Painting Lesson: How to Paint and What Paints to Use

Painters, artists, and designers … did you wonder a lot about what to paint? How to paint? Or What paints to use?

Whether working on a small or a big sized painting, choosing the right materials and paints is the first choice to make. It may be tempting to randomly choose whatever catches your eye and use it as a primary medium or a certain type of paint. But if you know less how to use it, it might ruin your painting.

I get curious sometimes when coming across new and unfamiliar paints, but knowing how to use it well is what I must consider. This way, I can smartly shop for the paints and materials my paintings require. It’s actually a fun process! Exploring art stores and shopping for new materials is a new journey to me. But instead of randomly shopping, I’d rather focus on the paints I highly use then look up for new ones.

Free-style paintings don’t require special materials unless you have a signature style where you use specific materials for effects and so on. For instance, oil painters use oil paints for their painting. It’s difficult to mix oils with acrylics to have better results. That won’t do it. Another example is Chinese paintings. Mostly watercolors are used in Chinese paintings without mixing them with special paints and neons. At times, the simple the materials you use, the better the result. Just like the Japanese minimalism concept.

Each art has its own materials. Sometime materials are specific to give specific results, or you can replace them. Yet, when you replace materials (unless you had to), it won’t give the same results.

Understand the art you’re mostly interested in. That’s how you know how to build your own art studio. You’ll have the exact materials you required for the kind of art you love.

For me, some of the materials I use for Illumination paintings I don’t use them for other paintings. That’s why, I organized a small space with Illumination paintings’ materials set next to each other. So that I can easily grab and use them. Also, materials I use for calligraphy are set in another space next to illumination materials. This helps me know where my materials are and use them easily.

It takes some time to familiarize yourself with art, painting, and painting materials you require the best. But the more you work on it the better you’ll get at it.

So, did you set up your own art studio? Or have an art space of your own?


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