I recently hosted a Happy Painting giveaway here on the blog and asked people who entered to share a bit of advice for the new artist just starting out.
It resulted in such a wonderful collection of encouraging words, from urging people to try completely new techniques they’re not comfortable with, to learning how to love your own work by having it framed by somewhere like Art Graphics and displaying it in your home. I decided to dedicate a blog post to share them.
So, whether you’re a budding artist or a seasoned creator, I hope you’ll read on; there are thoughtful words of wisdom tucked into this post, even a few from Juliette Crane herself.
Juliette Crane: Here’s a bit of advice from me: I try and remember to always have fun with whatever I’m creating. If I think too much about the end result or painting what’s in my head or trying to paint like someone else, I either freeze or paint something lifeless. I also try to make it easy for myself to create every day by keeping a few favorite supplies and my sketchbook out, ready to go at all times. And I always push myself in new directions by recognizing what I am drawn to in my every day. In that way, I continue to develop my style in a way that is unique to me… and fun. xo Juliette
Ms. Micheal: When you start out painting DO NOT buy expensive paint!! Wait you get your feet under you than splurge for the good stuff! Then you won’t feel like your wasting expensive paint as you explore painting for the first time!!
April Lopez: Relax! You are not competing with anyone else. Making art is pure joy. And you don’t need lots of fancy and expensive supplies. I love using Crayola kids watercolors. They are cheap and have amazing color.
Leslie Yambert: Play, have fun! Ignore those inner critics. Make some marks on your paper, use your favorite colors, and set it aside. Visit it in a few minutes or a few days, and let it talk to you. Does your page want images, more paint, words or collage? Add layers until it makes you smile, or just paint over the whole thing; and start again. Discover what makes YOU happy.
Mari: My tip would be to start playing with inexpensive art supplies and see what you like. I’m new to art and rushed out and bought so many things most of which I now just dust (ok I don’t dust them unless I’m moving them aside to get to something else). If using acrylics I would buy a good gesso. And buy good ink pads if stamping.
Jana Freeman: My advice to anyone who is just starting out: start anywhere, just go with the flow, keep going, love your mistakes like you would an ugly baby, just keep making, creating and doing. You’re an artist simply because you have a desire to create. xoxo
Darcie Wright: Relax and have fun. Pinterest for ideas and new techniques to try. Art supplies to splurge on I find are pens, markers you use to draw, stamp pads/ inks, and paper. I love to use Crayola watercolor pencil crayons and inexpensive acrylic paints. Mix it up and have fun creating!
Phuong Dam: My advice is to start small with one or two mediums. Don’t go out and buy too many supplies. Find a few artists whose styles you like and take inspiration from them!
Marcia Beckett: My advice is to take an in-person class, or look for online art classes. I always learn something new while taking a class.
Melissa T: My best advice for someone starting out is to try, try, try and to not worry about the end result as much as the process.
Kim: Two things. First of all, when you don’t have a lot of money, don’t worry about getting expensive supplies before getting started. Just use what you have. Get those $5 markers at Target. Or that watercolor paper from the Dollar Store. The important thing is to create. As long as you’re doing that, you’re doing good. The second thing is paint for yourself. Don’t do it to impress others or to be looked at a certain way. Do it because you love it. Do it because your life isn’t complete unless you have an outlet for your artistry.
Shari Welch: Not everyone will like what you create. Follow your heart and create what makes you happy the rest will fall in place.
Criston: Start out small and work your way up, so as to not overwhelm yourself. Keep it fun, don’t focus on perfection, it is the imperfections that help you develop you’re style. Don’t worry about having all the art supplies, you will get there. Start with just a couple different mediums and learn all about then, then start building from there. I started with cheap craft paint and scrap boxes!
Willow: New artists…follow your heart! Wait until you are comfortable with painting before you invest in a whole lot of supplies, you never know where you may end up.
Susan Ringler: Spend some money on brushes as they can make such a difference.
Melody Elzy: NO ONE is perfect…that includes you….don’t beat yourself up if you feel you’ve made a mistake…paint over it, gesso over it, or embrace it and work around it, but don’t throw it out and DON’T quit!
Joan Craft: Go with the flow and don’t compare your work to other peoples thinking wow I wish I could paint like that !!! these same artists were probably saying the same thing when they started out we are all different and unique so that should apply to what we do in life too….oh forgot ..practice practice practice and smile smile smile
Stephanie Muth: Embrace your mistakes!
Dirry Vogelaar: Don’t dare, just do!
Joanne: Just have fun don’t compare yourself to others start by collaging and fill in white spaces with paint most important just have fun
Lura Brown: My advice would be to be easy on yourself and try to not compare yourself to others that may be way farther along in their art journey and experience. try to enjoy and have fun with your own art. learn from your mistakes…..they often lead you to a much better piece when you work thru them.
Pamela: Don’t give up and don’t listen to the critics.
Joan S.: As a new artist, I am not sure what tip to leave except that another friend has told me not to buy expensive paints to start. She said to buy good brushes instead.
Missy: My advice is to do art every day, even if it’s just a 5 minute sketch.
Raine Phoenix: My advice comes in the form of one of my favorite quotes. (I’m sorry that I don’t know who to credit for it.) “Don’t compare your beginning to someone else’s middle.” Better yet, don’t compare at all! Just have fun and play!
Linda Monopoli: My advice as an artist my whole life would be. Whatever you create is your art, you own it, no rules have fun! There’s no such thing as a mistake in art!
Glenda: The best way to learn, improve, and develop your own style, is to draw or paint every single day, even if it’s just a five minute sketch. Never give up, and one day you’ll look at your art and realize that it’s actually pretty amazing.
Gizelle: Don’t let the awesome work by other artists awe you to a point of anxiety. You have to start somewhere and Art is about practice and experience as much as it is about technique and tools. The more you do of it the better you become and more adept at using the tools and techniques.
Susan H.: My advice for a newbie is to be patient and kind to yourself. Take time to learn and you will become more confident and happier over time.
April McEvily: What a spectacular journey you are about to embark on! Don’t compare your work to anyone else’s, enjoy the fun of playing with art supplies, just like you were a kid again. I heard there is no such thing as talent, it’s all in how much you practice.
Kim: Use supplies you have on hand. Create a background with junk mail and magazines. Draw a pattern on masking tape to create a decorative washi tape. Don’t be afraid, just do it! Most of all enjoy the process, not the outcome. Layers are your best friend…layer, layer, layer.
Carol Lang: My best advice is to lower your expectations. We all want every piece of artwork that we create to be a masterpiece, but that’s unrealistic. Learn to enjoy the process without looking for perfection. No one learns to be a great golfer or hits home runs without putting in a lot of time practicing, and the same is true of art. An inexpensive small journal, a few nice art supplies and a willingness to make an ugly mess will teach you more than you might think if you’ll just play, explore and relax.
Becky: For anyone just starting out, just play with everything and find what you really like!
Michele Taylor: My advice to a new artist is this, “do what you like first, don’t force it, learn as much as you can, never turn down any opportunity that comes your way no matter how small, lessons are everywhere and artists are a most generous lot, praise yourself often”.
Janice: Sometimes you just gotta ignore the ‘rules’.
And finally, my own bit of advice…
Belen Sotelo: Have fun, experiment and don’t be afraid to just play with your supplies. Not every page/piece/project will turn out as planned, it’s ok; we all have them. Embrace the lesson that they offer and keep on creating. Above all else, create what makes YOU happy!
Thank you for reading.
I wish you a beautiful week!