Learn to Paint – Are you pointed in the right direction?

by Neadeen Masters on May 10, 2012

Learn to Paint with four time saving tips!

So you started to paint a few years ago…you dabbled and played around with paint. You went to the nearest art supply store; the clerk had you buy a handful of brushes, a few tubes of paint, bottles of liquid ‘stuff’ and several canvas surfaces. Now what? You needed to learn to paint!

There were a few pictures you really wanted to paint, but when you realized there was more to mixing colors, and rendering what you saw, you gave up! After a few unsuccessful attempts at painting on your own, frustration set in. You really didn’t have a clue where you were going or what you were doing. Bummer!

Sound familiar? Well don’t feel badly, it happens to many folks who have had the same inclination to paint. Today we can make your first painting experience a much more positive and successful one. Say thank goodness for the internet and Art Apprentice Online. Here’s how you can save time and reach your painting goals a lot faster…

Save The Frustration when You Learn To Paint

  1. Get to know your supplies and tools of the trade – We can’t drive a car if we don’t understand how the gears work, or what the foot pedals do. When we learn to paint, it’s the same…we must know the important basics about our supplies. We must know how to use paint , which kind of paint and the differences between colors and pigments. We also should know about mediums and how they work. We should also know about the tools we use, brushes, easels, and palette knives etc.
  2. Surface preparation – knowing what surface to buy and how to prepare it correctly will make the painting experience so much more fun. Painting on rough canvas is no picnic…but painting on a smooth well prepared canvas is a dream…Can we paint on wood or glass, or tin or tile? These are all potential surfaces we can decorate with paintings…Knowing when to choose one and how to prepare it is the key to successfull craftsmanship.
  3. Understanding value – Even more important than color is ‘value.’ A successful painting depends on our understanding of light and dark. After all, painting is all about interpreting how light affects an object and how we see it. Many new artists struggle to create basic shapes and forms because they didn’t realize how important this concept of value and form is.
  4. Color  Mixing – here’s where we can get so frustrated that we pack it in! But not if you have a good foundation in color and color mixing. It doesn’t take a university degree to learn some basic mixing skills. Knowing how to lighten, darken, or  brighten a color will become second nature when you know how to take the fastest approach to color mixing. Changing from one color to the next will be  so much easier than you ever though…ONLY IF YOU KNOW HOW! We can teach you a very easy method to do this.
Understanding Pigments and Paint - Learn to paint - Art Apprentice Online Art School Understanding Pigments and Paint – Learn to paint – Art Apprentice Online Art School

When the new artist has a well thought out plan…they can move forward with confidence knowing they are pointing in the right direction. Learn to paint and build a strong foundation right from the beginning. For more information on these or any other types of artistic instruction…contact any teacher at the Art Apprentice Online.

Email: info@artapprenticeonline.com

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