Oil painting is essentially the art of painting using pigments on a medium of dried oil as a binder. Commonly used dry mediums include olive oil, poppy seed oil, walnut oil, cornstarch, and sesame oil. The choice of mediums imparts a variety of characteristics to the oil painting, including the degree of drying or yellowing. Drying time is usually less for oils that contain a greater percentage of solvents, so they can be applied more easily and quickly than other mediums.
The oil painting technique is relatively simple. You begin by preparing your painting surface by scraping it clean and then buffing it lightly. The area to be painted will need to be prepared by wiping it down with a soft cloth or a damp rag, using a soft cloth to apply the paint directly to the area. If the painting surface is damp, make sure the oil or thinner is applied gently. Make sure all corners and lines are covered with oil or thinner. If you are using oil paints, you need to add a little water to the surface before adding the pigment. After that, you can begin painting.
If you have a picture that you want to use, or even if you just want to do an oil painting on your own, it is important to get good quality oil paints and supplies. In general, oil paints are expensive, but the payoff is worth it. They are very durable and will not fade. There is no need to worry about fading as long as they are exposed to sunlight. And you do not have to wait a long time for the painting to dry; most oil paintings take about six hours to dry. Oil paints are ideal for people who have small children and pets.