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5 Useful Tips for Novice Painters

5 Useful Tips for Novice Painters

Whether you are taking up a new hobby or you want to work on your talent, painting is a great choice because it will encourage creativity. Whatever your job is, be sure that this hobby will boost your productivity and put you in a better mood.

If you went to the store and were devastated when you saw how many choices there are, know that you are not alone. There are many kinds of brushes, painting surfaces, and other painting materials, and to make the choice even more difficult, there are lots of different brands.

Read on to find out what materials you need to start the recommended beginners’ acrylic technique, and how you should start — so you don’t wind up staring at a blank canvas for hours.

1. Start with acrylic painting

The acrylic is suggested for novice painters because it is easier to paint with — it’s water-based, dries fast, and it’s durable. When painting, if you don’t like something, then you can just paint over it. Also, it can be used on any surface — just make sure there is no oil or wax on it. Since it dries fast, acrylic paint offers many advantages, but this also means that you need to use a paint mister and water.

While painting, the paint will slowly dry out on your palette. To prevent this, you need to have a paint mister to moist the paint with. Moreover, while painting, it will slowly dry on the canvas and you won’t be able to work with it anymore. So, spray some water on the canvas or any other surface you are using so that you can finish your painting as you wanted. This will also enable you to achieve different effects.

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Get the most out of acrylic by practicing layering, as this enables you to paint over previous layers.

2. Basics tips for painting tools

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    You won’t immediately become one with your brush, and you need time to learn how to maneuver it around, but if you practice consistently, it will happen faster than you think. The biggest problem for all novice painters is that they don’t know which brush to choose and how many of them they will need. So, let’s go through some basics first.

    There are 8 types of brushes you will need at the beginning: round, flat, detail round, pointed round, bright, fan, angular flat, and filbert.

    Each brush has a different use, so you should get familiar with all of them. For example, a round brush is good for sketching and detail work, while detail round will enable you to work on short strokes. The pointed round is perfect for lines, retouching and spotting.

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    Because paint can dry on the brush, you will need to keep your brush wet. When changing colors, make sure you clean the brush in some water.

    3. Start with thick paper, then switch to canvas

    Another advantage of starting with acrylic is the variety of paint surfaces available to you. Because it doesn’t have oil, acrylic won’t ruin any surface, so you can use wood, boards, glass, canvas, and thick paper.

    When trying out painting for the first time, it is better to start with thick paper and experiment with brushes. Try them all to see what kind of shapes you can make, and practice by painting different shapes. After some time, you’ll get used to holding the brushes, so you won’t have to think about how you hold them and they won’t slip from your hand. When you become one with your brushes, you can start working on your first painting on canvas.

    Before you start expressing your creativity through art, learn to paint different inanimate objects, which you will easily achieve by watching tutorials. There are many easy canvas painting ideas online, and they’ll certainly teach you some basic techniques and help you practice. From learning how to paint a galaxy to painting flowers, many of them are just well-practiced techniques. However, later on you will start painting your own way and leave a signature in each one of your paintings.

    4. Maintenance tips for tools

    Brushes are your main tools, and you need to clean them properly before you can use them again. If your brushes are new and expensive, you don’t want to waste your money and constantly buy new ones. Forgetting to clean a brush after acrylic painting means buying a new brush.

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    When changing a color while painting, you just need to clean your brush with water. However, when you are finished painting, clean it with soap and water. There are many brush cleaners used for a thorough clean, so choose one that suits your budget. As you are a beginner, don’t waste money on expensive brands. Instead, opt for cheaper brands that offer decent quality at affordable prices.

    Don’t ever put the brush tip down, as you will deform the brush and end up having to trash it. Also, cleaning and maintenance of brushes depends on the technique you are using.

    5. Your environment should inspire creativity

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      The room you are painting in should invoke your creativity and inspire you to achieve your vision. Novices usually think that talented painters start painting and things just come to their minds. However, it’s not like that. They also need to think about the composition of the painting, the techniques and colors they are going to use, and they need to practice creating different elements of the painting.

      Only when they have a clear image in their heads can they go with the flow. There is a lot more preparation and careful planning involved in painting than people realize.

