A Beginner Decides To Paint

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You have always loved drawing and now you want more. Color is suddenly important and learning how to use it to create a painting is the next goal you have in mind. Deciding what type of paint to use can be a daunting task if one does not have the information to make an informed decision. It all sounds so exotic, creative and expensive. Spending time researching the various mediums available is time well spent, and saves disappointment and dollars from making a poor choice. As you explore the various types of paints and accessories available, think about what you wish to accomplish. Consider the kind of paintings you want to create, your lifestyle and the time and space you will allocate to your new avocation. Grandiose images of a painting cluttered atelier may dance through your head, but most of us do not have the luxury of great amounts of time or money to devote to a hobby. Acrylic Paint This paint is an all-around product that can emulate both watercolor and oil painting. Acrylic paint, and its companion products, are generally non-toxic and are easy to clean up with soap and water. Advantages Because acrylic paint dries so quickly it is perfect for the person who has limited time and space to apply to their hobby. It is easy to set up on a kitchen table or corner of a bedroom, and since it dries quickly, it is convenient to store works in progress. When dry, acrylics are impervious to moisture. This allows multiple layers to be painted in a relatively short space of time and makes it a good choice for murals. Acrylic paint may be used as it comes from the tube, much like an oil paint, or it can be thinned with water to the consistency of watercolor paint. When used alone, or with paste medium, it can be built ... ... middle of paper ... ...e, there are any numbers of books, videos and on-line sources to begin his studies. Many communities have classes available at local colleges, and arts organizations offer small classes for beginning artists. Local art supply stores make purchasing supplies easy, but on-line sources may have far better pricing. Comparison-shopping is important, as prices can vary considerably. Pay for a good quality of materials and save money by purchasing a minimal number of colors, brushes and other supplies. Fear of failure is common for beginning artists. Expect to have difficulties. Some things will come easily, while others simply elude comprehension. Practice is the key, and repetition is important to mastering a technique. If you find you are not suited to a particular medium, move on to another. The most important thing to remember is to have fun and enjoy yourself.

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