Getting Started

So you've seen a few episodes of 'The Joy of Painting' with Bob Ross and now you want to try out this wonderful technique and paint some beautiful landscapes with just a few strokes of the old Two Inch Brush. But can it really be just as easy as Bob makes it seem?

I used to watch Bob Ross paint on TV as a child and started painting when I rediscovered him years later. I didn't expect much from my first painting but I was blown away just how good it came out! My friends and family now call me Bob Ross Reborn and have asked me for paintings for their living rooms!

Here is how to get started:

Step 1: The Grandeur of Summer

If you have never done this style of painting before we suggest you watch the 'Joy of Painting' special 'The Grandeur of Summer' even before buying your equipment. It's one hour long and Bob introduces you to all the equipment and also shows you how to prepare a blank canvas with Liquid White before starting to paint. With almost twice as long as a normal episode this one is a fantastic starting point because really goes into details on all the different techniques and explains them very well to beginners.

Step 2: Gearing up

After you have watched 'The Grandeur of Summer' it is time to get your equipment.
For a beginner we strongly recommend getting the official Bob Ross Master Paint Set. It is a carefully selected painting kit that contains the tools and colors you need to start painting right away without having to worry about buying brushes made from the right material or oil paints with the right oil-to-pigment ratio.
Now all you need to start painting is a little bit of paint thinner and some canvases.
You can also head over to our Tools & Colors section and look for alternatives to the licensed Bob Ross products.
There are several other painting kits offered by the Bob Ross Company. You can find a small overview here.

Step 3: Happy Painting

Once you have all your equipment you're ready to put on some old clothes, take a few hours of time and watch 'The Grandeur of Summer' once more, painting along with Bob, pausing and rewinding as needed.
Once your done we would be very happy if you would send us your master piece on Twitter.

Step 4: Any Questions?

Didn't get the snow on the mountains to break like Bob does? Insted of putting highlights on trees you're just mud mixing?
You're not the only beginner who has problems with these things, so Bob did a few Q&A episodes where he tries to answer questions from viewers and goes into more detail describing these techniques.

You can also find some tips on how to improve your paintings on our blog.

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