10 Steps to Starting a Painting Without Forgetting Anything


Tips on painting that I need to remember more often. I tend to just start painting, getting 10% done, and then realised I’ve not got the right colour in, or the cleaner is in the other room. So here is my list…

1. Prepare your materials: Get all your painting supplies in one place. Make sure you have the right brushes, paints, canvas, palette, turpentine, and any other items you need.

2. Plan your painting: Consider what you want to paint. Think about the composition, colour scheme, and subject matter of the painting. You can make a sketch or rough outline of your concept.

3. Set up your workspace: Find a comfortable and appropriate workspace. Make sure there is enough light and ventilation and that you can comfortably reach your canvas.

4. Make a colour chart: Create a colour chart to ensure you have all the colours you need. Label each colour on the chart and record its corresponding number or name.

5. Prime your canvas: Prime your canvas with gesso or primer to prepare it for painting. This will help the paint adhere to the canvas.

6. Divide your canvas: Divide your canvas into sections to help you organise your painting. You can use a light pencil to draw guides for the different elements of your painting.

7. Mix your colours: Mix your colours and test them on a small section of canvas to ensure they look the way you want them to.

8. Start painting: Begin painting using your prepared sketch, colour chart, and divided canvas as guides. Work in layers, building up your painting as you go.

9. Take breaks: Take breaks as needed to avoid fatigue and ensure you stay fresh and focused.

10. Evaluate your progress: Stop and evaluate your painting often to make sure you are achieving the desired effect. Make adjustments as needed to improve the composition, colour, and overall look of your painting.

Abbie (215)

Site owner and painter of awesome oils and watercolours. Manager + on large art site Pixels.com

Just married to Robin another artist and sculptor. We live with two Shepweiler's, two demented budgies and 3 fish

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