Oil painting tutorials

Learn to oil paint

Learn to oil paint: oil painting is a wonderfully versatile medium that can be used with a variety of techniques. The benefit of oil paint is the vivid and lustrous results that can be achieved. In these tutorials, find guides on the best supplies, information about colour theory, tutorials on different techniques and how to put your knowledge to practice.

How to start oil painting

To start learning to oil paint as a beginner, first learn about the different supplies you need in this tutorial. To get an idea of how to get started with the medium, refer to our oil painting for beginners tutorial. If you want to further your skills and learn some more in depth knowledge, read up on colour theory, how to mix colour and how to paint realism.

How to Prepare a Surface for Oil Painting

A step-by-step guide showing you how to properly prepare a surface for oil painting, so that it’s primed and ready to use.

The Top-Rated Palettes for Oil Painting

Discover the features that make for an excellent oil painting palette with reviews of the best products available to buy.

The Best Easels: How to Choose an Easel for Painting

Find the best type of easel for your art practice and read reviews of different types of easels, their price points and functions.

How to Varnish an Oil Painting

In this step-by-step guide, find out how to varnish an oil painting, what to use and when to apply it for the best results.

Oil Painting Supplies for Beginners: A Guide

An in-depth guide about the essential supplies you need for oil painting. Find out what materials you need and how to use them.

The Fat Over Lean Rule in Oil Painting: Explained

It’s the most important technique to grasp when learning to oil paint. Master this and you can ensure that your paintings will last.

‘Oiling Out’ A Painting: How to Restore Dulled Colours

Learn how to restore the colours in your oil painting and prevent ‘sinking in’.

Alla Prima (Wet on Wet) Tutorial

Learn all about the alla prima technique. Discover what it is, the artists that famously used it and how to try it for yourself.