How to Use Poster Colors: A Step-By-Step Guide

by Skyblue



Poster colors are simple-to-use paints. They come in small glass container packaging and generally need a distinct palate to mix the paint before using it on the sheet. Poster paints have an extensive range, and you can find almost any color you require.

These paints aren't used just by kids. They offer a foggy texture, are denser than watercolors, and are an easy source of painting for everyone to experiment with.

Poster colors are visibly opaque. Like gouache, they work well on both white and colored paper, and you can effortlessly add soft colors over dark shades.

Now that you know what a poster color is, you are all set to go on the journey of how to use poster colors dynamically.

The Material Needed While Using Poster Colors

Material Needed

When painting, you can opt for a subject you are familiar with, such as a flowerpot, fruit bowl, or a cute pet. The outdoors also provide a lot of inspiration, and you can master the art of painting nature or the sunrise and sunset.

To start painting you will need:

  1. Poster colors
  2. A bowl of water
  3. Paintbrushes
  4. White or toned drawing sheet (for beginners)
  5. A palate (for blending colors)
  6. Old rug or cloth

Poster Colors

Wet Paint Brush

Poster colors are an exciting medium to paint your heart overflowing with joy. Skyblue Stationery Mart offers poster color sets in multiple shades at a reasonable price.

Poster paints usually are made with numerous tints, similar to some watercolors and gouaches. Artists typically pick gouache and poster colors to be as opaque as possible as it helps them conceal

underlying coatings and put light-colored essences when necessary.

A Bowl for Water


Keep a bowl full of water handy to wash off your brushes every time you need to use different colors.

Refill it with clean water when it becomes opaque, so that old water does not stain the material you're painting.


Painting is a wonderful method to unleash your imagination and enhance your artistic side. It can be tough to comprehend which brushes are best for poster colors if you are a beginner.

Typically, brushes with long handles are best for yielding impressive results.

You may opt for Skyblue Stationery Mart's excellent paintbrushes according to your painting style.

Drawing Sheet (For Beginners)

Poster colors work satisfactorily with watercolor paper, created specifically to bear the amount of water used while painting.

If you are a beginner, you can start with simple drawing books. Drawing books are a collection of drawing sheets. If you want to show your mastery, you can opt for canvas boards in a size of your choosing.

Drawing books give you your own little universe to paint. It is more or less the area where you draw and paint your imagination, ideas, visions, etc.

Palate (For Mixing Colors)

Prepare your palate beforehand. Painting with kids can be difficult, so use non-spill trays with separate partitions for each color and room for blending rich, unique shades and tones.

Skyblue Stationery Mart offers beautiful color palates in different shapes.

The Cloth

Poster paint is easy to wash, but use old clothes if you are sensitive about your clothing while painting. You can save your clothes from being stained and explore your unlimited creativity.

You can always keep an old rug or cloth near you while painting as it will help in wiping the excess paint on brushes or anything else.

Steps to Use Poster Colors

Clean Brush With Solvent

Here are some steps on how to use poster colors:

Step 1

Create a light outline for your artwork. Do not worry about the initial sketch looking perfect because you will cover it with paint.

Step 2

Organize all your coloring materials. Spread a newspaper to shield the surface on which you will color. Wear old garments that you are not anxious about getting stained.

Step 3

Start shading inside your outlined parts. Use your paint palate to blend colors. Try not to mix all the combinations in one place as it will become messy.

Step 4

Use light colors for the background first and then move to darker shades. Use specific paintbrushes for different areas. Clean the brushes by dipping them in a bowl of water.

Step 5

Finish all the loose ends. Use black paint to highlight your outline. Let it dry for an hour. Your artwork is now ready to hang on the wall.

If you're wondering how to use dry poster colors, the steps above remain the same, the only difference is you need to mix the dried poster colors with a few drops of warm water, and ta-da, it is good to go again!



Let us explore the boundaries of our ingenuity in a blast of poster paint. This ready-to-use paint is toxic-free, water-soluble, and safe. Let your imagination roam free and put it on paper using poster paint. The best part is that it is inexpensive, vibrant, and has a fine consistency so that artists of all ages can allow their creative side to work on any project.

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