Oil & Cold Wax: Dreamy Little Landscapes

——   Created by Denise Love

A deeper drive into mixing oil paint & cold wax

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In this class, we will be taking a dive into the world of oil paint and cold wax. I'll be showing you the supplies I use and a variety of small landscape projects to get you inspired. I like starting small to get a good feel for my supplies, colors, and techniques. I'm sticking to smaller landscapes for this class because I really want you to focus on learning your paints and techniques. I'll probably offer a later class on going bigger and working on cradled board, but for this class, I wanted to keep it simple and work with our supplies and color for our small landscape projects.

Using oil paint mixed in with cold wax has been one of my favorite mediums for several years now. I love how thick and creamy the paint mixture is, I love that it is a matte finish and that it dries much faster than typical oil paint. It is a yummy mixture that spreads on like frosting and lets you get creative with the tools you use to apply it.

This class is for you if:

  • You love learning new techniques for your art
  • You are interested in small landscape painting
  • You love experimenting with art supplies
  • You love watching how others approach their painting practice

Supplies: I encourage you to use some of your favorite colors to do these projects. Get outside your comfort zone and experiment with colors. You don't need a lot of colors to start out with and if you enjoy color mixing - then you might just get a starter kit of colors and mix your own. I'm using a variety of colors and brands in class. I'd recommend you choose brands you can afford and some colors you like.

  • Arches oil paper - this is the paper I use for all of my oil paint and cold wax pieces. If you choose to go with a different paper - like watercolor paper for instance - just keep in mind that you will need to prime that surface with gesso before it can be used for oil paints. In this class, I will be using small pieces of arches oil paper to show you how I go about painting little landscapes and play with color.
  • Silicone bowl scrapers. I like the Messermeister silicone bowl scraper you get from amazon or kitchen supply stores the best. I also like the Catalyst silicone scrapers you can find at the art store.
  • Palette knives - we'll use these a lot. I have some plastic ones and some metal ones.
  • A variety of oil paints - choose colors you love in a brand you can afford. No need to have too many colors to get started.
  • Gamblin Cold Wax Medium - this is the cold wax brand I am using in class. There are a few other brands out there that you can experiment with also. Dorlands cold wax is another one I have used.
  • A variety of mark-making tools.
  • Painters tape or art tape - don't use masking tape - it will tear your paper
  • Gloves - you'll want to have plenty of disposable gloves on hand.
  • Shop towels or paper towels
  • Disposable paint palette

That is most of the main supplies I'll be using in class. I keep it more simple with landscapes usually.

The course project

By the end of this class, you'll be inspired and ready to create some beautiful tiny landscapes of your own.

Your project: Is simple... you'll grab some paper and supplies and play. I'd love for you to do a variety of landscapes. Playing with your color, horizon lines and techniques. I'm really looking forward to seeing your projects, so be sure to come back and show them off - don't forget to save your color palette - I'd love to know the colors you used in your landscape!

*The landscape below is from landscape lesson 5.

15 Lessons

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Supplies - Part 1
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Supplies - Part 2
Ideas for reference
Horizon lines
Mixing paints
Prepping your paper
Landscapes - Part 1
Landscapes - Part 2
Landscapes - Part 3
Landscapes - Part 4
Landscapes - Part 5
Landscapes - Part 6
Landscapes - Part 7
Finishing your pieces
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About the instructor

I'm Denise, an artist, and photographer. I'm really passionate about sharing what I have learned with others and creating workshops is what I really enjoy. I started 2 Lil' Owls Studio in 2012 - and that's where I share digital art tools for photography, photography workshops, art workshops, and more. I …

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