Well, dreaming about it anyway.
Having acquired a couple of “starter” canvasses cheap from ALDI, an age-old desire to try painting might come to something.
Hopefully the old adages about living happily like “sing as if no-one can hear you”, dance as if no-one is looking” etc can include “paint as if no-one cares what it looks like”. I am a creative person, seem to be able to write sensibly and do things with my hands that work. Should be a bit of fun!
Trying to learn something first – http://painting.about.com/od/acrylicpainting/Painting_With_Acrylics.htm
Bob Davies’ Free e-Book: http://www.acrylicpaintingsecrets.com/ebook-thanks.html
Don’t get seduced by all the paint colors available. Start with a few essential colors and get to know each looks and mixes. Buy a tube of these colors:
• naphthol red medium (Buy Direct) or cadmium red (Buy Direct)
• phthalo blue (Buy Direct)
• azo yellow medium (Buy Direct) or cadmium yellow (Buy Direct)
• burnt umber (Buy Direct)
• phthalo green (Buy Direct)
• titanium white (Buy Direct) and
• Payne’s grey (Buy Direct)
You don’t need black to darken colors or for shadows as mixtures of the other colors will give dark colors. I personally like cadmium red medium and cadmium yellow, but you must be careful not to get the paint on your skin as cadmium pigments are poisonous.
• Best Acrylic Paint Brands
• Artist’s Quality vs Student Paints
It’s convenient to have a bit of each paint color squeezed out of the tube onto a palette, ready to be picked up with a brush. Because acrylic paints dry fast, you need a moisture-retaining palette not a traditional wooden one. If you squeeze paint out on an ordinary palette, a lot of it will dry before you’ve used it.
• How Does a Moisture-Retaining Acrylic Palette Work?
You need a container for water for both rinsing your brush clean and for thinning the paint. An empty jam jar will do the trick, though I prefer a plastic container that won’t break if I drop it. You can buy all sorts of containers, including ones with holes along the edges for storing brushes that are drying.
You’ll need something for wiping excess paint off a brush, and for getting most of the paint out before you wash it. I use a roll of paper towel, but an old shirt or sheet torn into rags also works. Avoid anything that’s got moisturizer or cleanser in it as you don’t want to be adding anything to your paint.
How to blend colours: how to blend colours
Paint Clouds, Mountains, and Trees – Art Tuition Video No.53 (landscapeartblog.wordpress.com)
What am I doing?
the above-mentioned canvasses for beginners: