How to Make Oil-Based Paints

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Creating your own oil paints is easier and faster than you may think. Instead of purchasing oil paints from a store, you can purchase the right items to make different colored oil paints as you need them. It only takes a few minutes and some materials may already be laying around your home.

Things You'll Need

  • Pigments Linseed oil Palette knife
  • Pour about 2 tbsp. of pigment onto a hard, flat, dry surface.

  • Make a small dip in your pigment powder with the palette knife. It should look somewhat like a crater in the middle of your pigment.

  • Pour about 1 tsp. of linseed oil into the dip.

  • Roll the remaining pigment on top of the oil, using your palette knife. It should fold over and the oil should not escape out of the pigment.

  • Continue folding the pigment into the oil with your palette knife and blend the oil with the pigment by smashing the pigment down onto the oil.

  • Use the paint after when it is blended into a smooth paste. Repeat the steps above with different colored pigments to create different colored paints.

Tips & Warnings

  • To store paints, put them in small airtight jars with lids. If the paint starts to thicken, add a drop or two of linseed oil to get it smooth again.

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