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The top oil painting tips and techniques to style up your artwork

Are you learning to paint? You can improve your skills by taking up different classic and modern techniques to help you out. When working on oil paintings, some techniques will be better suited than others. So, how do you get the best oil painting every time?

Here are the top tips and techniques to consider

The right brush grip and orientation

While there are many ways in which artists can grip their brush, oil paintings will require precision and fluidity. You should hold your brush as far back as you can to ensure very sensitive strokes.  You should also master your brush orientation, especially if it features a double edge. You can work with the flat side for wide strokes and the sides for sharper lines. You will be able to paint quicker, as well as ensure more precise strokes on your oil painting.

Varying your pressure

Heavy hands will ruin your oil painting. If you are working with an oil-based medium, all your strokes will tow the delicate balance between a perfect and ruined finish. In order to get the best results, you should apply minimal pressure to your strokes. You should familiarise yourself with the appearance of heavy, medium and light strokes. This will help you check yourself and reduce the risk of a damaged painting.

Watch your medium and colours

A painting medium is essential for oil paintings because it modifies the paint and allows for unique textures and finishes. While there is no standard measure for medium, you should avoid using too much of it as it could make your paint flat. The right medium will ensure energetic colour and vibrant paintings. Remember to keep your colours untainted by ensuring your brushes are clean. You should consider cleaning your brushes as often as you can, as well as in between colour switches to keep your colours intense and pure throughout.

Minimise your mixing and know your paint needs

Mixing up different colours will add rich flavor to your oil paintings. However, you need to find the right balance to avoid overdoing it. You should not mix more than four colours, and avoid over-mixing to retain a vivid and interesting combination. You can increase your colour knowledge by working up from two colour mixes. Your painting will very likely feature different strokes all around. These may feature different densities, measurements and intensity. In order to get the right touch, you need to know how to balance your paint.

Using a wet and dry brush

Changing up your brushes can help you get a great texture and finish on your painting. You should try out both the wet and dry brush to increase your expertise on transitions, gradients and textures, working with both brushes will also help you learn different techniques such as the wet-in-wet painting, which can be great for brick and wall painting.


If you are interested in oil painting, these tips should help improve your finish and overall art. Remember to keep it innovative and interesting by trying out different techniques.