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Top Tips for Learning to Paint

Whether you’re learning to paint for fun or because you want to be the next Picasso, you’ll need to know the basics before you start. From having the right equipment to deciding on your style, here are our top tips for learning to paint.

Get the right tools

You can’t paint without the right tools, so before you envision your grand masterpiece, make sure you have the right equipment first. Here are some of the necessary tools you’ll need to learn to paint:

  • A canvas or sketchbook to create your paintings
  • Paints (either watercolors, acrylics or oils)
  • Paintbrushes
  • A palette
  • Paper towels

Start small

The key with learning to paint lies in starting small. Painting truly is a skill that you have to build up, so before you embark on creating the painting of your dreams, get comfortable with your equipment and medium first. The more you do this, the more confident you’ll be and greater control you’ll have over your painting. A great way to do this is to start by painting pre-drawn pictures, or even doing a paint by numbers activity.

Pick your medium

Once you’re comfortable with your brush, it's time to start learning painting techniques. Before doing so, you’ll need to choose your medium, as each has its own particular method for achieving a good technique.

There are 3 main mediums to choose from:

  • Acrylics (which tend to be good for beginners as they are simple to use)
  • Watercolors
  • Oils

Each has its pros and cons, so be sure to research them before choosing your preferred medium.

Pick your style

After you’ve chosen your medium, it’s time to look at what style you want to explore. Many artists can take years to find their style, so don’t worry too much about deciding on this now, but considering this may help you decide what and how you want to paint.

Here’s a few traditional art styles that can help you find your own style:

  • Realism - paintings that look like real life
  • Impressionism - where the painting uses elements that don’t look like real life, but more to convey how the artist feels
  • Abstract - this kind of art doesn’t make logical sense, but is more about the subjective nature of art

Learn the basics

As much as art is about creativity, it’s a skill that can also be formally learned. To lay a solid foundation, you can learn the basics of how to use color and different painting techniques. This will help you to not make painting mistakes as you go, as well as make your paintings look better too!

There are many classes that you can take, either online or in person, to build up your understanding of painting and its many techniques.

Practice, practice, practice

As with any new skill, the chances are that you’re not going be awesome at it straight off the bat. So remember to just keep on practicing and you’ll improve with every piece you paint. The great thing about art is that it’s extremely therapeutic - so it won’t be time badly spent.

Have fun!

Lastly, when you’re learning to paint, you should be having fun! It’s a great way to explore your creativity and add a new skill to your resume, and can reduce stress too.

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