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7 essential painting techniques for artists

Knowing some fundamental painting techniques and styles will help you immensely when you’re getting started on your artistic journey using paint. That means storing some knowledge of tone, colour, texture, brushwork and composition, as all this will help you to create your own masterpieces with confidence. 

This article sets out seven essential painting techniques that will have you painting like a pro in no time. It’s also worth checking out the best how to draw tutorials, to make sure you’ve got the basics covered there. And if you want to learn more about art terminology, then see our piece on common art terms. 

01. Underpainting

Work paint up from thin to thick, especially when using slow-drying paints

I never work from white when using oils or acrylics. Create an underpainting in burnt umber or a mix of burnt sienna and phthalo blues to establish shadows and values. Acrylics are probably the best medium to use at this stage as they’re quick-drying and permanent.

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