Set up and paint!


I have a new goal, I want to start painting. Even though I was taught to paint while studying I am still not able to just paint.

I have this mental block going. So over the next few weeks I will start to paint and log my actions.

So as a motivational start here are some tips on how to start painting:

Step 1

Choose your paint

For your first painting, try using watercolor paints or acrylic paints.

Both are water based and easy to use. In the future, after you’ve painted for a while, you may want to experiment with oil paints.

I have chosen Acrylic paint.

Step 2

Get a canvas panel

I do

Step 3

Select brushes

  • The larger the brush, the broader the stroke. The smaller the brush, the finer the stroke. Therefore, for covering large areas of canvas with paint, a bigger brush will get the job done quickly. A smaller brush will allow you to add detail more easily. For instance, if you are painting a landscape, you can use a big brush to lay down the base color for your sky. Then, you can go in with a small brush and add hues of different colors for clouds, sun rays, sky gradient, or even stars or birds.
  • When considering brushes, not only is size important, but material. Most brushes you will come across and probably use the most are made from synthetic hair. Take care to rinse the paint out of your brushes when you are done. When acrylic paint dries, it turns to plastic, thus ruining your brush. While working, keep your brushes in a cup of water to prevent them from hardening

I have a variety

Step 4

Familiarize yourself with the color wheel, a circle of primary and secondary colors.

All done


Step 5


Paint with just black and white. Or, choose any two colors and use in combination with black and white. Paint a picture with these colors only.


Choose a subject matter and intentionally warp and distort the anatomy of it, i.e. painting a cat with legs longer than the length of its body, a house that retains its typical features but bends into a spiral, etc.


Ask someone to write down 3-5 random words, and paint what comes to mind when you read them.


Illustrate a dream you’ve had before.

Brilliant ideas!

Step 6

Practice techniques

When painting with acrylic, layer. This means start with the farthest thing away in the background, for instance, paint the sky, then the mountain, then the plains for your background, then the trees, grass, and object of subject for your foreground. This prevents you having to paint around anything.



Don’t give up too soon.

Painting is a typically long and repetitive hobby and can take anywhere from half an hour to months to finish just one piece. Always remember, most art looks bad until it’s finished. If you’re not happy with the way it looks, just give it time and keep working. Although overworking a watercolor painting can make it muddy, a new layer on an acrylic painting serves to correct, hide, enhance the layers beneath it.


So now that I have bored all of you let’s get those brushes and start!

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