The application of pigments to a support surface to create an image, design or decoration is called painting. When it comes to art the term painting is both the act and the result. The most common paintings are the one which are created using a pigment which is in liquid form and is applied using a brush on any desired surface. There are also some more kinds of paintings which are created using a powdered pigment. For example, The Tibetian Mandala Painting. Painting has been there for thousands of years and is one of the oldest forms of creative media along with sculpture and drawing.
The most famous paintings are Leonardo da Vinci’s Mona Lisa, Edvard Munch’s The Scream and Vincent van Gogh’s The Starry Night. These three pieces tell us that painting is much more than what is seen. A great painting holds a power to reflect emotional, psychological and even spiritual levels of human condition.
Painting can be done on any surface that includes, paper, wood, canvas, plaster, clay etc. A paint is in a liquid or semi liquid form and it has the ability to soak into these materials.
Here are some painting tips for beginners.
1. Learn the basics of drawing
The most important and the first top is this. You should know about the basics of drawing, these include composition, anatomy, perspective, volume, light and shading. This is important as this serves as the foundation for your paintings. Without knowing this you can’t be a professional artist.
2. Avoid Dry Paint And Dry Brushes
When you are painting and you know that this one particular brush you are not going to use actively, you must dip it in water. This will avoid the paint drying on your brush. Between painting it is necessary to clean your brushes well with soap and water. Store your brushes where they are allowed to dry.
3. Start with Large Shapes
Paint dries quickly so save your last fine details for the end of the painting as it can be frustrating to do the small details at the beginning as the paint dries quickly and you’ll have to remix your paints to continue. If you pain the larger shapes first you’ll also get to visualise your painting perfectly.
4. Acrylic Paint Darkens as it Dries
As your acrylic paint dries on your canvas it becomes darker. So make sure that you paint with lighter colours to get the right shade of the colours you have envisioned.
As we already mentioned, acrylic paints dry super quickly. But as it dries on the canvas it is also easy to top if off with some other colour without worrying about the existing colour to peep through. You can take advantage of this to add texture and depth to your paintings.
6. Be Inventive
There are some basic facts when it comes to painting but there are no hard and fast rules. So you can try your own ebay around the paint and see what all you can do. Experiment a lot and try using household items instead of brushes.
7. Don’t put too much paint on your palette.
When you are working with acrylics make sure that you don’t put too much paint on the palette. They dry fast and can harden while you want to use the same colour again. This can cause wastage which no painter wants. You can always squeeze more paint when required but avoid taking out too much paint beforehand. If you want to preserve your palette overnight you can mist it with water and cover it with an air-tight bag or container. This can make your paint last for a limited time.