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How to Make Oil Paint: A 10-step guide

How to Make Oil Paint: A Ten-Step Guide

Not only is learning how to make oil paint beneficial for DIY projects, but it can benefit your business a fair amount as well. You will be able to fine-tune it for the exact color you’re going for while creating a higher quality product at a fraction of the cost. but . This blog will walk you through the supplies, tools, and steps you need to take to make oil paint.

DIY: How to Make Oil Paint

For your convenience, we’ve put together a list of everything that you will need to make your own oil paint:

  • Goggles/Safety Glasses
  • Filtration Mask
  • Rubber Gloves
  • Pigments
  • Linseed Oil (Drying Oil)
  • Glass Pane or Marble Grinding Slab
  • Muller
  • Palette Knife/Spatula
  • Cleaning Solution
  • Paint Tube
  • Pliers
  • Jar

If you follow these ten easy steps, you will learn how to make oil paint in no time.

Step One: Put on Safety Gear

To ensure safety while grinding the paint, you will need to begin by putting on all safety gear. Be aware that some pigments that are manufactured in plants may be poisonous if inhaled. Pigments are also very fine and can easily be inhaled if you do not take the right precautions. Know how to be safe when selecting any paint for all of your projects.

Step Two: Place a Small Amount of Pigment on your Grinding Slab

Start with a small amount of pigment on your slab. It is easier to start with a lighter color and add more pigment later to darken your paint. Some natural pigments may be clumpy. If this happens to be the case, use your muller to break up the chunks. This will help you prepare the pigment when mixing with the oil.

Step Three: Add Linseed Oil

Directly add the Linseed oil to your pigment on your marble or glass slab. Be sure you are doing this on a level surface to avoid the oil from spilling. Leave your oil away from your workplace since it can harden quickly and leave a filmy residue.

Step Four: Mix Pigment and Oil Using a Muller

Mixing the pigment and oil with a muller is highly suggested to create an evenly mixed paint blend. Move the muller in circular, figure eight motions to break down the pigment. Use your slab to ensure your binder of linseed oil is consistent with the pigment. This will allow you to set up a good starting point to define the thickness you would like your paint.

Step Five: Add More Linseed Oil or Pigment

Add additional oil or pigment to your existing slab to improve the consistency and amount of paint. It is also important to know that different brands of Linseed oil may produce different results based on their qualities. Some painters decide to heat and mix wax with their Linseed oil to use as a binder for their paint.

Step Six: Mix with Palette Knife/Spatula

Use the pallet knife/spatula to ensure any inconsistencies or loose pigment blended in with the oil. Use your muller if needed. The mixing process should take roughly 30 minutes but can vary depending on pigment and oil type. This also may be a great opportunity to take a picture or a short video to show off your project on social media.

Step Seven: Scoop and Place

Group your paint to the center of the slab so that it is easier to scoop up. Sweep up the oil paint and then pack it into the open end of your empty paint tube.

Step Eight: Close the Paint Tube

Firmly roll the open end of the paint tube. Use pliers to roll and pinch the open end of the paint tube to create a vacuum seal. It’s important to make sure you have created an airtight seal especially in the corners of the tube.

Step Nine: Label Tube

Label your paint tube with the color and date the paint was made. Leave a drop of paint on the outside of the tube for an easy way to refer back to for later use.

Step Ten: Clean Up

Clean up your workspace as soon as possible. Use cleaning supplies to remove leftover paint stains or pigment. Close and store any leftover pigment and oil for later use.