Oil Painting Tools & Materials

A very adaptable medium, oil lends itself to a variety of painting styles—from precise, realistic strokes to free-flowing, expressionistic forms. And oil paint is an ideal medium for beginners: the paints dry slowly, allowing you to take your time and correct any mistakes. Oil paints must be thinned with turpentine or another mineral spirit, which makes cleanup more difficult than with water-soluble media, but the wonderful qualities of oil make it worth the extra effort.


Oil paints are available in two distinctive qualities: artist’s grade and student’s grade. Artist’s grade paints contain better-quality pigments and fewer additives, so they last longer and produce more intense color. You don’t need ...

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