Painting Guide for Beginners

Posted by on Aug 27, 2014 in Blog, Design Inspiration | 0 comments

Painting Guide for Beginners

Painting Guide for Beginners

We would like to thank Ms Val for the following article. 

If you are interested in creating your own artwork but do not want to attend art classes, this is an easy DIY project that you can try.

Materials needed.

  • Brushes – minimum 3; big, medium and small
  • A box of acrylic paint or individual tubes (if you know what colours you want).
  • Plastic covers – recycled from fruit boxes or any plastic boxes. Non-coloured ones are best as you will be able to see the colors that you have mixed.
  • A 12” by 12” canvas. (Available from the arts supplies shop, such as Art Friends at The Gardens and The Curves
  • A bottle of Liquitex gloss.

material 1        material

Note: Instead of using a piece of canvas, you can practice your painting technique on a piece of art-block paper.


  • Plan your design on a piece of art-block paper. If you are a beginner, it is best to do a simple design with few colours.
  • Wet the biggest paint brush. Squeeze the acrylic paint of background colour directly onto the canvas and paint all over evenly, adding paint when needed.
  • Set the canvas aside to dry.
  • Trace the design on a piece of tracing paper with a 2B pencil. Turn the paper over and retrace the design on the reverse side. This will help transfer the design onto the canvas.
  • Make sure that the background paint is thoroughly dried before you trace the design onto the canvas.

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  • Use the plastic cover as a palette to hold your paint or to mix your paint. When done, just throw it away. Save on washing a store-bought palette.
  • Fill in your design with the colour scheme that you have planned. The advantage of using acrylic paint is that if you don’t like the colour, you can wait for the paint to dry and then paint over it with another colour.

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  • Tip : You can also experiment with the paint to create texture. Crunch a ball of newspaper, lightly dab with paint and then dab on canvas, as per the background of the painting below:

Figure 1

  • Let the paint dry overnight before applying gloss over the whole artwork to protect the paint. Use a dry, clean brush. Pour out some gloss into a disposable cup. Spread gloss evenly over the artwork in quick and light strokes, making sure that every inch is covered.
  • Your first painting is now finished.

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Have fun creating your very own master piece!






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