Over the years, I’ve had a love-hate relationship with abstract painting. While there are some abstracts that leave me completely baffled, there are some that have a lot of depth and interest, which prompted my fascination with this art style. But abstract painting can be difficult, and there are times when I struggle too. But today, I’m going to show you a very easy abstract painting technique that is perfect for beginners (like me!).
All you need are a few of your favorite colors, a paintbrush, and your fingers!
Easy abstract painting technique for beginners
This video will show you a super fun and easy way to create an abstract painting. I’ll walk you through the steps that I took to create this abstract painting in my art journal, and the complete supply list below the video.
Abstract painting walkthrough
I created this spread in an art journal I made from a shopping bag – you can see a quick little video of this journal on Instagram. It was an old shopping bag from W – I opened up the bag, used some collage on the printed side; painted the other side, cut it up and folded it into a small art journal.
Since I had a painted background when I started this spread, I initially used colors that were similar to what was already on the page, or that would cover those colors well.
Try not to have blocks of color – break up any area that looks too blocky with randomly colored in areas.
The key is to move the colors around the page – around the 3:12 mark on the video, I introduced a new color that I hadn’t used so far – yellow ochre. See how I moved that around the page for an example. Immediately after that I work with the cobalt violet to move it around the page, too.
Once the paint is dry, add in some scribbles if you like. I already had bits of the original pattern from the page showing through, so I opted to not add in any. Instead, I highlighted some of the dots that were showing through. This is probably the only step where I was more deliberate with my choices.
And there you have it – a simple, easy, and super fun way to create an abstract painting!
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Questions? Ask away in the comments! And if you want to know about some technique or supplies in particular, do let me know!
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