Top Painting Ideas For Beginners: How to Get Started - AJ Thomas

Top Painting Ideas For Beginners: How to Get Started

The word ‘paint’ alone is enough to lighten up anyone’s mood. Some pictures that flashes in my head when I think of painting are blotches of colours on paper, innumerous shades and possibilities, and of letting go of stress and welcoming creativity. But as alluring it sounds, many of us find it overwhelming to start with. 

Drawing or painting in India often is limited to mugging up marks for a better overall score and left out right there. Remember those boring classes which would otherwise drive you crazy but were saved by scribbling different patterns and shapes to calm down the anxiety or pass the time? those sketches to impress your friends or crushes? Took you down the memory lane, didn’t I?
But being critical and ignorant compels creativity to take the back seat!

 In this hectic schedule of ours, it becomes impossible to incorporate these therapeutic habits which not only rejuvenates our mind but also unleashes our creativity which rarely happens in our monotonous routine.

Now, I’m sure you miss that brush, paint and the  paper, don’t you? If you do and want to get started with painting this is just the  right place you have come to. There seem to be a lot of things to think about when just beginning to paint. What medium, art supplies, paper? All of this can be intimidating! Without much further ado, let’s dive right in. There are just three important things to decide when you are painting

Choose Your Surface

There are tons of surfaces out there and as a beginner I would suggest to experiment and discover what kind of surface attracts you or you are comfortable with.


If you are into Watercolor, Ink drawing or Acrylics, this is the medium you should be looking for. For watercolour, you can go with either hot pressed (smooth texture, warm tones, and lighter) or cold-pressed (rough texture, cold tones, heavier). I would recommend trying both of them to get an idea of how the colour reacts on each surface. For Ink drawings, the smooth paper will do just fine. For Acrylics, look for a heavier and smooth paper so that it doesn’t buckle or ripple under your pigments. Also, papers can be both super smooth or have lots of texture, smooth paper is much easier to work with when it comes to a lot of detailing.


Cardboards are great for Acrylic painting. Not only they are cheap but also can be recycled again and again and it comes with tons of different shapes and sizes, so get out there and find the one that suits you.

Canvas (pre-primed)

You can get a primed canvas at any art supply store. It is best for Acrylic painting and Oil painting. It’s basically a stretched and pre- primed pieced of textile which will be handy if you want to start painting right away.

Choose Your Brush

After you sketch a rough structure of your painting or maybe you are one of those who want to dive in directly without sketching, the brush is one of the most important tool you will need and as a beginner, I would suggest you not to waste time or money on buying tons of brushes (I know, they can be tempting but just resist) as this advice

is going to be very useful in future. 

Start with some basic brushes:

·  Flat brush- Use it for Watercolor washes, bold strokes, filling wide spaces, impasto, straight edges and stripes

· Round brush – Medium size will do just fine. Controlled washes, outlining, detailed work filling small areas

· Filbert Brush – Blending, softened edges, details, highlights, fine lines

Choose Your Medium

Starting with water-based mediums such as Acrylics, Watercolour or Gouache is easiest. You don’t have to deal with toxic solvents and cleanup is much easier than Oil colours. I would recommend keeping your colour palette limited to primary colours ( Red, Yellow, Blue) at first.


·  Very versatile, durable
·  Dries very fast and can be painted over easily
·  Water-soluble
·  Different textures can be created
·  Low maintenance
·  Easily available
·  Beginner-friendly

· Easily available
· Hard for beginners but you can surely give it a go
· Water soluble
· Low maintenance
· Takes time to dry and transparent

Oil Colors
· Versatile
· Takes quite a lot of time to dry off
· Various textures can be created
· High Maintenance
· Opaque
· Beginner-friendly

Brands which I recommend (Not sponsored):
· Brustro
· Camlin
· Classmate
· Faber Castell
 So, there you go guys, hope you found this helpful. All the best for your venture in this beautiful world. And let the inner critic take the back seat and hand over the steering to your inner child and your creativity.