Painting is exciting! We are excited about the things we see around us and we're anxious to get them into a painting.
Use these five steps to start painting any of the step-by-step tutorials.
You can also, confidently start your own beautiful creations with these same easy steps. The process is the same.
Painting can add a lot of joy and accomplishment to our lives.
You can learn how to paint! Where do we start?
If it's possible, have an area where you can leave your paintings things out.
Set aside a place for your home art studio. You will be likely to paint more often.
Painters progress rapidly when they paint regularly. Dedicated artists have painted daily for generations.
After you learn how to start a painting, practice by painting regularly. The more we practice, the better we paint!
You may have photos you took on your vacation, a photo of your pets or flowers, etc.
Please Note: Photos from a postcard, calendar or a magazine are under copyright laws.
Do not copy them directly without giving credit to the photographer.
Artist's paintings are also copyrighted.
The best bet is to use your own photos. We may go on line and use free images that have no copyright restrictions.
It's a good idea for artists to keep a stock of supplies. Then we can paint anytime.
Student paints are less expensive, but professional artist paints contain more pigment.
Artist paints cover better and provide more color than student paints.
Watercolors are usually painted on paper. Oil and acrylics are painted on canvas or panels.
If your time is limited, smaller paintings are a better choice. That way we can have the satisfaction of completing a painting. Large paintings will often take several sessions before the painting is complete.
Small things like hummingbirds or butterflies normally go into a small format. Landscape and seascape paintings are usually painted larger.
Then lay out the composition on your painting surface by sketching the large portions of the painting. Pay close attention to the values. Contrasting values create stunning paintings.
When you are satisfied with the drawing, transfer it to your painting surface.
Learning to draw is a part of learning how to start a painting.
Transfer the drawing to your selected painting surface with graphite paper.
Alternately, if you are good at drawing, you may lightly sketch the drawing on the watercolor painting surface.
Use a graphite pencil and do it without erasures, so you don't damage the painting surface.
Pale yellow lines are easy to paint over. They will not show in the final painting.
If you don't like a line, rub it out with a rag or a paper towel and paint it again.
If there is a lot of detail, do the drawing on paper first and then transfer it to the canvas.
It's good when you learning how to start a painting to not use all your colors.
A painting with too many colors is disconcerting. The viewer's eye doesn't know where to go.
Select a painting color scheme that will give cohesiveness and punch to your paintings.
We mix any additional colors from our selected three to five colors.
Enjoy painting with good light and ventilation in your painting area.
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