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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 Control Your Thoughts and Be the Master of Your Mind

      How to Control Your Thoughts and Be the Master of Your Mind

      Your mind is the most powerful tool you have for the creation of good in your life, but if not used correctly, can also be the most destructive force in your life.

      Your mind, more specifically, your thoughts, affect your perception and therefore, your interpretation of reality. (And here’s Why Your Perception Is Your Reality.)

      I have heard that the average person thinks around 70,000 thoughts a day. That’s a lot, especially if they are unproductive, self-abusive and just a general waste of energy.

      You can let your thoughts run amok, but why would you? It is your mind, your thoughts; isn’t it time to take your power back? Isn’t it time to take control?

      Choose to be the person who is actively, consciously thinking your thoughts. Become the master of your mind.

      When you change your thoughts, you will change your feelings as well, and you will also eliminate the triggers that set off those feelings. Both of these outcomes provide you with a greater level of peace in your mind.

      I currently have few thoughts that are not of my own choosing or a response from my reprogramming. I am the master of my mind, so now my mind is quite peaceful. Yours can be too!

      Who Is Thinking My Thoughts?

      Before you can become the master of your mind, you must recognize that you are currently at the mercy of several unwanted “squatters” living in your mind, and they are in charge of your thoughts. If you want to be the boss of them, you must know who they are and what their motivation is, and then you can take charge and evict them.

      Here are four of the “squatters” in your head that create the most unhealthy and unproductive thoughts:

      1. The Inner Critic

      This is your constant abuser who is often a conglomeration of:

      • Other people’s words; many times your parents.
      • Thoughts you have created based on your own or other peoples expectations.
      • Comparing yourself to other people, including those in the media.
      • The things you told yourself as a result of painful experiences such as betrayal and rejection. Your interpretation creates your self-doubt and self-blame, which are most likely undeserved in cases of rejection and betrayal.

      The Inner Critic is motivated by pain, low self-esteem, lack of self-acceptance and lack of self-love.

      Why else would this person abuse you? And since this person is actually you– why else would you abuse yourself? Why would you let anyone treat you this badly?

      2. The Worrier

      This person lives in the future; in the world of “what ifs.”

      The Worrier is motivated by fear which is often irrational and with no basis for it. Occasionally, this person is motivated by fear that what happened in the past will happen again.

      3. The Reactor or Trouble-Maker

      This is the one that triggers anger, frustration and pain. These triggers stem from unhealed wounds of the past. Any experience that is even closely related to a past wound will set him off.

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      This person can be set off by words or feelings, and can even be set off by sounds and smells.

      The Reactor has no real motivation and has poor impulse control and is run by past programming that no longer serves you, if it ever did.

      4. The Sleep Depriver

      This can be a combination of any number of different squatters including the inner planner, the rehasher, and the ruminator, along with the inner critic and the worrier.

      The Sleep Depriver’s motivation can be:

      • As a reaction to silence, which he fights against
      • Taking care of the business you neglected during the day
      • Self-doubt, low self-esteem, insecurity and generalized anxiety
      • As listed above for the inner critic and worrier

      How can you control these squatters?

      How to Master Your Mind

      You are the thinker and the observer of your thoughts. You must pay attention to your thoughts so you can identify “who” is running the show; this will determine which technique you will want to use.

      Begin each day with the intention of paying attention to your thoughts and catching yourself when you are thinking undesirable thoughts.

      There are two ways to control your thoughts:

      • Technique A – Interrupt and replace them
      • Technique B – Eliminate them altogether

      This second option is what is known as peace of mind!

      The technique of interrupting and replacing is a means of reprogramming your subconscious mind. Eventually, the replacement thoughts will become the “go to” thoughts in the applicable situations.

      Use Technique A with the Inner Critic and Worrier; and Technique B with the Reactor and Sleep Depriver.

      For the Inner Critic

      When you catch yourself thinking something negative about yourself (calling yourself names, disrespecting yourself, or berating yourself), interrupt it.

      You can yell (in your mind), “Stop! No!” or, “Enough! I’m in control now.” Then, whatever your negative thought was about yourself, replace it with an opposite or counter thought or an affirmation that begins with “I am.”

      For example, if your thought is, “I’m such a loser,” you can replace it with, “I am a Divine Creation of the Universal Spirit. I am a perfect spiritual being learning to master the human experience. I am a being of energy, light, and matter. I am magnificent, brilliant, and beautiful. I love and approve of myself just as I am.”

      You can also have a dialogue with yourself with the intention of discrediting the ‘voice’ that created the thought, if you know whose voice it is:

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      “Just because so-and-so said I was a loser doesn’t make it true. It was his or her opinion, not a statement of fact. Or maybe they were joking and I took it seriously because I’m insecure.”

      If you recognize that you have recurring self-critical thoughts, you can write out or pre-plan your counter thoughts or affirmation so you can be ready. This is the first squatter you should evict, forcefully, if necessary:

      • They rile up the Worrier.
      • The names you call yourself become triggers when called those names by others, so he also maintains the presence of the Reactor.
      • They are often present when you try to fall asleep so he perpetuates the Sleep Depriver.
      • They are a bully and is verbally and emotionally abusive.
      • They are the destroyer of self-esteem. They convince you that you’re not worthy. They’re a liar! In the interest of your self-worth, get them out!

      Eliminate your worst critic and you will also diminish the presence of the other three squatters.

      Replace them with your new best friends who support, encourage, and enhance your life. This is a presence you want in your mind.

      For the Worrier

      Prolonged anxiety is mentally, emotionally and physically unhealthy. It can have long-term health implications.

