Oil Painting Supplies

This is my basic oil painting palette that I always use with the addition of special guest star colours needed for a particular project. 

  • Cadmium yellow light
  • Yellow ochre
  • Cadmium orange
  • Terra rosa
  • Transparent oxide red
  • Cadmium red light
  • Permanent alizarin crimson
  • Ultramarine blue 

You can see red makes half of my basic palette and I absolutely adore red colour. Just in case other colours are reading this, I love you too! 

(I haven’t listed the special guest star colours, maybe some other time, it’s a long list)


I am very sensitive to solvents and selectively use them in my painting practice. I use 3 types of solvents:

  • Eco Solve – this is the only solvent I can breathe freely next to, it’s not toxic, has smell, but it is not biting. 
  • Spike lavender oil – only small quantities used, not toxic but very strong smell. Furthermore, it can evaporate even in closed bottles (or I have studio fairies drinking spike lavender oil from the bottle). 
  • Odourless mineral spirit – I use it only for surface preparation.


I enjoy making my own mediums, I find it empowering to make a medium exactly to my liking. I prepare my medium by melting beeswax, damar resin and adding walnut oil/alkyd. I really love the smell of beeswax, it smells sunny.

If you have any questions about oil painting please use the comments section below and I will answer you as soon as I see it.

By Izabela Bogdanovic

artist, stargazer and a human being

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