In this blog we tell you everything you need to know about painting with oil paint in 3 steps:

Step 1: Painting

Step 2: Varnish

Step 3: Framing


paint Oil paint is made from oil and pigment. The paint dries by air and light. However, this drying process takes quite a while, much longer than with other paints. The less ventilation and light, the slower the paint will dry. So don’t put your painting in a corner that is too dark to dry.

In our webshop and our store in Zwolle we have several brands of oil paint . The difference between the brands lies in the amount of pigment in the paint. The more pigment, the more beautiful and powerful the colors. Do you want to start with oil paint? Then the Van Gogh or Winton oil paint is a very nice choice.

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Prefer a little more pigment? Then go for the Rembrandt or Old Holland oil paint: the best quality.

The different brands of oil paint can also be combined well. If you want to make a certain color stand out even more, you can also choose a higher quality paint.

We have beautiful sets of all brands with the basic colors that you need in any case.

Step 1: Painting

All the necessities at home? Then the painting can begin! You can use two techniques: ‘Allaprima’ or ‘layered painting’.


With this technique you paint wet-on-wet. You don’t wait for a layer to dry, but keep painting. As a result, you not only mix the colors on your palette, but also on your painting.

You finish your painting as long as the paint is still wet. In the end you get a painting that consists of one layer of paint.

You can use the oil paint straight from the tube or dilute it. Do you want to thin the paint? Then always use the same diluent. With painting medium you get the best result with this technique.

Layered painting

The name says it all, with this technique you build up your painting from several layers of paint. When you start a next layer, the previous layer must be so dry that it no longer mixes with the new layer.

From lean to fat

Build up your painting from lean or lean paint to oily paint. Each layer should be slightly fatter and therefore contain more oil. You do this with the help of your solvents.

The first layer is thinned with a solvent that makes the oil paint lean: white spirit, turpentine or Gamsol. The more of these solvents you use, the leaner the paint.

Step 2: Varnish

Are you done painting your new masterpiece? Then of course you want to protect it well against dirt and aging. You do that with varnish .

Retouching varnish

Is your painting nice and dry after a few weeks? Then you can apply touch-up varnish to protect your artwork. This varnish does not completely isolate your painting from the environment. Great, because this allows the oil paint to dry completely while your artwork is protected against dirt.

Use the touch-up varnish sparingly and paint only a thin layer on your painting. Too thick and your artwork turns into a sticky dust magnet, the opposite of what you want to achieve!

Touch-up varnish is available in a bottle and an aerosol. Do you work from a bottle? Then apply the varnish with a soft spatula, such as the Da Vinci 5080 .

Step 3: Framing

Yes, your first oil painting is finished! You must have learned a lot and tried hard. You better show that!

A beautiful frame completes your work of art.

In our store in Zwolle we have a frame shopwith a huge choice of frames, from modern to classic. We are happy to admire your painting and can then advise you on a matching frame.

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