With oil paints, you create true art. Whether landscapes or portraits, with oil paints your pictures become something very special. Here we have collected the best oil paint sets for beginners and even provided a little guide at the end.

Rayher Oil Paint Kit (under $25)

Rayher Oil Paint Kit

The Rayher oil paint kit with 12 colors, 12 ml (0.4 oz) of each, is suitable for both beginners and experienced artists. In addition, the colors have a high light fastness and opacity. The processing of the colors is particularly suitable for canvases, stretcher frames, and painting boards.

If you want to paint for the first time with oil paints and first want to see if oil painting is something for you, you are well served with this versatile color set.


  • Highly pigmented colors with high luminosity;
  • Colors are lightfast;
  • Great selection.


  • Contains ingredients, which may cause allergic reactions.

Zenacolor Oil Paint Set (under $25)

Oil Paint Set 48 x 12mL (0.4Oz) Zenacolor

The Zenacolor oil paint set with 48 colors in 12 ml (0.4 oz) tubes, is especially suitable for adults and children as a starter set. The highly concentrated pigments give radiant colors to the painting.

For blending, filling, and painting, these oil paints are well suited. Even a small amount of this oil paint has a very intense effect. Especially well the colors can be processed on painting substrates such as canvases and murals, these can also be used as poster paint or fabric paint.


  • Good quality colors;
  • Bright colors;
  • Do not dry too quickly, so you can work with them longer;
  • Spread well on a canvas with a painting knife.


  • None.

PHOENIX Oil Paint Set 12 Colors (under $10)

PHOENIX Oil Paint Set 12 Color x12ml

The magic mega oil paint set includes 12 qualitative colors, each with a content of 200ml per tube, and is especially appreciated by hobbyists, artists, and beginners.

PHOENIX oil paints consist of semi-opaque and opaque colors based on linseed oil. In this set, you get a lot of high-quality paint that will last you for some time. It is recommended that the oil paints are diluted only with linseed oil and not with tepentine. You can use these oil paints on all absorbent surfaces such as paper, canvas, wood, or chipboard.


  • Large selection of colors;
  • Great painting behavior;
  • Brush included;
  • Suitable for beginners.


  • Takes a little longer to get a homogeneous mix when diluted.

Royal Talens Cobra Mixable Oil Color Set (under $50)

Royal Talens Cobra Artists' Water Mixable Oil Color Set

The Talens oil paint box with 10 colors in 40 ml tubes each is particularly well suited for beginners and novices. The oil paints have a good to excellent light fastness.

The set also includes painting medium and odorless trepentine to clean the brushes. With these paints, you can start painting right away and let your creativity run wild with high-quality pigmented oil paints.


  • Finely pigmented colors;
  • Suitable for beginners and advanced artists;
  • Great price-performance ratio.


  • None.

Schmincke Mussini Oil Wood Box Set (under $185)

Schmincke - MUSSINI® Finest Resin Oil Colors

The paint box from Schmincke consists of 10 oil paints in 35 ml tubes each from the high-quality brand. This paint box is ideal for beginners in painting and of course for professional artists.

The oil paints have the highest light fastness of 4 and 5 stars and have a first-class opacity. The consistency of the colors is also balanced and the drying with these colors is even. Oil paints of this quality can be used on various surfaces.


  • Very good quality of the colors;
  • Great opacity;
  • Paint dries evenly.


  • None.

Guide to painting with oils

Did you know that painting promotes and develops your mental health? Yes, it does! And maybe even more than you imagine.

Painting activates both sides of the brain: memory/logic on the left side and creativity/imagination on the right side. Your concentration increases and at the same time you relax through painting.

What are oil paints and what are their components?

Oil paints are highly glossy, as the name suggests, they consist of oils and pigments. Either natural oil or synthetic oil can be used in manufacturing. Natural oils include, for example, linseed oil, rapeseed oil, nut oil, sunflower oil, hemp oil, or poppy seed oil. The color pigments here are so extensive that in principle any pigment can be used.

How to use oil paints?

Here are the most common and important steps that you should follow when painting with oil paints.


First, you should prepare well, choose a room that offers you enough space and light, ventilation is also important here. Set up your painting space so that all your painting utensils are within reach. Also do not wear your favorite t-shirt when painting, because the oil can splash and drip when painting.

Basic colors

Your basic equipment of oil paints should consist of 7 basic colors:

  • White;
  • Ochre;
  • Blue;
  • Red;
  • Yellow;
  • Green;
  • Black.

Of course, you can use more but these are the basic ones, from which you can mix any color you want. And if the mixing of the colors does not work out, just get yourself a bigger set.

Your first steps in painting

If you want to paint a specific image, it would be a good idea to draw a rough sketch with a pencil first. Think about what colors you want to use and what technique you want to use. Or just paint on it and let the colors work with you, so you discover the intensity of the colors on the one hand, and you develop a certain feeling for painting with oils on the other.

After painting

When you have finished painting, it is very important that you clean your brushes thoroughly, because dried oil can ruin them. You can cover your mixed paint with foil or decant it and reuse it the next day.

Note that an oil painting can take up to several months to dry properly. Only when the painting is completely dry, it is recommended to seal it.

Learning, templates, and ideas

On almost all social media you can find something about oil painting, whether on Pinterest, YouTube, or on various blogs. For beginners, YouTube is particularly well suited, because here you will find many videos that guide you in your first paintings. The individual steps from preparation to painting to sealing are often explained and shown to you in detail.