A Beginner Oil Painting Tutorial: Roses

Hi friends! Today I am going to share a quick oil painting tutorial with you!

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I was having a rough painting day, nothing was turning out right and I hated to trash the watercolor board I was working on so I collaged some book pages on, sealed it with mod-podge then stenciled and smeared it with acrylic paint. Once that was dry it was a perfect surface to use oils on. You can paint oils over acrylics but NOT acrylics over oils. Watch the video to see how I did it and how to fix common mistakes you might make if you are out of practice or using oils for the first time:

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I hope you found that helpful. Let me know if you want to see more oil tutorials because I do enjoy working with them. I will go back to the drawing board with the watercolors I was attempting so don’t worry watercolor fans. I think I was having such a hard time because it had been a while since I had a watercolor tutorials so I was pushing myself to create SOMETHING and that pressure just crippled my creativity. I think it happens to us all. It is hard for creativity to thrive under pressure. I have found when that happens to just cut my losses and try something new, AKA oils. How do you overcome a creative block? Let me know in the comments! Have a safe and happy Memorial Day and til next time happy crafting!

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  1. Reblogged this on Updated Business Forum.

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  2. I usually read a book and by the time I am finished, I am ready to be creative again. Just need a change of pace!

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  3. While I always enjoy your painting tutorials, I prefer the watercolor tutorials. Your ease with watercolor always astounds me. You might even inspire me to take a class. Do you need to know how to draw before taking a watercolor class? I am such a beginner!

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    • it depends on the class, if it was a class in still file of figure painting you wuld struggle if you could not draw bit not as big of a deal if you were doing landscapes. Contact the teacher and ask:) I would have mini drawing lessons in my adult classes for beginners.

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  4. I feel the same way as Maria and would also like to know if you need to know how to draw before taking watercolor class? I can’t draw my husband is patiently teaching me, I can now draw a 3D box and I’m really good with grapes on a vine and the leaves, lol.

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  5. Yes, I miss your watercolor tutorials! Do some with “blending out” the scenes you create with stamps. Altenew has some wonderful fine line stamps with flowers and hummingbirds – I would love to see what you do with them! They take Distress Inks very well.

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  6. Hi Lindsay πŸ™‚
    Thank you for sharing with us that great artists like you can have rough painting days and in spite of it you have painted a beautiful rose with a great background that makes the rose pop out of the painting.
    You are so inspiring and awesome. THANK YOU!

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  7. Hi Lindsay
    I love card-making everyday but when my creative juices come to a halt I go to journaling and that frees my mind because there is no rhyme or reason when I journal it’s just fun crazy art. Creative juices get back in line after doing several art journal pages.

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  8. I have never come across anybody so clever. Most peole would have thrown it away.

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  9. love your Tutorials, particularly the water our ones, could there be one about water our portraits. Thanks. Jo

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  10. Silly Predictive text and me too not reading what I had written asking about WATERCOLOUR portaits

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  11. What revealing comments have come out of this–I want more watercolor but also the background for the rose!! Could you layer that for us sometime–it is one of the best and I would love to replicate. Many thanks for opening so many doors for us. We love you. Marie

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  12. Hey Lindsay,
    Just wanted to give you an Operation Write Home update since I first heard about it on your blog.

    This is a message from Sandy, the director, stating the shutdown of the organization. Thought you might want to share with your viewers the information and deadline. Thanks for your great work, Lindsay! Love you…

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    • thanks, that notice that they were closing came out 4 days after I posted my video. Luckily there are lots of organizations that you can donate cards to:)

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  13. hi lindsay from glow:)… loved your painting tutorial… i just sat here so enthused to watch waht you called a dark dead piece come to life using white to recapture it:) awesome… it makes me think i cud do it but i am apparently not that brave.. i have started making land scenes and gathering tips online because never fear i will beat this timidness for painting… but i try my pieces on card fronts.:) Love you 4 sharing your mistakes.. You probly found that out but its so important to watch a possible negative get turned into a positive… you make it look so easy… so thanks for your work and time you go in to teach people how to do this.. kind of is a parallel to life πŸ™‚ and often my sentiments arise in my own head from inspiration like this… sweet… 3 cheers, love glow

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  14. by the way, lindsay, i hope i have not missed responses from you.. i do not have a blog and i wouldnt know how to find my comment if i asked you a quick question and you replied here…so i dont know, does your reply go to my email? thanks… i am hoping to learn tips and techniques and i have a feeling i wont be dissapointed and thats gr8 for some of us with health issues or financial difficulty that we cant pay for an online course..thanks so much… sincerely, glow

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    • I repsond here on the blog. If you check the “notify me of comments via email” button under the reply box when you leave a comment you will get an email response:)

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  15. You are so talented!! I thought I was the only one who had bad painting days. I find I need to be in the zone. Calm and no distractions. Even a phone call can just upset the balance for me. So how many out there have a calm life!! It is wonderful when it turns. Hang in there.

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  16. I was having a creative block last evening. I had gotten all my water based oil paints out, brushes, and canvas board, even sorted the colors by families, but didn’t have any ideas of what to paint. Fixed a broken lid for a jar of fast dry medium. Went through all my coloring books for ideas, nothing peaked my interest. Went through my trace and paint w/c books, same thing. So I started browsing the internet for oil painted pictures. Found one of those sites for “starving artists” and was amazed. They want thousands of dollars for things I’d consider mistakes!!! So I saved pics of my favorites (no naked bodies!), mostly animals; and by then it was way past my bedtime. Today I will try again–maybe paint a blue cat or something. LOL I wonder how many thousands of dollars I could sell it for…

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  17. as of all your tutorials this video is great the painting just beautiful roses and flowers in general are so wonderful to see.
    I am a Big fan of yours as a beginner would Love 2 buy one of your painting books do you have a link 2 your shop? I could purchase online πŸ™‚
    Many thanks Lindsay!
    – Grace from facebook

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  18. You should know that I look forward to listening to your “chit chat” every day. I make time for your tutorial because it’s like having a visit with a friend, albeit one sided, lol. I got my sister to follow you and she agrees that you’re cheery and fun to listen to. Definitely a highlight in our days. Keep up the good work!

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  19. Just noticed the link on your Site 2 buy some of your ‘learn to paint with Lindsay’ I shall buy one this week!

    Amazing Rose oil painting too πŸ™‚

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  20. And this is why I love you
    You let us see imperfections
    & how to fix

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  21. This was such a great tutorial! I think a lot of us would enjoy a basic oil painting 101 video on the types of paint, what materials to use, etc. Your basic tutorials like that are always so helpful!!! T

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  22. Please do more oil painting tutorials! Love you painting tutorials!!

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