The Basics of Painting on Skillshare


Painting is a versatile art form, and artists can use a variety of mediums to create the perfect painting. The most common are acrylic, gouache, ink, and watercolor. Most artists use at least one of these, or a combination of them. If you’re interested in learning more about painting, there are several great courses available on Skillshare. The process isn’t difficult, but it can be challenging to get started.

When you’re starting a new painting, there are some basic steps you should follow. First, prepare your materials. You’ll need a brush. It’s a good idea to get one that has a pointed end, such as a paintbrush. Another good option is a palette knife. You’ll need to keep the brush wet, and then flick the paint onto the canvas.

Next, choose a subject. This can be challenging, but it’s essential to choose a subject you love and find inspiring. Look for something with clear color harmony and an interesting design. It’s important to think about your subject’s design before choosing a painting subject, so you can paint it in a way you’re proud of.

When it comes to medium, acrylics and watercolours are the best choices for beginners. They are easy to use and don’t require expensive supplies. However, you can also use other mediums if you’re not sure which one suits you best. Alternatively, you can explore gouache, watercolor, and pastels.

A painting’s design is the way it organizes visual elements. A well-designed painting will have great presence. It can be designed to achieve a certain mood or express a particular idea. The colour of a particular subject and the placement of the principal image can also be influenced by representational or symbolic considerations. The formal interplay between colours and shapes creates a sense of space, volume, and movement. It can even suggest a story or theme.

Oil paints, on the other hand, have a thick buttery consistency and can stay wet for days or even weeks. This means they don’t dry completely and can crack, but they do add depth to a painting. However, oil paints do not dry quickly, so the artist must be patient when working with them. They also have a distinct smell that comes from the oils. It’s important to know the difference between these mediums when choosing the best paint for your painting.

Gouache is another popular medium for painting. Its consistency is halfway between acrylic and watercolour, making it an ideal choice for digitally finishing a piece. Gouache is also a great medium for painting color gradients. Once dried, gouache paints are almost opaque. You’ll be surprised at how vivid gouache can be. You can mix a variety of colours and textures and still get a unique painting.

Oil painting is a traditional medium, but it is also difficult for beginners. It has a smooth feel and a wonderful smell. It uses drying oils as a binder, which creates a buttery texture. Poppy seed, walnut, and linseed oil are all examples of oils used in oil painting.