It is important to understand the differences between oil-based and acrylic paints before you begin painting. It is easy to change or fix mistakes in oil paints because they dry so slowly.
Translucent oil paint, Semi-Opaque Oil Paint and Opaque Oil Paint are the three types of finishes that you can choose from – extra resources!
The clear paints are transparent and can be used for rain, sunlight bursts, mist or anything that needs to look light.
The opaque paint will not show through and is used when a vibrant color or finish is desired. Most of the base elements of a piece of artwork will be painted in opaque paints.
Semi-Transparent Paints are made by mixing Transparent and Opaque paints. Partially Translucent Paint is used to soften a colour or for subtle highlights. As your skills and knowledge improve, you may change the way that you apply these different paint finishes.
Linseed Oil is widely used with oil paints. It makes the colour more vibrant and extends the life of the paint. When you add Linseed Oil to paint it is referred to as “prolonged Paint”. When paint is to be used straight out of the tube it will be labeled “limited paint”.
You should consider the board on which your paint will be dispersed. If you are combining Linseed Oil with all of your paints, it will also be done on the palette. You’ll usually combine several oil colors on the palette to achieve desired textures and colours.
You’ll be painting your picture on the fabric itself. Before you begin painting, apply a base coat of paint to your fabric. The fabric will not reflect as much light. Oil-based paints dry extremely slowly, as previously reported.