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Easy Things to Paint for Beginners (40+ Ideas!)

If you’re looking for easy things to paint, grab these canvas ideas for beginners. All of these are achievable for the newbie artist.

Skills Required: None. If you’ve never picked up a paintbrush before, these projects will be a great place to start. They are all canvases and leave a lot of room for error (ie., they will still look good).

Easy Things to Paint

When I was in second grade, I started taking painting classes (thank you mom!). I remember one of the first things I painted, and I was excited: my Cabbage Patch Kid named Sarah.

I remember sitting back from my first canvas and thinking, “that doesn’t like the doll at all.” I was 8. I was disappointed.

I’m pretty hard on myself when I start a new craft or hobby, and I bet a lot of you are too. So before we even get started, I want to encourage you not to do that.

That’s why we’re starting with easy things to paint . . . because you’re more than likely new to it. It’s more than okay to not like what you make, and to let the canvas dry and then paint right over it. Sure we all want to be successful the first time.

But sometimes we’re not.

So just keep that in mind as you move along in your journey. Don’t give up, and allow yourself room to make mistakes. Do it for me!

Simple Things to Paint

Before we dive into the projects for beginners, let me answer a few questions I always get about painting. If you’re ready to go to the ideas, just scroll past them. But perhaps the answers below will help you too.

What paint should I use?

If you’re asking for my advice, I definitely recommend craft paint. It’s inexpensive, it’s easy to use, and there’s just about every color of the rainbow available. My favorite brands are FolkArt or Martha Stewart.

You can graduated to the fine art section/acrylics and oil based paints later. Start in the craft section and you won’t worry as much about blowing your budget on supplies.

What objects can I paint on?

My philosophy is that anything is a canvas: paper, stone, metal, glass, wood, fabric, and of course actual canvas. If you’re not sure, do a test. Just a dab. You’ll know if it’s going to work or not, trust me.

What to paint when you don’t know what to paint?

Don’t stress out too much about this. Flowers are easy, as are abstracts. Honestly, that’s where I’d begin. Sometimes you just need to start, and then you get more inspired as you go.

What should a beginner painter buy?

There’s no need to go crazy out of the gate. I would start with decent brushes from Michaels, a palette, and a water basin. You can add to your supplies as you get more comfortable with your new hobby.

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Easy Things to Paint

Ready to get started with painting? Here are over 40 easy things to paint on a canvas. You're going to love these simple ideas!


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