You can use different media together to create some amazing art works - and you don;t have to be a very good drawer.  Somewhere along the line it will make things difficult for you, but starting out you wont have too much of a problem.

I prefer using dry medium like soft pastels together with oil paints, linseed oil and turpentine.  Also pencil, oil or acrylics and many many more.  One rule though - fat on lean, meaning you cannot use water based media on top of any oil media.  But you can use oil on top of water media.

I can only use what is in my make-shift studio at the moment I will supply the pictures, then guide you through each step.  We can do landscape, partial portraiture and figurative as well as stills.

Papers and tissue can also be added.


Interpretation of source

Easy drawing

Applying dry media

Apply diluents (oils or water)

Adding paints

Additional work

Materials Needed

  • Flat palette / disposable palette
  • Jam jar x 2
  • Paper towel or toilet paper 
  • Rags - around 20 x 20 cm square, old T-Shirt material ideal
  • Turpentine (I use odourless artists turpentine) and refined linseed oil for oils and water for acrylics for cleaning and undercoating
  • Brushes - your most important tool.  Use good quality flat or bright bristle brushes, no soft synthetic brushes please, #1,2,4,6,8,10.  Brushes don't last long - accept this.
  • Palette knife, diamond shape # 5 or 6
  • Masking tape
  • Paints - don't go for cheap small tube sets.  Choose larger (economical) good quality student range paints like Daler Rowney or better.
  • The minimum colours you can get away with is white, blue, red and yellow
  • Canvas - primed good quality

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