A Beginners Guide to Acrylic Painting
Painting is one of the most beautiful ways a person can express oneself and is such a wonderful outlet for creativity. The great thing about painting is it is always uniquely one’s own and has no limits to what it can or can’t become. In a world that almost demands perfection, art can be an amazing outlet. However, many people feel intimidated by picking up a paint brush to begin with. Our hope is this guide will help give our beginner artists just the boost of confidence they need to get started.
‘If you hear a voice within you say ‘you cannot paint’ then by all means paint, and that voice will be silenced’
Vincent van Gogh
Understanding Acrylic Medium
Acrylic is a water based paint and what that means is it is very easy to work with and clean up, however; it also means it dries extremely quickly. In order to prevent waste always squeeze out only the amount of paint you plan on using, it is also a good idea to keep a spray bottle with water handy in order to keep the paint wet while still in use.
Acrylic is extremely easy to use for beginners because unlike oil or watercolor, this medium can be painted over once dry to easily cover mistakes without disturbing the rest of your painting. Once acrylic is dry it becomes water resistant so an artist will never need to worry about their work cracking or damaging as opposed to other mediums.
Choosing a brush and other materials
- A beginner artist truly only needs three brushes to begin with.
- A large square flat brush. This brush can be used to cover large surfaces within your canvas in the shortest time possible before your paint drys.
- A round brush: This brush is still large enough, but is shaped more effectively to create images or objects within your painting.
- A small detail brush: This brush does exactly as the name lends it to do, allows the artist to create detail and truly make a painting distinctive.
- Always remember to thoroughly clean your brushes with soap and water after every use.
Acrylic can be painted on paper, card, wood and canvas so any one of these materials would be a great starting point. You may also want to purchase a small table top easel in order to rest your canvas while creating your masterpiece. The only other materials necessary would be a spare water cup and a paper plate or spare piece of cardboard to mix your paints on.
What to begin painting
Art is a personal expression and so it is completely up to an individual to decide what they would like to paint. If you are a beginner however; the easiest paintings you can begin with would be landscape, and more specifically one point perspective landscape. This means there is one single vanishing point usually directly opposite the viewer or painters eye line and typically on the horizon line. Nature does not have the precision that painting a still life, animal or human has therefore it lends itself easiest to mistakes without looking inaccurate because nothing in nature is completely symmetrical or perfect.
I hope these simple steps will inspire you beginner painters out there to pick up a brush and discover the endless possibilities your mind can create on a canvas!