Painting tips from Sara Sherwood. Tip 1, just have a go and see what happens, don't wait for inspiration just paint. It is only a canvas or piece of paper and there are plenty more, you can throw it if you do not like it and have another go. Now you are free to begin! Leave any fear about the outcome behind you. Tip 2. Get messy, play with the paint, pastel or pencil, see what it can do. Use your hands, brushes, ends of brushes, sponges, fingernails any thing you pick up, see what happens. Most of my techniques have been developed this way. This will lead you to find your own style.