painting and ideas for oil painting if you are a beginner

How to get started in painting and ideas for oil painting if you are a beginner

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Painting has become one of the hobbies most demanded by people today when it comes to releasing tensions. Many people calm down when they stand in front of a canvas. It is as if he is abstracting from all reality and plunges fully into a parallel world. This is why more and more people are looking for courses or advice to get started in the world of painting. We can find a lot of techniques when painting, but one of the most used is oil. Today we will try to leave you some ideas to paint in oil if you are a beginner, so that your learning process is as comfortable as possible, and who knows if, in a few years, your works will be within the catalog of the most expensive paintings in the world.

How to get started in painting?

Many think that they are not prepared to stand in front of a canvas to paint a picture. I was the first to think that you should have a hand for painting, but I have realized that with work and effort, everyone can become an artist.

The easiest and safest way to start painting is to go to an academy where an expert can guide us during the learning process. In this type of art school, one can learn from the most basic to the most complex techniques, with which to draw any picture that comes to mind.

The problem with these schools may be the timetable, which is not compatible with ours, or even the economic issue, since a course may be too expensive for our pocket. Despite this, we always have the option of the Internet, since we can find endless free courses that will allow us to learn the different techniques necessary to create authentic works of art. You just have to search for YouTube to get a list of videos with tips and ideas for painting in oils.

Ideas for oil painting

If you have already decided to start in the world of painting, what we are going to show you below are some ideas for painting in oil that every beginner should keep in mind when starting with their first works.

Choose the right theme

Like everything in life, it takes a learning time. You do not want to start doing very complex works. Rather, we recommend the opposite, that you choose simple themes such as still life. It is also a very good idea that you use a photograph or image that appears in a magazine as a model, in this way you will not depend on time, since your model will always be present.

Previous drawing

Before starting to paint in oil, it is highly recommended that we make a previous sketch with charcoal on the canvas, trying not to make the strokes too strong so that later they do not become transparent through the paint. If we see that we are not very skilled with the pencil, try to trace the drawing using a technique that you know. Painting on the sketch of the drawing will be much easier than if you do it directly on the white canvas.

Preparation layer

The next idea is to prepare the canvas so that the paint adheres well and when it dries it does not crack. For this, it is advisable to apply a thin layer of background paint. We can choose a white or colored background. White will help illuminate the tones while a colored background will provide a unifying base.

Before moving on to the next phase, let everything dry well. We can always use an acrylic paint that dries faster.


Even if you are a novice painter, don’t be tempted to buy poor quality material to save money. In the long run, you will regret it because the result will not be as good as one would like. Among the most important is the choice of brushes. We can find many types but you don’t need to have one of each. We recommend that you start with different sizes of round, flat, and bristle.

We also recommend that the brushes be as smooth as possible, in this way the strokes given on the canvas will be less noticeable. In any case, if we have bought a brush and it does not meet our expectations, we can always use it to clean our house.

To complete this publication, I would like to encourage you to visualize the following video published on YouTube by the user Easy Scrap Painting where he explains some ideas for painting in oils, as well as basic techniques that every beginner should know when starting in this world.

Have you ever started in the world of painting? What other ideas for oil painting would you give to those who are starting with this technique? Cheer up and share your comments with all of us. We are waiting for you!