How to Create Your First Painting


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What should a beginner paint?

When you decide you want to paint, you may run into the myth that it takes talent. I do not believe it. The desire to learn to paint coupled with enthusiasm is what you need more than anything else. You can even learn to paint without being able to draw realistically.

Decide what paint to use

The first step is deciding what paint to use. The four main options are oils (traditional or water-soluble), watercolors, acrylics, and pastels. It's a very personal choice - if one type of paint isn't right for you, be sure to try another.

  • Oil painting is a traditional artistic medium. It is a pigment mixed with oils such as linseed, safflower, or poppy and diluted with turpentine. It should be used on substrates that have been primed with plaster to protect the surface, which may even include paper, from the acid contained in the oil. Oil paint dries slowly, so the paint can stay wet on the palette and work on the paint for several days, making mixing easier. Cleaning requires solvents such as turpentine or mineral spirits. In recent years, water-soluble oils have been introduced that only require water to dilute paints and clean brushes.
  • Watercolor paint is another traditional medium and uses a pigment mixed with a gum arabic-based binder and additives to improve solubility and flowability. It is water-soluble, transparent, and comes in a tube, container, and liquid form. Watercolor paint can be reactivated with water when dry and reworked, even years after the painting is finished. Watercolor's characteristics, convenience, portability, and cleanability make it a popular medium for finished work, as well as sketchbooks and visual journals.
  • Acrylic paint is a more modern option, it was only recently commercially available to artists in the 1950s. In acrylic paints, the pigment is suspended in a plastic polymer. It stands out for its fast drying time and can be used on almost any surface without a primer. It is soluble in water, which makes cleaning much easier (all you will need is soap and water). Acrylic dries to a durable, flexible, and waterproof surface. It is very versatile and can be used in thin layers like watercolors or thicker oil paints, depending on the desired effect.
  • As a budding pastel painter, you will likely develop your own favorite brands, but by then some stand out or are at least worth trying. John Hersey's Handmade Unison Cakes are great for beginners. With nearly 400 different pastels, sold individually or as assorted color sets, he can add colors as needed. Schmincke offers the most beautiful soft pastels on the market: with an almost buttery texture, they glide on the surface of the paper, even in areas that are already well worked. Rembrandt soft pastels are excellent for line work and first layers of color; they are probably the best pastels to start painting with.

Learn to mix colors


Beginners are often hesitant to mix colors and colors (especially when it comes to "color theory"), but the basics of color mixing aren't particularly complicated. Color and pigment offer so many different possibilities and shades of paint that an artist could spend a lifetime exploring color, color theory, and color mixing. In fact, mixing colors is something that often overwhelms beginners as it can be tricky, but mixing colors can also be reduced to a few basic tips.

So take up the challenge, learn, and soon you'll be mixing the right shades, tones, and hues. And if you don't want to waste paint throwing it away, use it with white for a monochrome painting or enhancement exercise. Value is another term for hue, which refers to the lightness or darkness of colors. Therefore, an assessment exercise is to work to create lighter or darker tones in your painting.

The stages of creating a painting.

The steps to create a painting vary from artist to artist and evolve. Many artists lightly draw the composition on a canvas and then block out the main areas of color on the mi canvas. You can start with the larger shapes and work your way up to the smaller ones, gradually working out the details. Some artists work in layers and others work all prima (all at once) to complete their painting in one sitting. Artists usually make studies (small versions) or several sketches for a painting. There is no right or wrong approach; In the end, you have to find what works best for you.

Find ideas from painting

Some days you will have more ideas than you can get; others you may find for inspiration. This is why a creativity journal can be very useful. And don't despair if you make a “mistake” in your painting: it can be what artists call “happy accidents”, resulting in something beautiful. If you're still having a hard time coming up with concepts, take a nice hour or two to browse the best books for ideas and inspiration for painting.

Security Tip

Rule n. 1 regarding safety and art supplies should be a no-brainer - sloppy work habits can be dangerous. Avoid eating a sandwich with paint on your hands, for example. Know what you are wearing and what precautions you need or want to take, and where to find non-toxic art supplies.

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