      Fear initiates the fight or flight response, creates worry in the mind and creates anxiety in the body.

      You should be able to recognize a “worry thought” immediately by how you feel. The physiological signs that the fight or flight response of fear has kicked in are:

      • Increased heart rate, blood pressure, or surge of adrenaline
      • Shallow breathing or breathlessness
      • Muscles tense

      Use the above stated method to interrupt any thought of worry and then replace it. But this time you will replace your thoughts of worry with thoughts of gratitude for the outcome you wish for.

      If you believe in a higher power, this is the time to engage with it. Here is an example:

      Instead of worrying about my loved ones traveling in bad weather, I say the following (I call it a prayer):

      “Thank you great spirit for watching over _______. Thank you for watching over his/her car and keeping it safe, road-worthy, and free of maintenance issues without warning. Thank you for surrounding him/her with only safe, conscientious, and alert drivers. And thank you for keeping him/her safe, conscientious, and alert.”

      Smile when you think about it or say it aloud, and phrase it in the present tense; both of these will help you feel it and possibly even start to believe it.

      If you can visualize what you are praying for, the visualization will enhance the feeling so you will increase the impact in your vibrational field.

      Now take a calming breath, slowly in through your nose, and slowly out through the mouth. Take as many as you like!

      Replacing fearful thoughts with gratitude will decrease reactionary behavior, taking the steam out of the Reactor.

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      For example:

      If your child gets lost in the mall, the typical parental reaction that follows the fearful thoughts when finding them is to yell at them.

      “I told you never to leave my sight.” This reaction just adds to the child’s fear level from being lost in the first place. Plus, it also teaches them that mom and/or dad will get mad when he or she makes a mistake, which may make them lie to you or not tell you things in the future.

      Change those fearful thoughts when they happen:

      “Thank You (your choice of Higher Power) for watching over my child and keeping him safe. Thank you for helping me find him soon.”

      Then, when you see your child after this thought process, your only reaction will be gratitude, and that seems like a better alternative for all people involved.

      For the Trouble-Maker, Reactor or Over-Reactor

      Permanently eliminating this squatter will take a bit more attention and reflection after the fact to identify and heal the causes of the triggers; but until then, you can prevent the Reactor from getting out of control by initiating conscious breathing as soon as you recognize his presence.

      The Reactor’s thoughts or feelings activate the fight or flight response just like with the Worrier. The physiological signs of his presence will be the same. With a little attention, you should be able to tell the difference between anxiety, anger, frustration, or pain:

      • Increased heart rate and blood pressure; surge of adrenaline
      • Shallow breathing or breathlessness
      • Muscles tension

      I’m sure you’ve heard the suggestion to count to ten when you get angry—well, you can make those ten seconds much more productive if you are breathing consciously during that time.

      Conscious breathing is as simple as it sounds; just be conscious of your breathing. Pay attention to the air going in and coming out.

      Breathe in through your nose:

      • Feel the air entering your nostrils.
      • Feel your lungs filling and expanding.
      • Focus on your belly rising.

      Breathe out through your nose:

      • Feel your lungs emptying.
      • Focus on your belly falling.
      • Feel the air exiting your nostrils.

      Do this for as long as you like. Leave the situation if you want. This gives the adrenaline time to normalize.

      Now you can address the situation with a calmer, more rational perspective and avoid damaging behavior.

      One of the troubles this squatter causes is that it adds to the sleep depriver’s issues. By evicting, or at least controlling the Reactor, you will decrease reactionary behavior, which will decrease the need for the rehashing and ruminating that may keep you from falling asleep.

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      Master your mind and stop the Reactor from bringing stress to you and your relationships!

      For the Sleep Depriver

      (They’re made up of the Inner Planner, the Rehasher and the Ruminator, along with the Inner Critic and the Worrier.)

      I was plagued with a very common problem: not being able to turn off my mind at bedtime. This inability prevented me from falling asleep and thus, getting a restful and restorative night’s sleep.

      Here’s how I mastered my mind and evicted the Sleep Depriver and all his cronies.

      1. I started by focusing on my breathing—paying attention to the rise and fall of my belly—but that didn’t keep the thoughts out for long. (Actually, I now start with checking my at-rest mouth position to keep me from clenching.)
      2. Then I came up with replacement strategy that eliminated uncontrolled thinking—imagining the word in while breathing in and thinking the word out when breathing out. I would (and do) elongate the word to match the length of my breath.

      When I catch myself thinking, I shift back to in, out. With this technique, I am still thinking, sort of, but the wheels are no longer spinning out of control. I am in control of my mind and I choose quiet.

      From the first time I tried this method I started to yawn after only a few cycles and am usually asleep within ten minutes.

      For really difficult nights, I add an increase of attention by holding my eyes in a looking-up position (Closed, of course!). Sometimes I try to look toward my third eye but that really hurts my eyes.

      If you have trouble falling asleep because you can’t shut off your mind, I strongly recommend you try this technique. I still use it every night. You can start sleeping better tonight!

      You can also use this technique any time you want to:

      • Fall back to sleep if you wake up too soon.
      • Shut down your thinking.
      • Calm your feelings.
      • Simply focus on the present moment. 

      The Bottom Line

      Your mind is a tool, and like any other tool, it can be used for constructive purposes or for destructive purposes.

      You can allow your mind to be occupied by unwanted, undesirable and destructive tenants, or you can choose desirable tenants like peace, gratitude, compassion, love, and joy.

      Your mind can become your best friend, your biggest supporter, and someone you can count on to be there and encourage you. The choice is yours!

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