Oil Painting

Oil Painting

However, if you’re just starting out, you shouldn’t expect Old Masters reality to come from your first artwork. Whether you are new to painting, or an artist who usually works in another medium, such as acrylics or watercolors, it will take some time to learn the specific properties of oil painting – especially its slow drying time and strict layering rules. As with all media, it is best to relieve yourself of high expectations and give yourself room for experimentation and discovery.
To help light-eyed artists eager to try oils, we talked to two artists who also teach painting and put together five tips to familiarize yourself with the medium.

Below is a list of frequently asked questions about BOB ROSS Oil Painting Technique and some instructions on the use and care of the materials.


This technique refers to the softening of hard edges and the most visible brush strokes by mixing the wet oil paint on the cloth with a clean, dry brush. When mixing, an already painted surface brushes very lightly with cross-beams or by gently tapping the brush's corners. This gives colors a soft and natural look. Not all oil paintings are suitable for this technique - most are too soft and tend to slip. Only a thick solid color is suitable for this technique.


To blend colors into a marble effect, place the different colored paintings on the palette's mixing area and use your palette knife to pick up and fold the paintings together and then draw plates. Streaks of each color should be visible in the mixture. Do not mix.


When you mix paintings for application over thicker colors that are already on the canvas, especially when you add height colors, wipe the paint with LIQUID WHITE, EQUAL CLEAR or ODORLESS THINNER. The rule to remember here is that a thin color will stick to a thicker color.


Wet wet painting requires regular and careful cleaning of your paintbrush brushes. An empty coffee pot with a pound is ideal for keeping thinner, or using any container about 5 "in diameter and at least 6" deep. Place a Bob Ross screen in the bottom of the can and fill in odorless thinner approximately 1 "above the screen.

Wipe your larger brushes by gently pinning them to the inside of the coffee pot and then slaughtering the brushes against a brush bar shelf mounted inside a long kitchen basket to remove the thinner reminder. Smaller brushes can be cleaned by wiping them with a paper towel or cloth (I strongly recommend using Viva paper towels because they are highly absorbent). Do not leave the brushes back to the plastic bag after use so that the brushes become lightweight. Never clean your Bob Ross brushes with soap and water or detergents as this will destroy the brush's natural strength. Store your brushes with brushes up or lying flat.


Use the 2-brush with long, vertical and vertical strokes across the duct.


I suggest using a palette of at least 16 "x20" in size. Try to arrange the colors around the outer edge of the palette from light to dark. Leave the center of the palette to blend your colors.


To fill the brush's internal brushes, first hold it perpendicular to the palette and work the brushes in the color bar. Then hold the brush at a 45 degree angle, pull the brush over the pallet and away from the pile of color. Turning your brush from side to side will ensure that both sides are evenly loaded.

(NOTE: When the brush comes to a sharp or sharp flat edge, the brush is properly loaded.)

For some strokes you can get the end of the brush to be rounded. To do this, stand the brush vertically on the palette. Carefully pull against you and work the brush in one direction. Lift off the palette with each stroke. This will tend to round the end of the brush, paint with the rounded end.


Place the tip of your brush in the jar WHITE, LIQUID CLEAR or ODORLESS THINNER allows only a small amount of medium to remain on the brush. Load your brush by gently pulling it through the marker colors, repeating as needed. Gently press the brush against the palette just enough to open the brushes and release the paint.


With your palette knife, pull the mixture of color into a thin layer over the palette. Hold your knife in a straight up position, pull the long edge of your knife diagonally across the color. This creates a color of your knife.


There are no great mysteries to painting. You just need the desire, some basic techniques and some practice. If you are new to this technique, I strongly recommend that you read the entire section on "TIPS AND TECHNIQUES" before you begin your first painting. Think of every painting you create as a learning experience. Add your own special touch and ideas to every painting you make and your confidence and ability increase at an incredible rate.


The BOB ROSS technique for painting depends on a special oil painting for the base colors. Colors used mainly for highlights (Yellows) are made in thinner texture for easier mixing and application. The use of proper equipment helps to ensure the best possible results.

Liquid Clear is a particularly exciting ingredient for wet-on-wet painting. Like Liquid White / Black, it creates the necessary smooth and slippery surface. In addition, Liquid Clear has the advantage of not diluting the intensity of other colors, especially those darknesses that are so important for painting ocean landscapes. Remember to apply Liquid Clear very sparingly! The tendency is to apply larger quantities than necessary because it is so difficult to see.

13 colors we use are listed below:

* Alizarin Crimson
* Sap Green, Bright Red
* Dark Sienna
* Pthalo Green
Titanium White,
* Pthalo Blue,
* Indian yellow
* Van Dyke
* Midnight Black
Yellow Ocher
* Prussian blue (* indicates colors that are transparent or semi-transparent and which can be used as paintings where transparency is required.)

How do I mix colors?

The blend of colors can be one of the most rewarding and fun parts of the painting, but can also be one of the most fearful procedures. Add some time to mix different color combinations and become familiar with the basic color mixes. Study the colors of nature and practice the colors you see around you every day. Within a very short time you will be so comfortable mixing colors that you look forward to every painting as a new challenge.


Any problem # 1 that individuals experience at first attempt with this technique and the main cause of disappointment is the use of products intended for other paints or materials not intended for artwork at all (ie, house paint brushes, thin mushroom paintings, etc.).

All paintings for this technology were created using Bob Ross colors, brushes and palette knives. To achieve the best results from your efforts, I strongly recommend that you use only products specially designed for use with Bob Ross wet-on-wet technology.

How long will it take my beauty to dry?

The drying time varies depending on many factors such as heat, humidity, color thickness, paint surface, paint color, agents used with paint etc. Another factor is the individual colors used. Different colors have different drying times (that is, Blue will normally dry very quickly while colors such as red, white and yellow are very slowly dried). A good average time for an oil painting to dry, when painted in this technique, is about a week.


Painting a painting protects it from the elements. It also helps keep the colors more vivid. If you decide to paint your painting, I suggested that you wait at least six months. It takes so long for an oil painting to be completely cured. Use a good, non-yellowing paint spray. Personally I spray my paintings after about 4 weeks and have not had any problems.