How to Paint with Water Mixable Oil Paints

How to Paint with Water Mixable Oil Paints


Hi everyone! I’ve been wanting to try oil painting and
since I usually paint with watercolor and acrylics, I thought it would be easiest to
start with water soluble oil paints. So, I got this starter kit as a Christmas
present. It’s called Marie’s water mixable oil color
studio set. There’s 12 basic colors and also a small bottle
of water mixable linseed oil. When you use water soluble oil paints, you
can clean the brushes with water and soap instead of using turpentine or turpenoid. You can also dilute water soluble oil paints
with water, but it’s recommended to use linseed oil instead. You can paint on canvas or cardboard and I
tried both. I primed the cardboard with gesso. Two layers. I used my acrylic gesso, which works for both
acrylic painting and oil painting. You also need something for mixing your paint. I’ve seen many oil painters use the glass
of a picture frame or you could use a wood palette. I just wanted to try out some of the colors
first and how they blend straight from the tube or with water. And then I made my first actual oil painting
on canvas. I wanted to paint something easy at first
so I used an old lily sketch and transferred that onto this small, square canvas. Then I made an underpainting of just the outlines
in brown acrylic paint so that the underpainting would dry fast. Then I started painting with oils. The paint was really thick and I tried diluting
it with water, but it didn’t help much. Then I tried diluting the paint with linseed
oil and it was much better. It was so much smoother and easier to blend
the paint. I used a dry brush for blending. One problem I had was that oil paints are
really shiny and I was painting with the canvas flat on the table at first, but the glare
was so bad I had to put the painting upright on an easel eventually. Before painting, I read the oil paint sections
from my art books and watched some oil painting tutorials. One thing I was confused about was the fat
over lean rule. I thought it meant that the first layer should
have less paint and then the next layer should be thicker, but actually it’s not about that. It’s about the amount of oil. So each new layer has to have more oil, because
oil dries slower. So either you put paint thinner in the first
layer. With traditional oils that would be turpenoid
or turpentine. And then in the next layer you need to have
more oil so you could leave out the solvent or start adding oil like linseed oil. I made two oil paint layers for this painting. And I already added linseed oil to the first
layer and I don’t really have any solvent, because I tried water and didn’t like it. So in the second layer, I had to add at least
the same amount of linseed oil, to make sure the new layer won’t crack. And for the first layer I covered the bigger
areas and in the second layer I added details. Water soluble oil paints should dry faster
than traditional oils, but when you add linseed oil, it will slow down the drying time. I was impressed with these colors. I only used one yellow, one blue and white
to mix all of the greens of the background. Thank you for watching!

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