I'm not bored with my other artistic hobbies by any means, but I think I'm looking to express myself in ways that photography, writing and music cannot. -Photography is visual, which I like, but it relies on me being able to find something that exists or could potentially exist. In other words, I don't have complete 100% control over the result -- it all has to be an adaptation or interpretation of something that's already there. -Writing requires words, and sometimes there just are no words. -Music has always been my #1 art and it's really great for expressing anything, but when I'm done playing, it's gone. Sometimes that's OK, but other times I crave a visual remnant of my feelings. They all have their own merits, but don't satisfy all of my cravings... So I want to paint. It's the next logical addition to my creative expression. I just want to dive in to it. I always have these visual ideas in my head, and I've always kind of had the urge to do it, but never thought I would be able to because I've always sucked at drawing. But I have no desire to paint anything realistic. I just want to see what happens and what I can come up with. I have no technique whatsoever, so I'll have to develop that. Whatever -- I just want to do it! It's like an itch I have to scratch. So where do I start? Acrylics seems to be the choice for starter medium. What kind of brushes and canvases should I get? Should I start with a book of canvas paper?