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      When painting indoors, factors affecting your productivity and creativity can be a lack of light in the room, the temperature being too high or too low, there can be many items scattered throughout the room, noisy gadgets, and so on. So, get rid of everything that distracts you, pick the room you feel good in, and evoke your creativity.

      As a novice painter, you’ll start with acrylic and learn how to use the brush to bring your ideas to life. Don’t expect to paint your masterpiece immediately. You’ll start with different shapes and watch different tutorials, which will help you paint some objects. Later on, when you learn what you can do with each brush, you will be able to paint a picture that will reflect your imagination and the world inside your head.

      Featured photo credit: https://www.flickr.com/photos/melissa_xx/ via flickr.com

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      Last Updated on August 15, 2018

      7 Amazing Things That Will Happen When You Do Plank Every Day

      7 Amazing Things That Will Happen When You Do Plank Every Day

      Bodyweight exercises are gaining ground in the fitness world due to the practicality and simplicity of getting in shape using your own body weight. Planks are one form of bodyweight exercises that will never go out of fashion. Planks are one of the most effective exercises you can do. Why? Because they require a small time investment on your part, and offer the chance to achieve substantial results in a relatively short span of time.

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      Why is it important to train up our core strength?

      There are numerous sites and blogs which detail ways to build your core muscles or core strength. Often though, these sites neglect to explain what your core muscles actually are, and why building them is important.

      This is quite surprising, as core muscles are quite easy to explain. Your core muscles are a series of muscles in your midsection, and are used in most forms of movement. Though they aren’t housed in your arms or legs, your core muscles can help transfer force from one limb to another, or are used in addition to muscles in your arms or legs to increase their effectiveness. As such a strong core will make a big improvement on your ability to move and exercise further.

      Also they are great for helping other muscles in your midsection such as your abdominal muscles. Your abdominal muscles are important for supporting your back and spinal column, and as such are important aids in preventing injuries. However for them to be most effective you need to spend a lot of time developing your core muscles.

      In short, planking exercises can make a huge improvement in your muscles down your whole body. Making them a hugely effective exercise to perform.

      One Exercise, multiple benefits

      There are few forms of exercise as effective at building your core as planking exercises. However, planking exercises benefit far more than just your core strength.

      By holding yourself in the position for a planking exercise, you’ll notice that your biceps, neck, and shoulder muscles are also being tested and strained. This this encouraging their buildup and development. This is great news if you like to do press ups, developed shoulder muscles will have a big impact on your press up performance.

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      When planking, you are holding yourself up through your arms and biceps and so by holding a planking position, your arm muscles are being toned and developed. Making planking a great alternative exercise to other forms of bicep developing exercises.

      Moving down your midsection, successful plank exercises actually develop the muscles in your butt! These muscles tend to be ignored by a lot of exercises, so this is another great benefit of plank exercises.

      In much the same way as you develop your biceps and arm muscles, holding the planking position helps develop the muscles in your thighs too.

      What is even better is that planking exercises don’t take much time at all. In fact you should probably only spend about ten minutes max per day in the planking exercise.

      What will happen when you start doing planks every day

        1. You’ll improve core definition and performance: 

        Planks are an ideal exercise for the abdominal muscles exactly because they engage all major core muscle groups including the transverse abdominus, the rectus abdominusthe external oblique muscle, and the glutes. The importance of strengthening each muscle group cannot be underestimated either, for all of these groups serve their own purpose. If you strengthen these muscle groups you will notice:

        • Transverse abdominis: increased ability to lift heavier weights.
        • Rectus adbominis: improved sports performance, particularly with jumping. This muscle group is also responsible for giving you the renowned six pack look.
        • Oblique muscles: improved capacity for stable side-bending and waist-twisting
        • Glutes: a supported back and a strong, shapely booty.

        2. You’ll decrease your risk of injury in the back and spinal column

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          Doing planks is a type of exercise that allow you to build muscle while also making sure that you are not putting too much pressure on your spine or hips. According to the American Council on Exercise, doing planks regularly not only significantly reduces back pain but it also strengthens your muscles and ensures a strong support for your entire back, especially in the areas around your upper back.

          Check out this article if you would like to find out about how doing planks on different surfaces can impact the effectiveness of this exercise in strengthening your core.

