You Can Paint! Acylic Painting Intro.

Taught by Michelle Stephens

JOYfilled Arts & Crafts Virtual Summer Camp July 22-24 (2 hours)

Class Info

Class Overview

Have you been wanting to learn how to paint with acrylics but don’t know where to begin? Are you overwhelmed by the amount of information available online and the price of art supplies? Are you afraid to start because you think you’ll ruin a brand new canvas or because you weren’t born with the painting gene?


I believe everyone can paint and in this workshop I’ll cover the basics for how to get started and simplify the process. I’ll share my personal tips and teach you how to release the fear of the blank canvas so that you can begin painting TODAY, and without breaking the bank.

You will walk away from this workshop with a small acrylic painting to symbolize your new creative adventure and a basic understanding of:

  • Brushes – bristles, sizes, and quality
  • Acrylic paint – quality and price
  • Palettes – what to use and how the right palette can extend the life of your paints
  • Painting surfaces (substrates)
  • The color wheel
  • Mark making
  • Layering
  • Eco-friendly clean-up tips

And most importantly, you will walk away with the confidence that you too can paint!

This intro. comes from years of my own personal painting exploration to find what works and doesn’t work and has helped many beginners leave fear and overwhelm behind and start their artist journey.  I can’t wait for you to get started, too.

This workshop is a great intro. to Dream Big with Mandalas.

No Skill Level Required

All skill levels welcome!

Supply List

Links are included for reference only. You’re welcome to use anything similar.

  • An acrylic brush set
  • An assortment of acrylic paints – If buying individual paints rather than a set, red, blue, yellow, black and white are good starting points (any hue).
  • A palette – examples that will work:
    • A plastic palette
    • A plastic take-out lid
    • A disposable sheet of palette paper
    • A piece of watercolor or mixed media paper
  • You will need one small surface to paint on – this can be a primed canvas, canvas board, or sheet of watercolor or mixed media paper. 5″ x 7″ or similar. If using watercolor paper, cut to size if larger than 5” x 7”.
  • A cotton rag or paper towels
  • A cup or jar with approx. 1-2 inches of water for cleaning your brushes


  • A color wheel
  • A heat gun or hair dryer

This workshop is also a great intro. for anyone wanting to learn about supplies BEFORE buying.

If you don’t have all of the supplies, don’t let it stop you from showing up! We’ll have fun getting started and you can pick up the additional things you need as you dive deeper into your painting practice.

Note that online art supply orders can take 7-10 days or more for delivery depending on the source and your location. You’ll want to place your order early to allow enough time for them to arrive.

Available for Online Attendance

About Michelle

Michelle Stephens is a Creatively Fit Coach who has been guided by the creative process since 2016. She understands the powerful transformation that happens deep within when we harness the power of creativity to live our most inspired life and allow our creative gifts to be fully expressed.

After studying disciplined fine art techniques at Gage Academy of Fine Art in Seattle, WA, she was introduced to intuitive painting and has since studied with intuitive and abstract artists from around the world who continue to inspire and guide her on her creative path.

Michelle believes that we are born to create and that creativity serves a vital role in our overall health and wellness. She is passionate about teaching people how to paint and sharing the ways in which painting can be used as a form of self-care. She guides artists of all levels to deepen their connection to their creative practice and shine their inner light.