Choosing the Best Painting Medium for Beginners

Now that you’re comfortable with drawing, it’s time to start thinking about painting. But where do you start? From acrylic to watercolor to oil, there are many painting mediums for you to choose from. Finding the right one, however, can be difficult, especially for beginners who may not know everything there is about each type.

To help you narrow down your choices, we’ve listed a few questions you should ask yourself before choosing your first painting medium:Choosing the Best Painting Medium for Beginners

Which style do you love the most?

Have you always found yourself drawn to watercolor paintings? Or maybe there’s something about acrylic that speaks out to you? When picking a medium, you should always take into account your own personal preferences. If you enjoy looking at a watercolor painting, for instance, then you’ll likely enjoy painting a watercolor as well.

Are there any circumstances that might make a certain medium difficult to deal with?

Say, for instance, that you want to try your hand at oil painting, but you start to notice that the canvas takes up much needed space in your tiny apartment. This can be extremely difficult to deal with, especially if you have other people or pets living with you. You may instead choose a medium that takes far less time to dry, allowing you to pack up your canvas and painting supplies when you’re not using them.

Which medium is easiest?

There is steep learning curve with any painting medium, but some have less of a curve than others. Acrylic is typically the easiest for beginners, while watercolor is the hardest. However, if you hate working with acrylic, don’t force yourself to paint it just because it’s easier. It’s far more important to find a medium that you enjoy. Plus, you can always find an art class or art workshop to help you in the early stages.

At Creative Ventures Gallery, we have plenty of beginner painting classes to help you learn your chosen medium. Sign up for a class today to get started!