Join Date: Feb 2014
Location: Forest Hills, NY
2. I paint really small still lives, so I use really small synthetic brushes. You can really use anything, just get a variety of sizes and textures so you can decide what you like. Also, don't use your acrylic brushes for oil and vice versa. It ruins them.
3. starter palette for everyone: Titanium white, alizarin crimson, cadmium red, cadmium yellow, ultramarine blue, cerulean, burnt umber, burnt sienna, yellow ochre, blue black. You might want to try out a light green and a pthalo blue too because they are marine things. but be careful with pthalos, they are like poison and can easily turn your entire palette blue. Use sparingly.
4. get a bunch, see what works for you. I use brushed meant for acrylic paint. as long as you don't go back and forth, you'll be fine.
5. Gamsol (paint thinner) you're going to need this and a bit of oil to mix into the paint and use like you would water with acrylics. Also, use it for cleaning your brushes. Bounty paper towels (Bounty leaves less fuzz than others) or cloth rags. Glass palette, glass jars for medium. Palette knife, razor blade (for cleaning your palette).
Good luck. don't get too frustrated. oil paint is super sticky and icky at first and takes some times to get used to. make sure you let it dry enough in-between coats!