Six Oil Painting Must-Haves

Congratulations on your decision to choose oil painting as an outlet for your creativity. If you are just a beginner to oil painting, here are the things you’ll need.

Oil Paints

The number one item on your list should be oil paints. There are hundreds of oil paint colors that you can choose from. Art supply stores even offer these in basic color sets, so you can begin experimenting with combining colors according to your preference.


Unlike your basic watercolor kit during your elementary days, there are a variety of brushes that are best used for oil painting.

The hog bristle brush is the least expensive, most versatile, and can be used for a variety of effects. Fine haired brushes will give you smoother finishes and can help you create the finest detail.


Palettes are available in glass, wood, or plastic. Choose the one you think would work best for you and your budget. Just keep in mind that you should choose a palette that is big enough to allow you to easily mix the paints and can be re-used.

Paint Surface

You can choose from wood hardboard, canvas, paper, or linen as your surface to paint on. Keep in mind that some surfaces need to be primed before you can use it for oil painting. Ask your local art retailer if they already have pre-primed paint surfaces or how you can have one primed.

Painter’s Easel

Oil painting can consume hours of your time, which is why it is important that you have an easel to keep your work stable while providing you with a good height for working while painting. Choose an easel that fits your work area (as well as your budget).

Paint Thinners or Mineral Spirits

Oil paints cannot be removed or cleaned from brushes just by using soap and water. You would need paint thinners or mineral spirits to remove oil paint from your brushes (and your skin).