Discover Your Inner Artist: A Simple Guide on Learning to Paint
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When Americans think of painting, they often think of construction. More than 350,000 Americans work as construction or maintenance painters. 

Yet painting does not have to be limited to home exteriors. You can start learning to paint portraits and landscapes. You just need to take the first step.

What are the different kinds of paints you can use? What supplies do you need to buy? What principles should you adhere to in your painting? 

Answer these questions and you can become a true artist in little time. Here is your quick guide. 

Pick Your Medium

Not all guides for painting for beginners are the same. There are several mediums you can select when you want to learn to paint. 

Many people learn to paint with acrylics. Acrylic paints are cheap and easy to use, and they dry quickly. Most stores that let you buy paint offer acrylics.

Yet you can start learning how to paint with oils. You can apply a glaze over oil paints, and you can create new colors by mixing oil paints together. Watercolors are difficult to use, but they capture light very well. 

Find Your Supplies

Before you take your first classes, you need to get a lot of supplies. Paints are the first thing you should buy. 

But you also need an easel that will hold your artwork still as you work on it. If you are using acrylic or oil paint, you should get a canvas. You can use paper for watercolor paints. 

You need a palette so you can mix colors together. You can buy a few different brushes so you can paint different textures in your artwork. But you can focus on one brush in particular. 

Study the Fundamentals 

You can learn to paint online or in a live class. The important thing is that you study the fundamentals of painting. 

You should learn how to make hues of different colors. A plant can be green, but it can also have tinges of blue and yellow. Mixing green with these colors will let you capture a plant more realistically. 

The lines in your artwork should point toward a focal point. You can place the point toward the center of your work or off to the side. You can use colors and textures to draw the viewer’s eye toward it. 

You can paint whatever subject you want. But the elements should make sense. Combining realistic elements with fantastical ones can seem too jarring.

How to Start Learning to Paint

Learning to paint is not painful. Most people start with acrylic paints and work their way to more difficult mediums. But you can get right into oil and watercolor paints. 

Make sure you have plenty of supplies on hand. You need a lot of paint in addition to canvases and a sturdy easel. 

Find a class that will walk you through the fundamentals. You should understand how to use different colors and develop a focal point. 

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