5 Mistakes New Artists Need to Stop Making

A Quick List to Help You on Your Way

Many new painters will often make the same mistakes over and over again when they are starting out, often not knowing that they are even making them. While mistakes are definitely okay and should be expected when starting out; correcting those mistakes can become the first major milestones in one's art career.

While occasionally a mistake can transform a finished work into a masterpiece by a rare stroke of luck, for beginners, mistakes are simply roadblocks that transform into stepping stones for artists in order to become better. Many new painters will make some of the same mistakes over and over, which is why we chose these as some of the most common mistakes needing to be corrected.

1. Mixing paint on your canvas.

Mixing paint is to be done exclusively on your palette. Do not experiment with color on your canvas, it leads to messier brush strokes and often just junky paint mixing that will be hard to cover up as you paint. If your palette is not big enough to mix on, find a strong piece of paper to mix on that is not your canvas. Be direct when putting your brush to canvas and mix your colors on your palette.

2. Do not poke your canvas with your brush.

Pointillism is an art form that was developed by Georges Seurat and Paul Signac. It takes an artist poking the canvas with small dots of pure color over and over again to create an image. Many artists just starting out will try and add an element of pointillism to their paintings with dots of color just messily poked on to their canvas. This can be avoided with short strokes and dabs. Poking your brush too hard to the canvas will split your brush and push your colors out in odd and messy bursts rather than drop small amounts of color.

3. Using too much white.

While mixing with white is fine to create lighter colors, adding too much white directly by itself can blanket out a canvas and make your paintings look chalky, dry and cold. Winter scenes are the exception to this.

4. Being stingy with paint.

Do not be afraid to use lots of paint on your canvas. Many new artists are scared to use too much paint at several points during the painting process, both on the palette and on the canvas. You can always buy more paint so do not be afraid to use too much. Better too much than to leave thin areas on your canvas and have the paint dry out too quickly. In regards to your brush, use lots of paint and big strokes on your painting. Having too little paint on your brush can make your paint look dry and scratchy when it hits your canvas.

5. Using cheap hobby paint.

Do yourself a favor and buy some better paint than from a cheap hobby store. It will perform poorly on its own without any mistakes on your part. Jerry's Artarama proudly carries many great paints at an easily affordable price that paint better and offer many more colors than hobby paints made with fewer pigments and more filler. Instead try a paints like LUKAS, SoHo Urban Artist, Charvin and Matisse. They all have higher pigment counts and better lightfast ratings and will paint smoother. 

6. (Unofficially) Do not be afraid to make any mistakes.

You will make them, so don't stress about them. Making mistakes is part of the learning process. Just be sure to correct them as they happen and the mistakes you make and learn from will make you a better artist

Have any tips for other common mistakes new painters often make? Let us know in the comments below!



Give Dad Art this Father's Day

The Best Way to Find the Perfect Gift For Dad!


Not sure what to get Dad or Grandpa this Father's Day now only a week away? Jerry's Artarama has a great idea. Why not give Dad the gift of Art?

Father's Day gifts are often an afterthoughts for most people. Most people think that Dad just wants to sit in his big comfy chair, eat a steak and drink a beer on Father's Day so if a gift is given its typically a boring coffee mug, necktie or if he's lucky he'll get some cologne. But what if Dad wants to be a little more engaged this year. Why not show him what a "World's Best Dad" looks like with some home made art or a card colored by the kids. 

Give Dad something more meaningful this year with crafts, a manly painting or detailed sketch of him. Same goes for Grandpa. It will give him something to treasure as it shows what he really means to his family. Or create something with the special Father in your life. Art is a great way to bring together a father and his children for a Sunday afternoon. It's a relaxing activity that allows Dad to express his creativity and spend time with others. Plus, Dad will love the thought that goes into each one of his handmade Father's Day gifts.

If Dad is an artist himself, he might appreciate some high-quality fine art supplies from Jerry's Artarama!


This year, Jerry's has set up a special sales event for Father's Day with an easy to use Father's Day Gift Guide. With gifts ranging from easels to paints to drawing supplies at great unbeatable values and savings, the Father's Day gift guide has all the art supplies your Dad could possibly want. 

On a budget? Our gift guide also lets you shop by price so you know you can find the perfect gift for Dad next week. 

If you're not sure what to get Dad this Father's Day, let him choose with a Jerry's Artarama eGift Card. It arrives in minutes and has 3 fun Father's Day designs to choose from.


This is also a great idea for the Dad who is stuck traveling or away from his kids on his special day.

Have you ever given art to your father, grandfather, uncle, or father figure before? Tell us about it in the comments below!



Did You Know- Salvador Dali

Little Known Facts About One of the Most Provocative Artists of the 20th Century.

Salvador Dali and his pet ocelot, Babou

We all know Salvador Dali as one of the more eccentric and flamboyant artists that graced the 20th century. Although we mostly know Dali for his trademark curly mustache and "melting clocks", how much do we really know about him or his art? Here are some little known facts about this incredibly fascinating artist:

      • Dali's whole name is Salvador Domingo Felipe Jacinto Dali i Domenech.
      • Dali was born May 11, 1904 in Figueres, Spain.
      • Dali believed he was the reincarnation of his older brother also named Salvador Dali, who died during childbirth nine months before Salvador Dali was born. At age 5, Salvador was taken to his brother's grave where his parents told him they believed he was the reincarnation of him. He believed that from that day on and it heavily affected his work with images of his dead brother appearing embedded in his later works, especially Portrait of My Dead Brother painted in 1963.
      • On top of painting, Dali was also a skilled at film, photography, sculpture and drafting.
      • Dali hated to pay restaurant bills- he had a habit of inviting large parties of people out to restaurants and then when it came time for the bill, he would write out the bills amount on a check. When the waiter was looking, Dali would sketch or doodle on the back of the check knowing that no sane person would cash a check with an original drawing by him on it.
      • His most famous painting The Persistence of Memory was inspired by Dali seeing some Camembert cheese melting in the heat on a hot summer day. That night, he dreamed of clocks melting just like the cheese and the image became one of his most famous paintings.

The Persistence of Memory

  • Dali was married to a woman named Elena Ivanovna Diakonova or as he knew her, Gala. In 1968, Dali bought her a castle in Spain. Dali himself was only allowed to visit the castle after obtaining her permission in writing.
  • Dali has produced over 1,500 paintings during his career on top of producing sketches and illustrations for books, lithographs,, theatre sets, costumes and even collaborated with Walt Disney on a short animated film. 
  • Dali's paintings are often provocative and incredibly imaginative, which were not the result of drug use. Dali actually would stand on his head long enough to become semi-lucid (such as Swans Reflecting Elephants [right]).
  • Dali once gave a plaster replica of his brain to musician Alice Cooper. The plaster brain was topped off with a real chocolate eclair and covered in ants. He would later create a hologram of Cooper with lasers. 
  • Dali was a showman and once gave a lecture in a full deep-sea diving suit. He almost suffocated in it when he refused to take it off during the lecture. 
  • Dali had a pet Ocelot named Babou.
  • He once claimed that his well known moustache was an antanae that could receive alien signals.
  • Jerry's Artarama carries the Dali Eco-Friendly Bamboo French Easel inspired by the french easels Dali used.
  • Dali died January 23rd, 1989 of heart failure and is buried at the Dali Museum and Theatre in Figueres, Spain.

There are some of the more interesting facts about the life and times of Salvador Dali. To find out more about Salvador Dali, check out the DVD-Artists of the 20th Century: Salvador Dali 

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