The Best Acrylic Paints For Beginners

What are the best acrylic paints for beginners? The ones you can afford or the ones you have in front of you! When you are just starting out, the paint you use is not important at all.  It’s not the quality of your paint or brushes that matters. What matters is practice. Painting and practicing all the time is what matters. You won’t make a better painting because you bought the fancy paint but you will make better paintings when you paint on a regular basis.

Also, I find that I put less pressure on myself when I buy less expensive canvases and paint because if I mess them up then I didn’t waste a ton of money.  I regularly buy Liquitex Basics acrylic paint (they didn’t pay me to say this!). I like the quality and I buy them when they are 2 for 1 at my local art store.

Practice, not paint, will make you a better artist! Keep painting!

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A little about my process

Here’s a tiny peek at my painting process. When I first started painting I did not work from a sketch book or photo. Now I work from either an image or a fresh floral arrangement. I start with a quick sketch then figure out a color palette. The second photo is how I start most of my paintings - with lots of colorful layers. Sometimes I mark the canvas with chalk when I’m trying to be careful and other times I just have at it with reckless abandon. The chalk will wipe away easily with a paper towel and a spritz of water. Happy painting!

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