          3. You’ll experience an increased boost to your overall metabolism

            Planking is an excellent way of challenging your entire body because doing them every day will burn more calories than other traditional abdominal exercises, such as crunches or sit-ups. The muscles you strengthen by doing this exercise on a day-to-day basis will ensure that you burn more energy even when sedentary. This is especially important if you are spending the majority of your day sitting in front of a computer. Also, making it a daily 10- to 1 minute home exercise before or after work will not only provide an enhanced metabolic rate but it will also ensure that that metabolic rate remains high all day long, (yes, even while you are asleep).

            4. You’ll significantly improve your posture

              Planking exercises have a great impact and improvement on your posture. This is great news as a strong posture brings with it a huge number of fantastic benefits .

              A good posture keeps your bones and joins in the correct alignment which means both your bones and joints will be better maintained and more healthy, but also means the overall effectiveness of your muscles will be improved.

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              A good posture will ensure your back or spine is in the correct position and so you will suffer less back pain.

              On top of everything, someone with good posture looks better, healthier, and more confident.

              5. You’ll improve overall balance

                Have you ever felt that when you tried standing on one leg, you couldn’t stand up straight for more than a couple of seconds? It’s not because you were drunk- unless you happened to be at the time!-  but rather, it’s because your abdominal muscles weren’t strong enough to give you the balance you needed. Through improving your balance by doing side planks and planks with extensions you will boost your performance in every kind of sporting activity.

                6. You’ll become more flexible than ever before

                  Flexibility is a key benefit of doing planks regularly, for this form of exercise expands and stretches all your posterior muscle groups – shouldersshoulder blades, and collarbone – while also stretching your hamstrings, arches of your feet, and toes. With a side plank added in to the mix, you can also work on your oblique muscles. This will provide you with further benefits when it comes to hyper-extending your toes, a movement that is crucial for supporting your body’s weight.

                  7. You’ll witness mental benefits

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                    Plank exercises have a particular effect on our nerves, making them an excellent means of improving overall mood. How? Well, they stretch out muscle groups that contribute to stress and tension in the body. Just think about it: you are sitting in your chair, at home or at work, all day long; your thigh muscles get tight, your legs get heavy due to being bent for several hours; and tension develops in your shoulders due to being forced to slump forward all day. These are all circumstances that put too stress on the muscles and nerves. The good news is that planks not only calm your brain, but they can also treat anxiety and symptoms of depression– but only if you make it part of your daily routine.

                    How to hold a plank position

                    1. Get into pushup position on the floor.
                    2. Now bend your elbows 90 degrees and rest your weight on your forearms.
                    3. Keep your torso straight and rigid and your body in a straight line from ears to toes with no sagging or bending.
                    4. Your head is relaxed and you should be looking at the floor.
                    5. Hold the position for as long as you can.
                    6. Remember to breathe. Inhale and exhale slowly and steadily.
                    7. When your form begins to suffer, pull the plug. You’re only benefiting from the plank by actually doing the plank.

                    Watch the video if you have any doubt!

                    Here is a great infographic that shows the best plank variation exercises to evenly target all abdominal muscle groups:

                      How to improve your plank time gradually

                      1. Start with the easier variation if needed. You can start with a bent-knee plank if you can’t perform a regular plank yet. If you can hold a plank for more than two minutes with ease, you can move on to these tougher variations.
                      2. Practise every day. Space your planking exercise throughout the day and do 3-4 times every day. Try to hold the position 10 seconds longer each time.
                      3. Perform other body-weight exercises at the same time. Push-up and squat will improve your core strength too.

                      Are you ready to devote 5-10 minutes of your day, every day, to stay fit, healthy and, most importantly, strong as a bull? Then jump in and make doing plank exercises a part of your life.

                      Who Should Be Cautious Doing The Plank?

                      You need to be cautious doing Planking exercises if any of these risks apply to you:

                      • Prolapse
                      • After prolapse surgery
                      • Pelvic pain conditions
                      • Weak or poorly functioning pelvic floor muscles
                      • Previous childbirth
                      • Overweight

                      Choose an alternative pelvic floor abdominal exercise or consult your doctor before performing plank regularly.

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