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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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      How to Get out of a Rut: 12 Useful Ways to Get Unstuck

      How to Get out of a Rut: 12 Useful Ways to Get Unstuck

      Have you gotten into a rut before? Or are you in a rut right now?

      You know you’re in a rut when you run out of ideas and inspiration. I personally see a rut as a productivity vacuum. It might very well be a reason why you aren’t getting results. Even as you spend more time on your work, you can’t seem to get anything constructive done. While I’m normally productive, I get into occasional ruts (especially when I’ve been working back-to-back without rest). During those times, I can spend an entire day in front of the computer and get nothing done. It can be quite frustrating.

      Over time, I have tried and found several methods that are helpful to pull me out of a rut. If you experience ruts too, whether as a working professional, a writer, a blogger, a student or other work, you will find these useful. Here are 12 of my personal tips to get out of ruts:

      1. Work on the small tasks.

      When you are in a rut, tackle it by starting small. Clear away your smaller tasks which have been piling up. Reply to your emails, organize your documents, declutter your work space, and reply to private messages.

      Whenever I finish doing that, I generate a positive momentum which I bring forward to my work.

      2. Take a break from your work desk.

      Get yourself away from your desk and go take a walk. Go to the washroom, walk around the office, go out and get a snack.

      Your mind is too bogged down and needs some airing. Sometimes I get new ideas right after I walk away from my computer.

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      3. Upgrade yourself

      Take the down time to upgrade yourself. Go to a seminar. Read up on new materials (#7). Pick up a new language. Or any of the 42 ways here to improve yourself.

      The modern computer uses different typefaces because Steve Jobs dropped in on a calligraphy class back in college. How’s that for inspiration?

      4. Talk to a friend.

      Talk to someone and get your mind off work for a while.

      Talk about anything, from casual chatting to a deep conversation about something you really care about. You will be surprised at how the short encounter can be rejuvenating in its own way.

      5. Forget about trying to be perfect.

      If you are in a rut, the last thing you want to do is step on your own toes with perfectionist tendencies.

      Just start small. Do what you can, at your own pace. Let yourself make mistakes.

      Soon, a little trickle of inspiration will come. And then it’ll build up with more trickles. Before you know it, you have a whole stream of ideas.

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      6. Paint a vision to work towards.

      If you are continuously getting in a rut with your work, maybe there’s no vision inspiring you to move forward.

      Think about why you are doing this, and what you are doing it for. What is the end vision in mind?

      Make it as vivid as possible. Make sure it’s a vision that inspires you and use that to trigger you to action.

      7. Read a book (or blog).

      The things we read are like food to our brain. If you are out of ideas, it’s time to feed your brain with great materials.

      Here’s a list of 40 books you can start off with. Stock your browser with only the feeds of high quality blogs, such as Lifehack.org, DumbLittleMan, Seth Godin’s Blog, Tim Ferris’ Blog, Zen Habits or The Personal Excellence Blog.

      Check out the best selling books; those are generally packed with great wisdom.

      8. Have a quick nap.

      If you are at home, take a quick nap for about 20-30 minutes. This clears up your mind and gives you a quick boost. Nothing quite like starting off on a fresh start after catching up on sleep.

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      9. Remember why you are doing this.

      Sometimes we lose sight of why we do what we do, and after a while we become jaded. A quick refresher on why you even started on this project will help.

      What were you thinking when you thought of doing this? Retrace your thoughts back to that moment. Recall why you are doing this. Then reconnect with your muse.

      10. Find some competition.

      Nothing quite like healthy competition to spur us forward. If you are out of ideas, then check up on what people are doing in your space.

      Colleagues at work, competitors in the industry, competitors’ products and websites, networking conventions.. you get the drill.

      11. Go exercise.

      Since you are not making headway at work, might as well spend the time shaping yourself up.

      Sometimes we work so much that we neglect our health and fitness. Go jog, swim, cycle, whichever exercise you prefer.

      As you improve your physical health, your mental health will improve, too. The different facets of ourselves are all interlinked.

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      Here’re 15 Tips to Restart the Exercise Habit (and How to Keep It).

      12. Take a good break.

      Ruts are usually signs that you have been working too long and too hard. It’s time to get a break.

      Beyond the quick tips above, arrange for a 1-day or 2-days of break from your work. Don’t check your (work) emails or do anything work-related. Relax and do your favorite activities. You will return to your work recharged and ready to start.

      Contrary to popular belief, the world will not end from taking a break from your work. In fact, you will be much more ready to make an impact after proper rest. My best ideas and inspiration always hit me whenever I’m away from my work.

      Take a look at this to learn the importance of rest: The Importance of Scheduling Downtime

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