If you've ever walked through an art shop, you'll be aware of the sheer number of materials available. You have dozens of options even if you stick to one medium like oils. It's easy to get a lot of paint tubes and not see any paint in them. You don't have to spend so much to start oil painting. You will actually find that a limited number of materials is better than none at all when you start.
What's Oil Paint?
Oil paint is a slow-drying type of paint made up of pigment particles suspended in a drying oil. This oil is commonly known as linseed oil. To increase the glossiness of the oil paint film, a solvent can be added, such as white spirit or turpentine, to modify its viscosity.
Oil painting has many advantages
Differences Between Student And Artist Grade Paints
When choosing oil paint, you need to consider the following factors: vibrancy, composition, and consistency.
A brief overview of all the important points:
Their vibrancy and brightness will make the most significant difference between artist-grade paints and student-grade paints. Artist-grade paints are usually made from one pure pigment source, which results in brighter and more vivid colors. Oil paints that contain a mixture of both will lose their luster.
Companies may use fillers or extenders to reduce the overall amount of pigment used in oil paints. This can lead to two problems: It can also dull the colors and cause cracking or yellowing of the paint. This is because artist-grade paints aren't usually loaded with extra junk, which ultimately increases the cost per tube. These oil paints are for students. Although not necessarily bad, it is important to remember that student-grade paints can only be used for learning and not to create finished pieces to display.
This preference is primarily personal. Some artists might prefer a 'grainy' texture paint to one that's creamy or buttery. The type of oil paint you choose to use will depend on what supporting mediums you prefer to use with your artwork.
This is the paint will retain its colors if exposed to UV light in normal conditions. Ratings for paints are determined using ASTM - ratings are not tied to brands. Most artist-grade paints have a lightfastness rating of I - III (with I the highest).
Based on the lightfastness rating, here's an idea of when paint should start to fade.
I. Excellent – over 100 years
II. Very Good - 50 to100 years
III. Fair – 15 to 50 Years
IV. Poor - 2 to 15 years
V. Very poor – less than 2 Years