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How to Oil Paint - Layering by PhilipBohlmann How to Oil Paint - Layering by PhilipBohlmann
The piece I use in this tutorial isn't even done yet, but I've been dying to get this up for the last 2 days. It's a pretty simple beginner tutorial on layering oil paints. There are many different styles of painting, this tutorial outlines the style I end up using the most.

I hope this is well received, I would love to make more tutorials. Maybe one day I'll even buy a nice HD camera and make some youtube video tutorials.

Anyway, let me know if you like it. Spread the word!

Look for the finished piece in the next few weeks.

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How to Oil Paint - Layering by =PhilipBohlmann is one of the best realism traditional painting tutorials I have seen in a long time, it is skilfully written and is very informative. ( Suggested by vertMB and Featured by znow-white )
DLTrevino Featured By Owner Aug 29, 2013
"'Fat over Lean,' not the new Texas food pyramid."  lmao
Dublinia Featured By Owner Jan 27, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Very straightforward and informative! Great!
Syvelli Featured By Owner Oct 21, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
This is really helpful, as I'm about to start working with oil paints. Could you tell me the recommended amount of time I should let pass between working on layers?
PhilipBohlmann Featured By Owner Dec 18, 2012
Sorry for the late reply. It really varies with your technique. If your paints are not fully dry then the lower layers will muddy up the new layers. You can use this to your advantage however if you are doing some intricate blending. I would just start by letting the lower layers drying completely. Usually you will see them get a more dull sheen in a glancing light as they dry. You can also test them by touching a dry, clean brush and seeing if it sticks. As you start, I would just let the layers dry fully and then when you get more comfortable experiment with wet layers.

Syvelli Featured By Owner Dec 18, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thank you so so much, this helps me a great deal! :D
M0NY11 Featured By Owner Nov 20, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Good questions, any answer yet?
Syvelli Featured By Owner Nov 21, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
So far, not yet.
designing-my-life-x Featured By Owner Jul 17, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Very helpful! Thanks! :)
adventwinter Featured By Owner Dec 31, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
Wow. This makes me want to start oil painting. My friends bought me a set of oil colours [link] I have no idea how to get started or what I need to get started. Could someone help me, please?
i want to try oil painting but i have no idea what to buy. any suggestions???
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