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- 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.
- Beginners who want to explore oil paintng.
- Artists who want to speed up painting using acrylic layers before adding oil paints.
A brief description of the concept of using acrylics to help with the transition to oil paintings.
The basic materials for the acrylic stage and oil painting stages are explained.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 https://www.facebook.com/groups/paintwithimpact/ and join the group