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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 September 16, 2019

      How to Stop Procrastinating: 11 Practical Ways for Procrastinators

      How to Stop Procrastinating: 11 Practical Ways for Procrastinators

      You have a deadline looming. However, instead of doing your work, you are fiddling with miscellaneous things like checking email, social media, watching videos, surfing blogs and forums. You know you should be working, but you just don’t feel like doing anything.

      We are all familiar with the procrastination phenomenon. When we procrastinate, we squander away our free time and put off important tasks we should be doing them till it’s too late. And when it is indeed too late, we panic and wish we got started earlier.

      The chronic procrastinators I know have spent years of their life looped in this cycle. Delaying, putting off things, slacking, hiding from work, facing work only when it’s unavoidable, then repeating this loop all over again. It’s a bad habit that eats us away and prevents us from achieving greater results in life.

      Don’t let procrastination take over your life. Here, I will share my personal steps on how to stop procrastinating. These 11 steps will definitely apply to you too:

      1. Break Your Work into Little Steps

      Part of the reason why we procrastinate is because subconsciously, we find the work too overwhelming for us. Break it down into little parts, then focus on one part at the time. If you still procrastinate on the task after breaking it down, then break it down even further. Soon, your task will be so simple that you will be thinking “gee, this is so simple that I might as well just do it now!”.

      For example, I’m currently writing a new book (on How to achieve anything in life). Book writing at its full scale is an enormous project and can be overwhelming. However, when I break it down into phases such as –

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      • (1) Research
      • (2) Deciding the topic
      • (3) Creating the outline
      • (4) Drafting the content
      • (5) Writing Chapters #1 to #10,
      • (6) Revision
      • (7) etc.

      Suddenly it seems very manageable. What I do then is to focus on the immediate phase and get it done to my best ability, without thinking about the other phases. When it’s done, I move on to the next.

      2. Change Your Environment

      Different environments have different impact on our productivity. Look at your work desk and your room. Do they make you want to work or do they make you want to snuggle and sleep? If it’s the latter, you should look into changing your workspace.

      One thing to note is that an environment that makes us feel inspired before may lose its effect after a period of time. If that’s the case, then it’s time to change things around. Refer to Steps #2 and #3 of 13 Strategies To Jumpstart Your Productivity, which talks about revamping your environment and workspace.

      3. Create a Detailed Timeline with Specific Deadlines

      Having just 1 deadline for your work is like an invitation to procrastinate. That’s because we get the impression that we have time and keep pushing everything back, until it’s too late.

      Break down your project (see tip #1), then create an overall timeline with specific deadlines for each small task. This way, you know you have to finish each task by a certain date. Your timelines must be robust, too – i.e. if you don’t finish this by today, it’s going to jeopardize everything else you have planned after that. This way it creates the urgency to act.

      My goals are broken down into monthly, weekly, right down to the daily task lists, and the list is a call to action that I must accomplish this by the specified date, else my goals will be put off.

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      Here’re more tips on setting deadlines: 22 Tips for Effective Deadlines

      4. Eliminate Your Procrastination Pit-Stops

      If you are procrastinating a little too much, maybe that’s because you make it easy to procrastinate.

      Identify your browser bookmarks that take up a lot of your time and shift them into a separate folder that is less accessible. Disable the automatic notification option in your email client. Get rid of the distractions around you.

      I know some people will out of the way and delete or deactivate their facebook accounts. I think it’s a little drastic and extreme as addressing procrastination is more about being conscious of our actions than counteracting via self-binding methods, but if you feel that’s what’s needed, go for it.

      5. Hang out with People Who Inspire You to Take Action

      I’m pretty sure if you spend just 10 minutes talking to Steve Jobs or Bill Gates, you’ll be more inspired to act than if you spent the 10 minutes doing nothing. The people we are with influence our behaviors. Of course spending time with Steve Jobs or Bill Gates every day is probably not a feasible method, but the principle applies — The Hidden Power of Every Single Person Around You

      Identify the people, friends or colleagues who trigger you – most likely the go-getters and hard workers – and hang out with them more often. Soon you will inculcate their drive and spirit too.

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      As a personal development blogger, I “hang out” with inspiring personal development experts by reading their blogs and corresponding with them regularly via email and social media. It’s communication via new media and it works all the same.

      6. Get a Buddy

      Having a companion makes the whole process much more fun. Ideally, your buddy should be someone who has his/her own set of goals. Both of you will hold each other accountable to your goals and plans. While it’s not necessary for both of you to have the same goals, it’ll be even better if that’s the case, so you can learn from each other.

      I have a good friend whom I talk to regularly, and we always ask each other about our goals and progress in achieving those goals. Needless to say, it spurs us to keep taking action.

      7. Tell Others About Your Goals

      This serves the same function as #6, on a larger scale. Tell all your friends, colleagues, acquaintances and family about your projects. Now whenever you see them, they are bound to ask you about your status on those projects.

      For example, sometimes I announce my projects on The Personal Excellence Blog, Twitter and Facebook, and my readers will ask me about them on an ongoing basis. It’s a great way to keep myself accountable to my plans.

      8. Seek out Someone Who Has Already Achieved the Outcome

      What is it you want to accomplish here, and who are the people who have accomplished this already? Go seek them out and connect with them. Seeing living proof that your goals are very well achievable if you take action is one of the best triggers for action.

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      9. Re-Clarify Your Goals

      If you have been procrastinating for an extended period of time, it might reflect a misalignment between what you want and what you are currently doing. Often times, we outgrow our goals as we discover more about ourselves, but we don’t change our goals to reflect that.

      Get away from your work (a short vacation will be good, else just a weekend break or staycation will do too) and take some time to regroup yourself. What exactly do you want to achieve? What should you do to get there? What are the steps to take? Does your current work align with that? If not, what can you do about it?

      10. Stop Over-Complicating Things

      Are you waiting for a perfect time to do this? That maybe now is not the best time because of X, Y, Z reasons? Ditch that thought because there’s never a perfect time. If you keep waiting for one, you are never going to accomplish anything.

      Perfectionism is one of the biggest reasons for procrastination. Read more about why perfectionist tendencies can be a bane than a boon: Why Being A Perfectionist May Not Be So Perfect.

      11. Get a Grip and Just Do It

      At the end, it boils down to taking action. You can do all the strategizing, planning and hypothesizing, but if you don’t take action, nothing’s going to happen. Occasionally, I get readers and clients who keep complaining about their situations but they still refuse to take action at the end of the day.

      Reality check:

      I have never heard anyone procrastinate their way to success before and I doubt it’s going to change in the near future.  Whatever it is you are procrastinating on, if you want to get it done, you need to get a grip on yourself and do it.

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