Top 8 Tips for Beginner Painters

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Before I wrap up this blog for good with this final post, here are my top 8 tips for beginner painters based on what I’ve learned these past few months.

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Create a Swirled Abstract Painting

This was a rough one, guys. Not sure what I did wrong — maybe I added too much water to the paint, or maybe I used the wrong kind of canvas? — but it didn’t turn out how I imagined…

This is kind of how it was supposed to look, according this tutorial by Azure11.

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Beautiful ocean wave-like paintings, right? Not so much for me.

Let me use this failure to say, be sure to buy the right kind of canvas for your painting project.

  • Cotton duck canvas is common and cheap, but easily stretched.
  • Linen canvas is weaved tighter than cotton duck canvas, making it ideal for detailed paintings
  • Watercolor canvas (as opposed to watercolor paper) allows the paint to stay wet longer
  • Canvas panels are what I use for these weekly paintings because they’re cheap and sturdy, but I wouldn’t necessarily recommend them for any serious projects

I honestly almost threw the painting away, it was a mess! Have you ever had a similar experience?

Create Flowers with Paint Splatters

Paint flowers in a rush with a flick of your brush. This flower garden painting is based on a tutorial by Tammy Northrup, who has a lot of splattered paintings similar to the one she highlights in her tutorial I referenced.

She suggests watercolors for the background. Since I only own acrylic paint, I watered the paint down to make it thinner and easier to spread. What’s the difference between the two paints? Mainly, watercolor tends to be more transparent, making it great for layering. Acrylic paint is opaque, so you can’t add a transparent layer over other layers. Acrylic also dries faster.

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BONUS: My dog makes an appearance in this week’s video. 🙂

Which do you like better, watercolors or acrylics? Answer below, or tell me about what project you’re working on now!