Festivities apart, if you want to make the most of extra time at home this week, try doing abstract art. Besides helping you to spend your time in a fruitful way, it will also unlock hidden sections of creativity which you never imagined were lodged at the back of your mind.
The very first thing to do when wanting to learn abstract art is to view and study abstract art – the work of few abstract artists – though you never admired any of them, as such. Check out their concepts, colour schemes, strokes and techniques that made their end results stand out. Get started in your own small way and soon you will discover that you have, indeed, developed your own style.
First things first, get hold of some basic requites to start off. You will need acrylic paint (it dries very fast and is good for beginners), a suitable canvas (don’t go for huge sizes), a few flat brushes (yes flat, you don’t need pointed brushes for minute details, yet) pencils, art paper, and a few accessories (try plastic spatulas or knives, even bits of cardboard) to guide your creativity.
The first layer
Place your canvas on a steady table at a comfortable inclination (you don’t yet have a stand to fix it). Arrange your paintbrushes and prepare a few paints on a tray to get started. Choose a colour and prepare four or more shades of it – each shade should be deeper than the other. Starting from the top side of the canvas, use the darkest shade for the first layer.
Continue the painting towards the bottom side of the canvas. Once you’re done with the first dark layer, wash your brush by simply dipping it into a cup of water. Then go for the next shade.
Complete the base ombre
Keep adding different deeper shades of your colour while painting towards the bottom end of the canvas. If you’re a beginner, don’t worry if the base ombre (a graded tone) doesn’t turn out as good – you will eventually get better. This ombre is now the base of your painting
Paint scattered clouds
Grab white acrylic paint and using a flat brush, paint a scattered cloud pattern along the top side of the canvas, and move downwards diagonally. Prepare
a really deep mint acrylic shade (mixing white, blue and green) and again paint a scattered cloud pattern below the white cloud pattern. Overlap with the previous cloud pattern.
With a new colour, paint more clouds randomly, overlapping with and beside the previous clouds. Continue to add different deep shades. Don’t worry about the get-up, just get creative.
Smudge the overlapping parts
Use a sponge to smudge the overlapping sections of the painting to give them a smooth look. Just tap gently on the overlapped painting and keep smudging them until you’re happy with the shades.
Now, allow the paint to dry completely. As your have applied quite a few layers, it might take a few hours for the paint to dry completely.
Add some effects
Pour a small amount of golden paint on a toothbrush and then splatter the golden paint from the toothbrush on the painted canvas, for a unique effect. Try keeping the golden splattered pattern mild, don’t add too much golden paint.
You don’t have to follow the same steps identically. Get creative in your own way, experiment with new colours, create new shades, new patterns, use accessories like plastic knives of bits of cardboard to apply the paint on your canvas in varied strokes. Blend the colours to form new shapes and shades and add your own touch of class with a few decorative strokes at the end to complete your artwork. Most importantly, don’t be in a hurry to finish your abstract artwork – enjoy the process, learn new insights from it and feel enlightened at the end of each painting.
The artist’s painting palette can be used in two primary positions – on the tabletop or hand-held. Some artists prefer to hold their palettes while they paint. This makes it possible to continue painting from different angles. Other artists would rather set their palette on a table and mix paints that way.
Organise your palette:
Place your colours along the outer edge of your palette leaving the center area open for mixing your paints.
If you are a beginner, you might want to start with a small section of colours on your palette. As you become a more experienced painter, you can add more colours.
Try to lay out your colours in the same order each time you paint. You will soon get to know where they are without having to look at your palette.
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