Posted: Jul 31, 2020 in Minecraft
By Kevin Lott
Paintings. Decorative little rectangles that can be placed on the side of any solid block. There are 26 in total, and some of them can be referenced to real paintings or even different games. Most of them are based on actual paintings by a man named Kristoffer Zetterstrand, who also created the naming scheme for the game versions. Over a decade old, they come in tons of different shapes and sizes to fit all different tastes. They’ve been a staple of Minecraft ever since the beginning, but it seems that they’ve gone out of style in the past years in favor of new blocks and other additions.
Paintings also count as entities, meaning that they can share their space with any other entity such as a torch or fence post, as long as the said entity does not intersect its collision box. Paintings allow the passthrough of light. They are non-flammable, despite being made with sticks! Unlike item frames, they cannot be placed on the top or bottom of blocks. On top of this, they’re a great conversation piece! Now, let’s move on to how to make paintings in Minecraft.
You will need:
-1 Wool (any color)
You can place paintings on any solid blocks or signs. Breaking the block a painting rests on will cause the painting to break after one second. This gives you a moment to replace the block before it breaks. That’s kinda nifty! Paintings can also be broken by a bow or fishing rod from afar.
Painting size can vary depending on the space it has where it is placed. It can go from 1×1 up to 4×4. When placed, a painting will determine the amount of space it has. Then it will choose a random size from 1×1 to the largest size allowed in that space.
This wall shows all possible paintings in Minecraft.
Sadly, since Minecraft is over a decade old, everyone knows this trick. But if you wanna fool your little brother, this will do the trick! To make a secret passage using a painting is quite simple. All you’ll need is two signs, the painting, and a wall where your passage will be.
First, make either a 1×2 or 2×2 sized hole in the wall where you want the passage to be. Then, place signs on the sides of the blocks.
Next, just place a painting on the signs. It might take a couple of attempts to get a painting that completely covers the opening, but eventually, you’ll get it.
To finish, paintings are pretty cool little doodads. They were one of the first additions to the game at all. You can liven up your builds with them, admire them from a reasonable distance, or create an inconspicuous secret passage to hide your good! Whatever you decide, you now know how to go about it. With that said, have a great day!