Limited Palette

Hello loves, a very warm welcome to my page! I created this blog to teach people the basics of oil painting and ultimately encourage anyone, no matter what age…. to just try creating art through painting! Even if you don’t think you’re good at it! Promise you it will make a huge difference on your stress levels and you will find a peace like no other.

In this post I will be discussing why buying fewer oil paints can actually be useful. Oil paint itself is a little pricey, so it’s alright to buy a couple of standard colors instead of splurging on every color you think you need. The thing I love most about paint is how well it mixes and the numerous amount of colors you can create. With a limited palette you are forced to create colors that may end up not even existing by the tube, therefore making your color palette more unique. Having a limited supply of oil paint also forces you to think more about the warm and cool colors in the painting, as well as the composition.


Most applicable colors to purchase:

  • Ivory Black
  • Raw Umber
  • Cadmium Red
  • Cadmium Yellow
  • Titanium White
  • Cobalt Blue
  • Burnt Sienna
  • Alizarin Crimson

The brand I recommend is M. Graham and Co because it is cheaper but still an amazing quality. The way you can tell oil paint is good quality is by its smooth consistency and the vibrancy of the colors. Oil paint is highly pigmented so a little goes a long way, therefore there is no need to get huge tubes. However, the only color that I suggest getting in a larger tube is white because of how much will be used in creating different colors. Black is also a color that will help create a variety of color, but since it is such a dark color you really only need a dash to dramatically change a shade, so a small tube is fine. However, if you want to lean towards a more abstract creation then by all means purchase whatever colors you like.

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Lots of love,

Amina K.

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