Hand Painter

Paint decorative freehand designs on objects.
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Salary Range
$17,000 – $39,000

Data from U.S. Department of Labor


What do Hand Painters do?

Paints decorative freehand designs on objects, such as pottery, cigarette cases, and lampshades, using handbrushes: Sketches design, using pencil or permanent ink. Grinds colors on pottery tile, using palette knife, to mix colors and oils to desired consistency. Paints freehand or within sketched design, using mixed colors, or applies pure colors, one over another, to produce desired shade, allowing time for drying between applications. May stipple. May trace design prior to painting or sketch guidelines for decals and be designated Sketch Liner.


Should I be a Hand Painter?

You should have a high school degree or higher and share these traits:
  • Reliable: You can always be counted on to do a good job.
  • Persistent: You keep pushing through, even when faced with tough obstacles.
  • Flexible: You're open to change and think variety is the spice of life.

  • Also known as: Apprentice, Painter, Hand, Auto Painter, Car Painter, Ceramic Painter, Design Painter, Dial Painter, Film Painter See More

    How to become a Hand Painter

    Most Hand Painters have no higher education and get on-the-job training. Think about earning a Certificate or Associate's degree to increase your competitiveness in the field. Chart?chd=s:9bbaaa&chl=no+college+%2894%25%29|certificate+%283%25%29|associate%27s+%282%25%29|||&cht=p3&chs=466x180&chxr=0,94,94
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