There are lots of people who love the idea of painting or creating art, but who are intimidated by the idea of getting started. Don’t be! It doesn’t take much to be on your way to creating art your way. Read on to learn more about how to start making art, even if you haven’t painted anything other than your bedroom walls.
Watercolor: Watercolors are a great way to start painting, as they are fairly easy to use and very accessible in terms of price and availability. You’ll need to get a set of watercolor pans or tubes of color. Start with a limited palette of Ultramarine Blue and Burnt Sienna.
Gouache: Gouache is a fancy name for opaque watercolor paint. You can probably use the same brushes that you use for watercolors. Gouache mimics oil painting as you can also go from dark to light on a light-colored surface. The limited palette of Ultramarine Blue and Burnt Sienna works here too. You can also mix Chinese white with your watercolor paints to create your own gouache-style paints.
Acrylic: Acrylic is also great for beginners as it is very forgiving to work with and there are lots of fantastic colors to choose from. They are also versatile: when applied thinly, they act sort of like watercolors, and when applied thickly, they act like oil paints. Student-grade paint is fine for learning, but the higher-end paints do contain more pigment. A limited palette of Titanium White, Burnt Sienna, and Ultramarine Blue is a good starter set.
You’ll also need to purchase brushes and painting surfaces. People who work at art supply stores will be happy to help you find supplies that fit your project and price range. Brushes may seem pricey, but good brushes are well worth the money.
Other things that you’ll want to set yourself up with (but probably already have around the house) include containers for water, rags or paper towels, paper plates to serve as disposable palettes, a plastic palette knife, and a table.