Painting for beginners – getting started, tips and tricks

Painting for beginners

Painting pictures is very easy – you just have to know how to start. Learning to paint is often a seemingly difficult thing to do for beginners . This article explains the first steps to painting. You will also find a few helpful tips and tricks that can make getting started painting pictures a lot easier.

Paint, but how?

Children can paint, just like that. They do not think about it, but take what they just find. The older you get, the bigger the hurdle to simply paint on it. Why? Because painting is a matter of the head . Many beginners believe that it is their Hand Be that which doesn’t do what they want. However, it is not like that. Can you write her name? Then her hand can do all that is necessary for painting. Painting is a matter of the head, and who wants to learn to paint, must be ready for it in his head.

Painting is very simple!


It’s really child’s play: take a piece of paper, and any pen, and start. Paint a few zigzag lines, an arc, and another arc. Paint an irregular shape. Or try to paint like a child. Just let the pen or brush run free. Let the hand paint, freely and without any predefinition. Just do it in a way that is physically fun and mentally relaxing. Try not to paint realistically – even if that is their goal. You don’t learn to paint realistically as a beginner, but as an advanced artist. But to learn it, you first have to get to this stage. Be free and enjoy the vibrancy of color.

Do not take on too much

Don’t try to paint a masterpiece. Often learning to paint fails because of your own expectations. Do not take on too much. Let the color run free. Painting for beginners also means being humble. If you put yourself under pressure, painting will fail, especially for beginners.

To start over again and again

Especially in the beginning you should not "bite" into a picture. If you don’t know what to do next, finish this page. Start a new picture, just as free and loose. Learning to paint always involves looking at what you have done afterwards. And the more sheets they can look at the end of a painting afternoon or evening, the faster and more effectively you learn painting.

As simple as possible!

As said before: to master the hand is the smallest problem. It is much more important to get your head on track to follow your own creativity. Do not burden yourself with unnecessary technical bells and whistles. Mastering the watercolor technique requires years of practice with watercolors.

Start with an oil painting set?

I would advise against it. Painting for beginners means finding joy in painting. Oil painting is in itself a huge mess. Sorry :-) The colors stink and are unhealthy. You need solvents, which stink even more and are just as unhealthy. You need rags, paint constantly spills down – or you have to discipline yourself in such a way that the joy of painting cannot develop at all. Therefore the advice: beginners should not paint with oil paint at first.

Start with watercolors

Watercolors, for example a school ink box or a watercolor set for beginners, are much easier to handle. You can paint on paper. The pictures dry much faster and are much easier to store. Collect their works in a drawer or folder.

Beginner equipment for first painting steps

Before you start: set up three glasses with water: one to roughly wash out the farebn of the brushes, one to remove the fine traces of paint, and the third should always have clear water. With this water they go into the colors.

Colors: red yellow blue green..

Get 5 brushes: 3 medium sized, ca. Strength 12. Add a fine one, but not too small, so you don’t get tangled up. And the third should be really big, so ca. 2 -3 cm wide. Try from the beginning to hold three or four brushes in your hand and to paint alternately with theirs. Take a brush for red/purple/orange, one for money and one for blue/green. Never mix this brush with the other colors. The colors on your paintings will thus shine from the very beginning. A common beginner’s mistake is to gray out the colors by mixing through the box with only one brush, which never really washes out cleanly. That will not work.

Important: good paper

I have said: as simple as possible. That includes: as inexpensive as possible. Because you should never be afraid of the price of the material. Failure of a painting is part of the artistic, creative process. So: everything as simple as possible. Only with the paper one should look somewhat more exactly. Because it sucks terribly when you paint with watercolor and the cheap printer paper curls immediately.

get some strong paper that is suitable for watercolor painting from a specialized dealer. My tip: ca. 150 grams, as cheap as possible.

What do you want?

Self-portrait in the rain

Self portrait in the rain

In the beginning you should not spend too long on one picture. Try to spend a maximum of 20 minutes on one painting. Then start the next. Then, when you have painted a few pictures and have had enough for the day, look at all the pictures again. If it is possible, hang them with pins next to each other on a wall. And think about which one you like best. Why is this? Try to get to the bottom of their own drive. Why do you want to paint? What do you want to achieve? Strive for recognition? Paint for yourself, for relaxation. Or do you actually paint to impress others.

Conclusion: Painting for beginners

In "Painting for beginners" two things are important: the playful handling of the material, and the clarification of which way you want to develop further. More about this later..

If you want to paint realistic pictures, you might want to read this article first: "Realistic drawing or painting requires learning to see". And if you do want to start with oil paint (maybe because you got an oil painting kit as a gift), but can’t get ahead, you can try this: . "Finger painting: oil painting times with your fingers".

Here is some basic information for beginners:

And if this all seems too much and too complicated for you to start with, you can use ev. Get started with "paint by numbers.

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