Beginner-Friendly Painting Exercises to Improve Your Skills

Painting is a great way to unleash your creativity. Plus, it’s a lot of fun to do as well. However, beginners may find it intimidating to paint because they feel their skills are lacking. But it’s important to understand that we all start somewhere. And you don’t necessarily have to be good at painting to enjoy it.

However, if you really want to enhance your painting skills, the key is to practice. So, here are some easy painting exercises that you can do to help improve your painting skills.


Go Minimalist

Art can be a lot of things. If you feel like you can’t make a full landscape painting just yet, you don’t have to. One way you can improve your painting skills is to zero in on a particular aspect. For example, you may choose to practice your brush strokes by creating simple and minimalist art.

Start with a solid colour for your background. You can go with something pastel or vibrant or even just a shade of white. Once that dries off, have a model that you think is easy to paint. It should be something that will look cute flat and doesn’t have complicated shading or depth. 

For example, you could paint some lavender stems. You can start by creating simple green lines for the stem. Next, you decorate the sides of the green lines with some purple blobs as petals. And voila! You just made art.


Use Tape for Geometric Shapes

Here’s a fun little hack you can try. To achieve a cool geometric look, you can simply use some painter’s tape. You don’t really need to have a pattern to follow. Just put some tape across the canvas at different angles to create different geometric shapes. 

You can then paint on the canvas as you wish. For something really beginner-friendly, you can paint each taped-off section with a different colour. Or you could have one colour with varying shades, from light to dark. But if you’re really up for it, you can try to do a whole gradient look that bleeds in from one section to the next.


Try Paint Pouring

Paint pouring has become this whole trendy thing online. And that’s because it’s easy to do and you can achieve different pieces every time you try it.

For this method, you are not going to apply paint on the canvas using a brush or any other tool. Instead, you’re going to pour the paint all over the canvas and swish it around to create fun designs.

Before you begin, you have to prep your workstation. Things will get messy when you pour paint around, so it’s important to have a tarp over the floor. Next, you should have a plastic cup. Usually, you’ll fill this cup with white paint as a base. Then, you add drops of other colours to create a sort of ripple look. This is so the colours will mix in cool ways and textures when you pour it over the canvas. 

You then pour the paint in whatever way you wish. Make sure you’ve covered all areas, including the sides. You can achieve this by manipulating the paint using gravity. Tilt the canvas to reach the other sides and just let it dry when you’re satisfied with the design you’ve made.


While art can be complicated at times, it can also be simple. You don’t have to make a masterpiece on your first try. What matters is that you practice your painting skills and get in touch with your creative side as you do so. And of course, it doesn’t hurt to have some fun in the process!

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