16 Tips For Beginning With Acrylic Painting


16 Tips For Beginning With Acrylic Painting

This post will give you some motivational pep-talk tips and advice for beginning with acrylic painting.

You bought your brushes, your bulk pack of canvases from Michael’s, your entry level beginner acrylic paint set. Everything is so shiny and new!

As you slice open the plastic wrapping of the framed canvas, you get a gentle whiff of the sweet musty smell of cut wood.

Your brushes are stiff and perfectly pointed!

Your paint tubes are so full they are bursting at the seems waiting for you to squeeze the first dollops on your palette.

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The painting begins! You dip that crisp brush in the first color. As the brush touches the canvas for the first time you feel instant relaxation!

“This is easy!” “I got this!” “I love how this paint just goes on so smooth!”

Thirty minutes into the painting and you’re ready for some details. You need to paint grass in this one area. But how? “What brush should I use?” “How do I make it look like grass?”

Frustration starts to set in. You decided to improvise. “Whew!”

One hour into the painting and you take a break. “This painting looks good!” “It needs something but what?” You’re proud of yourself!

But wonder, how in the world did that artist do it? “Hers looks like real grass!” “How did she move her hand and flick her wrist and make it so easy?”

“What can I do to improve my technique?”

Well, for starts, the best thing you can do to improve your painting skills is to keep PRACTICING!

That artist you are watching, he or she has been painting for quite some time and has gone through the same struggle you did when you started. 

If you are just getting started with acrylic paints, I hope I can help encourage you with these pointers!


Tip # 1 There Is A Learning Curve

Just like with anything we learn how to do: playing the piano, training for a marathon, learning a new job skill, etc. there is a learning curve!

Based on my own experience painting, I know that I am a better painter now than I was ten years ago, one year ago, a month ago!

You will get better with each painting you do!


Tip #2 Paint And Create Often

I try to paint once a week. If I find myself skipping a week, the rust starts to set in a little and I notice that I’m not in my “game”. 

Understandably, painting once a week can be challengin

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