Hello again. My favorite way to learn is by using Books and you-tube. Before I was familiar with you-tube I bought a lot of books. Usually used, they are just as good. And a little paint never hurt anyone. At the beginning of each book, it tells about the medium. Get basic beginners set in oil and in acrylic. The tubes of paint are tiny or they don’t cost much. I like to do my practicing on paper that has the texture of a canvas. they are readily available in the craft stores. Buy what you will need to proceed, like paint and brushes and canvases.
By now you have probably chosen a medium. That is why you bought that particular book. Is it a book that starts you out with a painting to paint. When just practicing I used the paper canvas. It comes in a large tablet And that way I didn’t feel guilty messing up a canvas. Use just inexpensive paint until you know what you like.
Have plenty of paper plates and paper towels within reach. And an old jar or big old glass for water. Pick your brush and do with the book says, step by step. I use to practice just painting grasses, rocks or clouds. Until I was happy with the outcome.
For watercolor ” Handbook of Watercolor Landscapes Tips and Techniques ” By Richard Bolton, Geoff Kersey, Joe Francis Dowden, and Janet Whittle. It has Chapters on Skies, water, flowers, Landscapes, and nature. a Big book with 376 pages jam-packed full.
For acrylics, I loved the Jerry Yarnell series. I painting many practice pictures of his. And if you are lucky you can catch him on PBS. Another is “All about Acrylics” It covers instruction, painting grounds, Tools, Color theory and Painting techniques. There are many projects where you can use acrylics. You can paint on furniture, shelves, boxes or old gates. Your imagination is your guide. But after I was done painting everything in the house. I got serious about paintings on canvases.
Then with Oils, there are more books to choose from than there are brands of paint. And because there are so many you can use the paintings in there as inspiration. I do not personally have recommendations for Watercolor and pastels. I won’t lie, I haven’t tried them. I really like the look.
As I said before I prefer soft-bodied paint. That way I don’t spend a lot of time thinking it out. And with acrylics, you can only dilute them so much or they run the risk of coming off your canvas. when they are to thin they won’t adhere properly. If you want to use a paint pallet that you can close up and it keeps your paint moist. They can be bought or made. Use an old flat plastic sealable container. I like a larger one so I have room to mix paint colors in the container. Then my perfect color for the sky is OK if you need to touch up. Then you want a heavy body paint so the paint won’t flatten out and the colors won’t run into each other.
The big thing is practice practice, practice. And it needs to be a passion or the thing you do that is fun and relaxing, or both. A great painter wasn’t born overnight. Don’t get discouraged and give up like so many do. Nothing worth really having never came easily. So keep on trying. And listen to others. Because you will be your own worse critic. Go easy on your self. Remember beauty i ” rel=”noopener” target=”_blank”>s in the eye of the beholder. And everyone likes different things.
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