I have been asked how my “learning to paint” was going, so I’m going to humbly share some of my attempts. I can see improvement (you don’t get to see the fails, lol), and I would definitely tell anyone to at least try it.
I went the inexpensive route to start with (just in case I hated it).
- started with small all media paper 5″ x 7″
- small paint tube set for $5.00 acrylic (there are oil & watercolors too)
- added .50¢ bottles of paint as confidence built (Walmart)
- a few sets of decent brushes small packs (for detailing), and general sized brushes
- a 3 pk of canvas boards 8″ x 10″ ($2.97 Walmart)
- a 9″ x 12″ canvas paper (I think $3.97-15 sheets)
- had access to a bunch of shiny white paper (back of posters from a theater)
- and other small accessories, but I use a paper plate as the palette for mixing colors
I didn’t expect much at first, but am definitely improving, so that turned into getting excited to paint now.
I tried one Bob Ross lesson on shiny paper & canvas. The shiny paper turned out better, even though I couldn’t “blend” the colors well. I don’t have a hang of blending, pulling and swiping to make the mirror effect in water yet. My paint turns to blobs (so do the clouds). I have yet to have a decent attempt-have to figure that out…adding water isn’t doing it. I also did the nice tree, small mountains with grass and the gray picture with red flowers on tree off a YouTube beginner class. The rest was done in hopes of transferring what I saw in my head to paper/canvas, (yeah..).
Oh well, life goes on! If you have a hyper mind or a lot of stress, painting definitely soothes the mind and relaxes the body as well. I understand why people in pain tend to paint.
Have a great day! I am.