Oil Painting For Dummies
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Before you begin an oil painting project, make sure you have all the necessary supplies and get organized to avoid disruptions. Use this list as a guide for assembling the most useful oil painting materials:

  • Oil Paints (in 37 ml Tubes)

    • Cadmium Yellow Light (hue)

    • Cadmium Red Light (hue)

    • Alizarin Crimson

    • Ultramarine Blue

    • Mars Black

    • Titanium White

    • Yellow Ochre

    • Cerulean Blue (hue)

  • Other Necessary Supplies and Equipment

    • Gamsol or Turpenoid, 16 oz. can

    • Linseed oil

    • Canvas panel or stretched canvas, sized for specific project

    • Three small to medium glass jars with lids

    • Rags and paper towels

    • Palette knife (metal, not plastic)

    • Palette (glass or disposable paper palette with tear-off sheets)

    • Four to five bristle brushes, 1⁄4 inch to 3⁄4 inch

    • Tackle box or container to carry all this stuff

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Anita Giddings and Sherry Stone Clifton are award-winning artist-educators who have made careers out of teaching beginning artists of all aspirations.

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