you can learn how to paint: use these easy tips and start painting

You can learn how to paint! Millions of people are painting and you can paint too!

  • Let me share a few simple habits that will jump start your painting journey.

#1 choose your subject

  • Paint familiar things. You will do the best job of painting subjects you understand. Start painting the things you see around you.

You may want to paint your children, your pets, a tree in the backyard or your favorite fishing hole.

Paint things that are familiar to you.

My parents had a tropical fish business with outdoor ponds. When we fed the fish, they would all swarm around the food.

So "Koi Feeding" was a natural for me to paint.

If you want to learn how to paint, paint things that are familiar to you.Paint what you know.

#2 paint regularly

  • Painting on a regular basis will put your art learning into overdrive!

Paint regularly, no matter whether you paint daily, weekly or monthly - paint regularly.

If you are learning how to play the piano, you most likely practice daily. The same goes for painting. The more you paint, the faster you will learn.

Many professional artists paint daily.

#3 share your paintings with others

  • Share your art with your family and other art-oriented people. Get feedback from your friends and family and other artists.

Join your local art association. Paint with other artists. Go to painting classes and art shows.

Seeing other's artwork and sharing your art will encourage you and stimulate you with new ideas. Plus, it's just fun to share.

#4 get you supplies ready

You need paint, a couple of brushes and something to paint on.

What kind of paint appeals to you?

One type of paint is not better than the others. You may actually try different types of paint to decide which one you prefer.

  • Watercolor is an easy paint to use. All it takes is paint, water, paper and two or three bushes. Watercolors on paper require a mat and they are framed under glass for protection.
  • Oil paints are also, easy to use. They take a bit longer to dry. You may start oil painting with a couple of brushes, mineral spirits and a canvas. A dried oil painting is easy to frame and it will last for centuries.
  • Acrylic paints dry very fast and just like oil paintings, they are simple to frame. The down side is they dry so fast that it's hard to blend the colors. However a dried acrylic painting is very durable.

Student paints are less expensive for starting out. Artist paints (professional paints) are actually a better buy. They cost more than student paints because they contain more pigment. So they cover better and produce more intense colors.

Learning to paint with the basics of artYou can learn how to paint!

what colors do you need to start painting?

Start out simple. Begin with the primary colors.

  • Red - Cadmium Red Medium
  • Yellow - Cadmium Yellow Light
  • Blue - Ultramarine Blue

You will also need large tube of white for oil and acrylic painting.

Learn to how to paint with these colors. Later you may add other colors to your palette, if you desire.

Learn how to mix other colors from the three primary colors.


  • Watercolor brushes; a round #7 and a 1" flat
  • Oil brushes; #8 and #12 flat bristle brushes
  • Acrylic brushes; synthetic #6 round and a 3/4" flat

Watercolors and acrylic paintings use water. Oil paintings require mineral spirits.

what will you paint on?

Learn how to paint watercolors on watercolor paper. Later you may use aquaboard or canvas.
Answers to questions about using watercolor

Oil and acrylic painting are normally painted on canvas or panels.
Beginner's questions about oil painting

You will also need a palette to lay out your colors for painting. When you start out, a Styrofoam plate or an old kitchen plate will work just fine.

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how do i learn to paint watercolor?

A step-be-step tutorial to begin painting watercolorHow to Paint Watercolor

Learn how to use watercolor while painting a Rufous hummingbird visiting a yellow flower.

Follow the easy steps and learn while you paint.

You will learn what colors to use, suggested brushes, what you can paint watercolor on, how to keep your colors clean and more.

Watercolor is a good place to learn how to paint.

do you want to start oil painting?

Step-by-step Tutorial to begin oil painting by the artist Carol MayHow to Oil Paint tutorial

You can paint a colorful Baltimore Oriole with the beginning oil painting tutorial.

  • Included are the color scheme, what brushes, colors and materials to use.
  • Photographs and explanations of the painting steps.

How to Oil Paint gives detailed answers to more frequently asked questions about using oil paints.

learn the principles of good paintings

All art paintings use the same design elements of art. These elements are indispensable to the painting artist.

They are easy to learn and essential while you learn how to paint. Take the time to learn the basic elements and use them in all your paintings. These basic elements are the foundation of all successful paintings.

use values

Use light and dark values. They are the backbone of good paintings.

focal point

Create a focal point or focal area to draw people into your paintings.


Composition is easy. Learn the rule of thirds and how to use it your artwork.

some popular painting tutorials

  • While you are learning to paint, you will want to do the how-to-painting tutorials.

There are pictures throughout the process of each painting. Each step is fully explained. You can learn how to paint by practicing the tutorials.

Paint using the steps in the tutorials. Then use the same methods with your subjects to create your own individual paintings.

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have fun while you learn how to paint!

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