Here Are the Best Ways to Start Canvas Painting 

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Whether you’re an amateur or expert painter, often the idea of using a canvas can be daunting. When you see an artist mixing paint and making adjustments to the stand it might seem too technical.

Many people are put off by that and let their ideas go off into the stream of thought through which they came. But the thing is, canvas painting isn’t complicated. It can be as easy as you want it to be.

And it is possible to express what you imagine onto a canvas without it seeming like a task and instead being something you do at your own leisure. 

The Relief From Art

A hobby is easy if you have the will to do it. As long as you want to do it, you’ll always find a way to enter the creative process. 

Every attempt you make will give you a sense of relief, no matter what the outcome is. 

Even if your painting becomes something else or it doesn’t turn out how you thought you wanted, the feeling will still be better than not trying at all.

If you don’t know where to start then start with something easy, like these super easy paint by numbers kits for beginners. All you have to do is match the numbers with the paint and fill them in. If this seems appealing to you, check out custom paint by numbers options available on the net. These are an easy place to get started.

In this article, we’ve compiled the best ways to start canvas painting: 


The first thing you’ll need is a paintbrush that you can get by visiting an art supply store.

Just tell one of the workers that you’re just starting out and ask them what tools they think you’ll need.

Don’t know any good art supply stores? The best way to find them is by doing a Google search for “art supply stores near me”.

The results will show you a list of shops near you along with customer reviews about real people and their experiences with that store.

If you live in a remote location, then just order through their website, and get the supplies delivered to your house. 

A basic starter kit will include a brush, paints, a canvas, and a palette. You’ll also need a small glass of water to clean the brushes.

Don’t buy one though, as you’re sure to have something you can make use of lying around the house.  

Painting Clouds

It might sound too easy but the perfect scene is always right above your head. Take your supplies to the backyard or balcony or perhaps a nearby park.

Start with mid-day clouds, as sunsets and sunrises have spectacular colors that you might not be ready for just yet.

Look at how the clouds are shaped and try to recreate those shapes on the canvas. They don’t have to be just like them, which will be virtually impossible to do, so don’t feel bad. 

After you’ve created the shapes, fill them with the colors you see – they won’t be all white. You’ll see hints of yellow, grey, and black.

As for the sky, you won’t find the sky-blue you are looking for, as it’s subjective and best created by yourself. Mix the white and dark blue paint until you find one that does the sky justice. 


If you want to start with something less concrete then abstract art might be better for you. Think of splashes of paint or blocks of paints, don’t overthink it, just choose the one you’re feeling at that moment. 

If you go for splashes of paint, dip the brush in your chosen color and stand a bit further from the canvas and make a broad stroke aimed at the canvas.

Be sure not to splash anyone around you or scare your pets away. Choose four colors you see around you and start there. 

If you want to color something darker, one good way to do it is to paint the canvas black, let it dry, and then fill in extra colors.


You’re sure to have a quote that has resonated with you. Whether it’s reminded you of who you are or it makes sense of how you feel, a quote is always meaningful. 

We all have a favorite quote and painting them is a great idea. Just make sure it’s not “Live, Laugh, Love” as this particular quote gets a lot of hate and ridicule online these days.  

Think of the quote and imagine how big or small the letters are. Are there any words or letters you want to be painted in a different color or font?

Make a small note of these things and start by writing the letters with masking tape on the canvas.  

With the tape in place, splash, strike or add any colors you think may go well with the quote. After you’re done, just remove the tape.


We hope that you’ve found this guide useful. Never think of art as a task. This is an act of relaxation like whistling or singing a song to yourself. It doesn’t have to be perfect or make sense to anyone other than you. 

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