Well Im breaking into the new medium. I Figure it times I started so I got set up
Brand: Winsor & Newton
Colours: Cadmium Yellow Hue
Caddmium Red Hue
Permanet Alizarin Crimson
Lineseed Oil Alkali Refinded (does it make it thinker?)
Brand: Winsor & Newton
Sizes: 4, 6, 8, 10
I got a pallete Knife and a wood pallete dealie.
anyway I just realized I dont have anything clean my brushes with!?
Do I have to go out and buy brush cleaner or is there just something around the house id be able to use?
Now Im setup is what practices would you recommend to get famialar with the meduim?
I'm not really an expert as I'm only just starting out with oils, but for rinsing your brushes I reccomend turps, with a rag to wipe them with after. I'm still learning myself but for tips and such I've been getting books from the library. Hope this helps!
Linseed oil thins out paints by reducing the ratio of medium to colour. although the paint itself doesn't become thinner, the colour to the paint does.
As for practices, look at the stickies at the top of this section and the CA Academy (in education and learning section) Good luck with your paintings
I would suggest adding ivory black to your paint selection. Use a minimum of 5 values. I would suggest premixing them. Liquin is a modified oil medium like a jelly. It dries fast "which is not always to your advantage in oil painting", But it is a good medium to start with. I suggest you do a monochromatic painting first, "Ivory black and white" as a warm up. Select an image to copy or simply paint a still life "alla prima" at one sitting, to get use to the way the paint handles. If the medium dries too fast try mixing Mineral spirits with the linseed oil "about half and half" for a more oily medium for now. Stand oil or sun thickened oil is much better and more durable than linseed oil which really is only good for grinding pigment into paint. My website shows on the works in progress page a sketch and the first layer of paint. Have fun and relax!
Kyle J Stevens
Your thinner is supposed to be your primary brush cleaner. Your linseed oil is your painting medium that you cut, or thin your paint with.
You need thinner, natural, or citrus thinner, and in fact, a company named gamblin makes a thinner called gamsol, it is natural, and it is safe as can be...it is said you can drink it...you try, I'm not gonna try it...heh
then after you finish painting, you use a paint cleaner called The Masters Brush Cleaner and Preserver...it is soap that cleans the brushes.
While you are painting, make sure you have a can with a strainer, or a screen of some kind at the bottom of it to clean off the debris, dirt, or what have you from the brush as you paint, and lots of rags to keep those brushes very clean as you mix each color up.
And yes, you might want to add black to that palette just to give you a well rounded value scheme, as well as a full color range, as black and white are tint/toner agents in color painting...
Hope that gives you some help.