I really enjoy intuitive painting – it’s freeing and challenging at the same time! The freedom to make marks, experiment with color palettes and mediums, and to make bold moves delights my inner wild child. The challenge of bringing so many elements together; of not knowing what the final piece will be like; of wondering if you can manage to salvage it all, is exciting. Each painting session becomes an exploration of something new; each canvas or art journal spread a delightful revelation.
Intuitive painting demo from start-to-finish
Here’s an intuitive painting that I did in my art journal. Watch the video first, and then I’ll walk you through the steps and supplies below the video.
How to paint intuitively: step-by-step walk-through
I started by putting on one of my favorite songs – Khwabon Ke Parindey from Zindagi Na Milegi Doobara – and playing with pencils and paint pens on the page.
Once I was done, I looked at the page from many different angles, trying to look for images in the marks. I found what looked like a profile portrait, but decided to look a little more. As I turned the page around again, I found the outline of what looked like leaves, or maybe petals. And I started to build the page from there.
I added a stem and leaves; changed the shape of the flower a couple of times, and built up the background gradually, making sure to not completely cover up the crazy lines that formed the first layer!
I blended together a couple of colors on the background using my fingers and brushes, making sure to leave behind some brush marks for interest.
Next, I added in some leaf elements to unify the page. I also added some drips below the leaf pad, and smooshed it around with a Catalyst wedge.
A little more painting and blending, before I added in some text and white dots, and called it finished!
Intuitive painting demo: supply list
Here’s the list of supplies I used to create this spread. Feel free to use what you have, and experiment!
Posca paint pens: White, Orange, Pink
Daler-Rowney FW acrylic ink: Dark Green
Sakura IdentiPen – Black
If you are inspired to create your own intuitive painting, do share your results with me. I’d love to see!
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Healing with art
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