There are a few hobbies out there that can be super beneficial to your mental health and very simple to do from basically anywhere, all they require is just a few simple supplies. Painting, is, of course, one of those hobbies that can be picked up and enjoyed at any age. It is a very relaxing, fun, and therapeutic pastime that can be done from the comfort of your own home.
If you’re thinking of taking up the art of painting and immersing yourself in this fantastically creative outlet but have never picked up a paintbrush before, then keep on reading, as we have put together the ultimate beginners guide for those wanting to get into painting for the very first time.
Get started with a beginners kit
There is no shame in getting some extra, much-needed help at the start of your painting journey. There are so many starter and beginner kits for amateur painters that want to be guided through how to create a beautiful masterpiece. One of the most sought after beginner kits is Paint by Numbers, which has taken the world by storm, especially during those long months of lockdown. They provide numbered canvases that show you where each coloured paint number should go, leaving you with an artistic image at the end. They also provide you with everything you need, so all you need to do is sit back, relax, and get painting!
Get stocked up!
Any amateur artist wanting to master this craft needs to be stocked up on all of the equipment and supplies they need to create beautiful pieces. The general supplies that you need to get you started are:
- A canvas (for oil or acrylic paints) or paper (for watercolour paints)
- An easel to support your artwork and keep it held up
- A colour palette to mix and experiment with paints
- Palette knives
The majority of these supplies can be easily attained and purchased from your local art store or bought online.
Think about what you want to paint
For an artist, painting starts before they have even let their paintbrush hit the canvas. Selecting a subject to paint should be the first step of your painting process., and can often be one of the most difficult. Finding inspiration and wanting to paint something meaningful that will make an impact is every artist’s ambition when it comes to creating masterpieces.
Deciding on a particular subject or theme to paint can be quite challenging for those that are not used to painting. Don’t put too much pressure on yourself to pick the perfect image to create. Concentrate on the technique and then you will find inspiration coming to you to help immerse yourself in this creative process.
If you are really struggling with thinking of a subject to paint, here are some questions you can ask yourself to help you decide; is there a specific reason that makes you want to paint this particular subject? Does this subject provide you with any added inspiration? Do you have the required supplies and equipment needed to paint this subject? Are you actually capable of creating this subject in mind?