Time to Paint!

So hopefully by now you have your supplies ready and a subject in mind. Now it's time to actually get some color on your canvas!

While this may seem like the most difficult part of your mission, starting is the hardest part, said artist Carmen Joy in an interview . There are several different brush strokes and styles you can use to begin. One way to start, if you want to make a splatter painting, is by dipping the tip of your brush into your paint and flicking it onto the canvas, according to the Britannica Encyclopedia. This will create scattered dots of the color. You can also start with a light stroke by mixing your brush with water and paint and dragging your brush in a straight line. Another thing to do is to start with small, circular strokes for a feathered look. This is useful for creating trees, Joy explained.

When it comes to using watercolor paints, the strokes are a bit different. One technique used involves fully coating your brush with paint and sweeping it across the paper. According to The Painterly Approach this is called the full brush stroke, and it is useful for watercolor landscapes.

Many of the different brush strokes do not have formal names; rather they are identified by their shape and width. Talent Teacher, a tutorial Web site, writes that the basic brush strokes are best recognized by their appearance. For example, the press and drag strokes, which include pressing the brush in one area of the paper and lightly dragging it across to another. This creates a good texture for leaves.

But all of this is much easier to understand if you see it in action. So, to the right there are a series of videos depicting artists painting using different strokes.