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Old 11-25-2013, 03:08 PM
 
Location: Port St Lucie Florida
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I have always wanted to paint pictures but never have tried, I am home recouping from surgery and thought if not now then when.
How do I get started? a friend of mine paints and brought over some books and suggested I start with paint by numbers.
I am on a fixed income and cannot afford to go out and buy a bunch of painting supplies and then realize that I have no talent and push the materials to the corner frustrated. No deep end diving for me- baby pool please. I am retired and realize time is precious and I would like to develop whatever talent I may have.
Would getting paint by number kits be a way to start? brushes? etc, etc.
Any advice would be helpful.

Sid
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Old 12-06-2013, 05:19 PM
 
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Wasn't there more posts on this thread and how did they get deleted?

Anyway - paint by numbers are good only for learning how to hold a brush, etc. You will be bored by the end of the first one. And the brushes that come with them are pretty awful and near impossible to paint well with.

I would begin with drawing, get yourself a sketch book. You have to get a drawing / sketch down first then transfer it to your paint surface. Acrylics that will be canvas or canvas board. Watercolor that will be watercolor paper... which you have to stretch and that is a whole nother ball of wax.

To begin, really, start with the sketch book, maybe one of those paperback how to draw books they sell in craft stores. In whatever subject you think you would like to draw. And start there. I highly recommend oil pastels, because they are kind of painterly and not as dusty as the dry pastels.

DO NOT worry about your talent. Just do it for fun!! No one is going to see it but you.

Also a good source online is wetcanvas.com which has a lot of tutorials and is free. Also youtube videos!! just google acrylic painting, or watercolor, or sketchig, etc.

My recommedations is to start with still lifes. Those are easiest.
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Old 12-06-2013, 05:20 PM
 
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Go highwaymen style and make your own path
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Old 12-06-2013, 05:44 PM
 
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If you are gonna paint, I would defiitely start with acrylic, or watercolor, but trasparent watercolor can be a difficult medium to master as you have to work differently in regards to color mixing, layering, etc. But it is cheap.

Acrylics are probably best, and they have cheap student grade sets. I was given a set once with canvasboard and an easel, a couple brushes, and all in one box, and it was pretty nice. You could start with that. Go to the craft store and see what catches your fancy! Forget about the oils for a while. Student grade is just fine while you are getting used to using the brushes properly, etc. I have paintings I did 25 years ago with student grade watercolor and they are holding up fine.
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Old 12-06-2013, 05:48 PM
 
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just noticed there were two threads by this person!!
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