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Poster Painting Tips for Beginners

by Maria Haider 01 Dec 2021

Poster paints are non-toxic, water-based and vibrant in look with the flat coloured effect. They are the best painting medium for beginners and students to explore the painting skill, application and exploring style of artistic expression. Poster paints are usually packaged in small jars, bottles and available in various colours. The viscosity of poster paint is thick and creamy. We can dilute the paint with water to attain the proper fluidity, and it dries faster than acrylic paint. They are safe to work with children without worrying about the colour stains as they are washable. Let's explore this easy-going and fun painting medium in the following article. We will share some tricks and techniques of poster painting ideas to try and create a fabulous piece of art.

Poster Colours

Process Of Poster Painting

Choose a subject

First of all, think of what you like to paint. There are multiple options and types of visuals that anyone would like to explore painting using the poster colours. It can be still life, flowers, scenery, landscape or patterns etc. You can search for references online to get an inspiration of what kind of visual you would select for this art exploration.

Poster Colour Painting

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Make A Sketch

If you are studying arts, you would know that the first step to begin painting is making a rough sketch. Where you outline the image, you would eventually paint. As a first step, Sketching helps you see the outlook and proportions of the painting and ensures the size and scale of your painting surface and drawing fits well as the final image.

Sketch Making

Choose Your Colour Palette

Once you draw a sketch, the next step is to choose your colour palette, which means you have to decide the colours and tones you would like to use in your painting. For example, there are mainly two significant streams of style: realistic and other is imaginary. In the realistic image, the colour palette follows the natural colours. So, the tree leaves will be in the shade of green as you observe it in real. But, on the other hand, you can choose to paint leaf purple as per your imagination in the imaginary style.

Different Poster Colour Palette 

Colour Mixing

Now, when you decide that either you want to make a realistic poster painting or imaginary, you reach the colour mixing stage. Colour mixing refers to having the colour tones and shades matching your desired palette. You must be aware that mixing the three primary colours, blue, red and yellow, help you create the secondary and tertiary colours. And adding white and black to the colours bring out the tints and shades of the colours, respectively. Get your colour palette ready with the help of the colour wheel given below.

Colour Mixing

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Getting The Set Up Ready 

Let's make a checklist of the setup needed to begin the poster painting. First, sketch on paper taped on the flat surface or canvas on the floor or easel. Next, a well-lit space with a comfortable sitting or standing working table to put the colour palette with the mixed colours, a water container, poster paint brushes and rags to wipe them, tissue papers and texture tools. This is the basic setup for the poster painting activity. Remember that the well-organized setup allows you to continue painting without going back and forth, interrupting creativity's meditational experience.

Getting Ready to Start Painting

Start Painting 

The painting process is very serene and meditative. As we mentioned earlier, if you make a checklist and get your setup ready, you can enjoy the process of painting with poster colours. The basic rule is to follow the sketch and shapes. There are so many ways of beginning the painting, and everyone has their own choice or comfort level of using the paints. But to mention the step by step technique is to make outlines over the sketch and then fill colours in the larger areas. Last is to make details and textures as a final touch. Some people like to improvise during the painting process, and it is enjoyable to change your mind about using a different colour than you planned earlier. The best advice is to be bold while painting and try to find your unique experience from the process.

Start PaintingFinal Words

Poster paint is an amazing medium to explore for beginners and student-level explorers. It is a safe medium to work with young and school-going children because it is water-based and washable without any toxic ingredients. This article is helpful for people who like to use the medium for the first time. It has a step by step process of making a painting with the checklist of equipment you need to enjoy the process of painting with poster colours. Happy Painting.

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