Published: Apr 16, 2023
Written by: Kelsey

10 Tips for Creating Abstract Paintings That Stand Out

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Hey there, friends!

Did you know that investing in top-notch acrylic paint is the key to creating stunning abstract paintings? The difference between professional and student-grade acrylics is truly amazing – the pigmentation is superior, the colors are more vibrant, and the paint is more consistent and permanent when you go with professional grade. Personally, I love using Liquitex, Winsor Newton, and Golden brands of professional acrylic paint; they’re perfect for artists of all levels. With the versatility and quick-drying nature of acrylic paint, you can easily bring your unique vision to life on canvas or paper, using a wide variety of pigmentation and texture varieties only offered by professional-grade acrylic paints. To keep your artwork looking fresh for years to come, it’s important to use a good quality varnish or UV protection spray, so keep that in mind! When it comes to creating abstract art, composition plays a major role in making the painting stand out. 

Mystical Forrest

Mystical Forrest 20” x 24”

Completed with Liquitex Acrylic Paint and DecoArt Texture Metallic Paint, finished with Krylon Non-Yellowing Archival UV Protection Varnish and Matte Krylon UV Finishing Spray.

Let Me Give You 10 Tips To Help You Bring Your Abstract  Paintings To Life:

Abstract painting is a wonderful way to express yourself creatively without any restrictions or limitations. So, if you’re ready to dive into the world of abstract art, it’s time to grab some supplies and let your imagination run wild!

1) The first step is to start with basic shapes, such as squares, circles, and rectangles, allowing your painting to evolve organically. 

2) Begin with an abstract concept in mind and let your artwork tell a story.

3) Experimenting with different color combinations can add visual depth and interest to your artwork. 

4) Don’t be afraid to take risks and use bold hues, layering on thick coatings of paint for an impressive effect.

5) Using brushstrokes or blending complementary colors together can also help add movement and flow to your paintings.

6) Add texture with sponges, rags, and other tools to achieve more dimensionality in the painting.

7) Let certain areas of the abstract painting remain unpainted as negative space helps balance the composition.

8) It’s important to step back from your artwork from time to time to view it from a distance to gain insights and perspectives on the art as a whole. To do that, using canvases of good quality is essential.

9) Incorporate abstract shapes and symbols to add further complexity to the artwork.

10) Add splatters of contrasting colors for a final abstract touch.

When it comes to creating an amazing abstract painting, having the right tools is key. Acrylic paint is an absolute must-have, and there are some fantastic professional brands out there that offer good-quality pigments. For mixing colors, consider using disposable palettes or paper plates. And when it comes to canvases, investing in quality can make a huge difference in the finished product.

And let’s not forget: choosing the right brushes is crucial! Look for brushes made from synthetic materials like filberts or flats featuring soft bristles. Stiff brushes can leave marks on your paintings, and cheap brushes will shed hair like crazy 😡 … not fun.

If shopping locally is an option for you, I always encourage supporting your local art store. If not, you can find many products online from Amazon, Michaels, and Treasure Mart, to name a few.

So, gather your inspiration and art supplies and create some abstract masterpieces!

Until next time, friends!! 😊🎨🖌️

Kels

Written by Kelsey Bornyk

My name is Kelsey Bornyk, and I am an artist, creator, chronic illness warrior, and coach who helps:

Guide female entrepreneurs to create calm, clarity and success in their business.

Transform challenges, break through barriers, and step into your power.

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