Ever looked at a piece at a modern art museum and thought you could do the same, especially when it looks like someone threw a can of paint at the canvas? Painting is a fun way to get the creative juices flowing and express whatever you’re feeling. To start painting, you need the proper equipment to do so. That might be a challenge to find since you’re just starting out, but not to worry! Here’s an infographic to help you get started.
There are three main components to look out for when you’re wanting to create your masterpiece. You’ll want applicators, applicants, and surfaces. For your applicators, you can choose from a variety of brush types. There are brushes for blending, sketching, detailing, etc. There are also palette knives to assist with color mixing and smooth stroke painting.
Applicants are the material applied to the surface you create on. For applicants, you have graphite pencils, paints, pastels, and charcoal. Each applicant produces a different result, so it is all up to you when deciding which one to use. If you’re looking for rich, deep color, try using oil paints. If you’re looking for a material that produces vibrant color without the use of a brush, try using pastels. Whatever material you’re looking for, I’m sure it’s provided on this list.
Finally, you have your surfaces. The most common surfaces used for painting would be canvas and paper. Canvas can come with three different types, cotton duck, linen, and watercolor. Each type of canvas has a recommended applicator and applicant associated with it. There are six types of paper that you can use for painting. When you buy paper, consider the absorbency, weight, cost, and texture.
If you have trouble getting those creative juices flowing, try these tips to awaken your creativity. Happy painting!