Easy And Creative Ways To Make Your Very Own Abstract Painting

Many would give up at this point, but we say: enough! Don’t be afraid of being creative! Try some of the easy DIY tutorials below and you’ll see that art and creativity will always find a way.

Painting with Painter’s Tape

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You’ll need:

  • A canvas, any size
  • Acrylic paints
  • Scissors
  • A paintbrush (or a couple)
  • Painter’s tape
  • Something to use as a palette
  • A bowl of water to wash your brushes in

Directions:

  • Take the paints you chose and squeeze a quarter-size amount of each color onto your palette.
  • Using a wide brush, create an abstract painting. Don’t be shy, go wild, experiment with strokes and splashes! Blend and switch between colors until you cover the whole canvas. After you’ve finished, let it dry.
  • Now comes the hardest part, but the epic result is going to be worth it, right? Cut same-sized strips of painter’s tape and apply them to one side of the canvas in a staggered pattern. Leave an even amount of space between each strip.
  • Cover the entire canvas with a layer of white paint, allow to fully dry and apply another coat, just in case.
  • After the painting is completely dry, very carefully remove the strips of tape. Et voilà! Meet your very own and very unique abstract masterpiece.

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Painting with a Doily

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create abstract painting

You’ll need:

  • Watercolors
  • A paintbrush
  • Doilies
  • Watercolor paper, card stock or white butcher paper for wrapping
  • A palette
  • A bowl of water to wash your brushes in

Directions:

  • Place a doily anywhere on your paper as a stencil.
  • Pick a paint that is to your liking, mix it with a bit of water on a palette.
  • Paint over the doily and wait for a few minutes for it to dry.
  • Carefully peel the doily off, keep repeating on other parts of the paper.

Using this technique, you can make gorgeous postcards for your friends. Or continue experimenting to create a full-scale painting.

Painting with a Piece of Cardboard

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create abstract painting

You’ll need:

  • Acrylic paints
  • A piece of cardboard
  • A canvas

Directions:

  • Use paint tubes and draw abstract lines on your canvas, one after the other.
  • Starting at the edge, pull your cardboard flap across the paint, with a bit of a scoop movement to make stylized ’waves.’
  • Re-drag the cardboard once or twice for a marvellous effect.

Painting with an Artist’s Spatula

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You’ll need:

  • A canvas
  • Acrylic paints
  • Gold leaf and sealer (optional)
  • An artist’s spatula

Directions:

  • Randomly distribute globs of paint on the canvas. Choose your favorite colors, experiment!
  • Spread the paint using the spatula. It’s a lot like spreading icing on a cake.
  • Add new coats of paint slowly, waiting for each of them to dry first — it’ll guarantee that your painting will come out bright and textured.
  • Add the gold foil randomly into the wet paint. Lightly go over the edges with the spatula to make them seem more ’random.’
  • When finished, let it dry, and enjoy your hand-made creation!

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Painting with Glitter

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You’ll need:

  • A canvas
  • Acrylic paints
  • Gold foil flakes
  • A piece of cardboard
  • Liquid glue
  • Brushes
  • A palette

Directions:

  • First, you need to choose where on the canvas you want your foil flakes to be. Spread them around randomly or in a single splash, like on our pictures.
  • Use a paintbrush to apply a thin layer of glue onto the canvas and sprinkle it with a thick layer of foil flakes.
  • Wait for the glue to dry and add the second coat of glue.
  • Pick the colors you want to use. Squeeze globs of paint directly onto the canvas and use pieces of cardboard to lightly stroke down the paint. Feel free to let it get a bit messy.
  • Keep layering the paint, blend when it’s wet, layer it when it’s dry.
  • All done? Great! Time to step back and drink in the new child of your hidden artistic genius!

 Painting with Bubbles

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You’ll need:

  • Tempera paint
  • Dish soap
  • Water
  • Bowls
  • Drinking straws
  • White paper

Directions:

  • Mix 2 tablespoons of tempera paint with 2 tablespoons of dish soap and 1/2 cup of water in a shallow bowl.
  • Insert a drinking straw into the mixture. Blow into it until the bowl’s surface is covered in bubbles.
  • Lay a piece of plain white paper across the bowl. The bubbles will pop, leaving beautiful prints on the paper.
  • Let it dry.
  • Play with the size and color of your bubbles, let your imagination run wild!

  Splash Watercolor Painting

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create abstract painting

You’ll need:

  • Watercolors
  • A palette
  • Paintbrushes
  • A bowl of water to wash your brushes in
  • A little wooden stick
  • Watercolor paper
  • A mister

Directions:

  • Pick your paints and mix them on the palette.
  • Mist the paper with water a bit, dip the brush into the paint, take a wooden stick and knock on it with a brush so that paint leaves delicate splashes on the paper.
  • Repeat with other colors.
  • And now the fun begins! Take the mister and pull the trigger! You’d think that you just ruined a perfectly good painting, but wait till it dries. As if by magic, random splashes will form the crown of a tree. Use a brush to add the trunk and the branches.

Painting with Wax Crayons and a Hairdryer

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create abstract painting

You’ll need:

  • A canvas
  • Wax crayons
  • A hairdryer
  • Hot glue

Directions:

  • Glue crayons to one side of the canvas, choose any colors you like. We recommend placing similar shades next to each other.
  • Pick up a ’hot gun’ (or ’hair dryer,’ as non-creative types call it), turn it on and direct the hot air on the pencils, until they begin to melt.
  • You’ll see bright little ’rivers’ starting to flow, creating a unique work of art.

 

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