Even if you already have all the necessary tools, set up your own space of work, and ready to start your journey in making art; it is still essential to be familiar and knowledgeable about the fundamental techniques in painting to aid you in creating your masterpiece.

Below are seven essential techniques that can help you in making yourself the best artist in no time.


When using slow-drying paints, try working the paint up from thin to thick. Creating an underpaint can be useful when it comes to establishing shadows and values. The best, most suitable medium would probably be acrylics for they are permanent and are quick to dry. In the same manner, work up to highlights as you add the brightest paint at the end.

Blocking In

Brushes come in a wide variety of shapes and types, providing you with different results and outputs. The idea is that you try them all as your paint, for you to have an understanding on which brush to use for a specific effect or usage. Filbert brushes are generally suitable for blocking in form and paint.

Building Up Texture

Use a dry, flat brush to create a smooth transition, and for blending your paint. Most artists use a lot of texture and prefer to have visible brush marks. There are also ready make texture media such as sand, eggshells, and other items that can add interest to a painting.

Dry Brushing

Dry brushing is a method where you apply a color that only partially covers a layer of paint that just previously dried out. This method usually works best whenever you apply light paint over dark areas.


Removing paint can be as important as applying it

Taking paint off can be as vital as applying it. Sgraffito is the term for the method of scratching away paint while it is still wet to reveal the underpainting. This method is useful when it comes to depicting hair, scratches, and the like.


This is the process of laying a coat of transparent medium over a dry part of the work and is usually used for adding more contrast for shadows and modulation of color.

Painting with Mediums

Fluids that can be added to paint to modulate its drying time, texture, and consistency are called mediums. When it come to acrylics, you can have different mediums that can produce a matte or gloss finish.