3 Major Mistakes To Avoid When Painting for the First Time

Sára Vass/ February 4, 2022/ Home Interior/ 0 comments

Like any other industry, painting comes with its own challenges, and mistakes are part of the journey. While it’s normal to make a mistake in your painting, the real challenge comes when you’re unable to identify the mistakes and learn from them. Whether you’re into oil painting, spray painting, or simply enjoy the beauty of acrylic landscape painting, knowing what is wrong with your painting is the first step to becoming an excellent painter. 

Painting for the First Time

As a beginner, you’ll likely not notice some of the major mistakes in your painting, but you can tell when something is wrong with your work. That means you will struggle to narrow down the problem, which can be exhausting. This article will list three major mistakes to avoid when painting for the first time.

Poor Subject Selection

One of the main mistakes beginner painters make even before touching a brush is selecting a poor subject. When it comes to painting, you need to be fully immersed in your imagination. The subject cannot make your painting great no matter how well you paint it as long as you’re not inspired or excited to paint. Always determine whether your painting has a focal point or something interesting and exciting about it. On the other hand, you don’t want to be too selective as a beginner. Instead, create and keep a collection of photos to select from when you lack inspiration.

Painting With the Wrong Brushes

Painting is an art that you perfect with time and practice. While it occurs naturally for some painters, beginner painters might not know how to use their brushes correctly, which leads to painting the wrong details with the wrong brushes. Painting brushes come in multiple widths. Smaller brushes are designed to handle the finer details and can only be used at the end. Avoid adding details too early as it makes the painting look overworked. Start with your big brushes to work on the bigger structures and shapes. Move to the medium brushes and finally to the smaller brushes to paint the final details.

Using Too Much Color

Using many highly saturated colors to paint makes our painting busy and uncomfortable to look at. If you’re a landscape painter, you will notice that most of the colors you come across are low-intensity versions. While there is nothing wrong with using vivid colors especially when painting flowers like roses or sunflowers, you might want to dull some colors at some point to reduce saturation.

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