Have you ever wanted to paint something loosely but didn’t know where to start?
I’ve got the perfect place for you. Let me teach you how to paint loosely!
It’s easy and fun, and once you learn these 5 tips, your paintings will be looser than ever before. You’ll have more freedom with your brush strokes and it will feel like a breeze painting anything that comes into your head. So come on in! We’re waiting for you!
Here are my five tips that I use every time I pick up a brush. If you follow them closely, they’ll help loosen up those stiff muscles so that when it’s time to put down the brush, all of those tight spots in your body will finally relax too. And don’t worry about making mistakes because there is no such thing as an ugly painting here at Gin’s Den Art – we love them all equally as much as each other!
Just remember… Paint Fast & End Slow!! 🙂
TIP 1: USE LARGE MOVEMENTS
As you work on your painting look for areas that are too tight. Sometimes it will be obvious to you that the paint is too wet and isn’t “looser”. Other times, though, there might not be anything wrong with the current state of your painting, but after time as you try different things you might find a way to make it looser.
When you are looking at other paintings or drawings by artists who have mastered loose brushwork, what stands out is their ease of movement through shapes and color masses. When working on your paintings, give yourself permission to use large movements with your paintbrush through an area rather than trying to carefully follow every detail in the reference photo. Look for opportunities where letting go of some control will be beneficial to the overall design.
Make sure you spend time drawing shapes and color masses loosely
TIP 2: USE LARGER BRUSH SIZES
For example, if you are blocking in the background of a scene such as mountains or cliffs (even using loose paint that is not “looser” still creates more control than going back into wet paint), use a large brush size to quickly block in large sweeping strokes. Then go back with smaller brush sizes and add more information on top of those big shapes. For example, start by painting some trees dark against a light sky. See how that looks from your reference photo before refining colors or details. This approach can help create the illusion that the viewer is looking at something far away rather than standing right beside it getting an up-close view.
TIP 3: START WITH A ROUGH SKETCH
Sometimes when we get our brushes moving, we create new details that might not be in the photo but make the painting feel more alive and interesting. As you paint, don’t get hung up on following every detail in your reference (unless you want to!) – let the painting start taking its own direction too!
As you begin any of these larger shapes and color masses, you don’t have to try to get every detail right. Often it’s better if these are loose shapes that block in the overall design of your painting or drawing. The smaller brush sizes should be used for finer details where more control is needed, such as trees in front of a mountain range. For example, use small brush sizes for the areas around large boulders or cacti – anything with multiple points or edges might benefit from using small brush sizes either to create definition between the different parts of the shape or color masses or just keep them separate by leaving some white unpainted paper showing through.
TIP 4: LOTS OF PAINT
One common reason why paintings can look too tight is that there is too much paint on the brush. If your paintbrush isn’t loaded with enough paint, you are probably also using more of a back-and-forth kind of motion rather than sweeping movements. Try lightly loading up your brushes with lots of paint and then trying out different ways to practice moving that paint, such as in wider or circular motions, swiping the brush horizontally rather than poking it straight down into the paper, or even swirling it around on its side.
Make sure you practice loose strokes along with shapes and color masses before refining details
Your paintings will look better if you try to practice sweeping movements rather than back-and-forth poking motions.
TIP 5: PAINT FAST AND END SLOW
You are not trying to paint the Mona Lisa, so don’t worry about details. Just focus on getting an outline of your object and you’ll have a masterpiece in no time! Don’t be afraid to get creative with your strokes. Start off fast, and finish slowly.
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