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Oils Paint Colors for a Starter Set?

Discussion in 'Painting Techniques' started by lpa53, Oct 5, 2016.

  1. lpa53 Active Member

    After a long hiatus I am thinking of getting back to painting. My old oil paints pretty much dried up. I can't even get the tops off of most of the tubes. Not wanting to spend a fortune on new paint, I don't want to get every color available but would rather get the basics with which I could dreate what colors I need. Considering that I usually paint fairly colorful subjects, such as Napoleonics, what colors would make a good starter palette?

    Note: In the past I usually used Grumbacher or Winsor & Newton oils and am also considering using the water mixable variety.
  2. Elia Active Member


    My palette comprises of the following (all W&N tubes): ivory black, titanium white, burnt umber, raw umber, burnt sienna, yellow ochre, cadmium yellow, alizarin crimson, scarlet lake, cadmium red, prussian blue & french ultramarine. You can get most shades by mixing these.

    I hope this helps.

    All the best,
    napoleonpeart likes this.
  3. Nap Moderator

    Hi there

    A BIG welcome to PF and the world of figures , I use water soluable Oils from Cobra ...along with my beloved Acrylics !

    Reckon Elia has just about covered the colours ...nice one little lady !

    Happy painting


    PS if you search PF plenty on Oils , brushes etc PM me if I can help further .
    Elia likes this.
  4. billyturnip A Fixture

    I would also go along with Elia's list and would also include a tube of Naples Yellow.
    I'm actually looking into my box of paints just now and thinking why did I buy all those. Keep it simple, not only does it keep costs down but you learn much more about colour mixing and light and shade.
    Paul Kernan likes this.
  5. lpa53 Active Member

    Thanks for all the suggestions. Now it's time to go shopping!
    billyturnip likes this.

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