Abstract Painting Idea With Acrylics
Painting Abstracts With Acrilics
Acrylic paint is a very versatile medium that can be used in different ways to obtain a wide array of effects.
You can use the paint thick, right from the tube, or thickened even more with a gel or a paste medium. You can also dilute to a watercolor consistency with water or acrylic medium.
The characteristic of acrylic of being fast drying provides a lot of opportunities to experiment with creative techniques and unusual painting tools without having to wait a long time for the previous layers of paint to dry.
You Will Need
- A canvas
- Acrylic paints
- A large flat brush
- A round brush
- Painter's tape
- Bubble wrap
How to Choose a Color Scheme
First, you need to pick the color combination that you like for the background. You can go different ways with the background colors.
To find ideas and inspirations for the colors to pick look at a color wheel.
On one side of the color wheel, you should find a scheme with all kind of color combinations: monochromatic, analogous, complementary, split complementary, triadic, or tetradic.
Turn the wheel and see how colors combine together. Find a combination that you like, or you can use the one from my example.
The colors I picked for my painting were inspired by the lively triadic color scheme in my neighbor's living room: Ultramarine Blue, Cerulean Blue, Raw Sienna, Burnt Sienna, Medium Magenta, and Hansa Yellow Light.
Start Painting on Your Canvas
Using a wide brush, paint the canvas with elongated areas of each color.
Try to use the colors with balance, positioning each color so it complements and balances the others.
Use the brightest color with awareness of how dominant it becomes compared to the others.
In my case the brightest color is yellow, and I chose to use it sparingly.
How to Create an Abstract Geometrical Pattern
Keep adding paint, dilute it a little with water to make sure it penetrates in the white canvas and covers all areas.
Once you are happy with your background you can start to create a geometric pattern with the masking tape.
I used 1 inch painter's tape.
The goal is to create a pattern with tape and then paint a color over the tape.
When you take the tape off it will leave the background untouched under the tape and the paint will be visible only in the gaps between tapes.
To made the zig-zag pattern cut the pieces of tape of the same length and place them on the canvas with a 90 degree angle.
Warning: this part is quite time consuming and requires patience.
Using Masking Tape With Acrylics
When the tape is all placed, you can paint over with a color of your choice.
I picked the same pink I used on the background, but a yellow or even a bright white would have looked great.
You could also go dark and use a black for your geometrical pattern.
The more contrast the more your pattern will stand out.
Painting over the tape, don't dilute the paint too thin or it will seep under the tape.
Painter's Tape Comes in Several Widhts and Colors
When the paint is dry, peel off your tape and reveal the pattern.
I could have stopped here, this is already a nice abstract painting, but I went the extra step adding a random dotted pattern using bubble wrap as painting tool.
Using Bubble Wrap With Acrylic Paint
To make the composition less geometric, I added a polka-dot pattern using the same colors of my background, and applying the paint with bubble wrap.
To keep the pattern looking more organic and less geometric, I cut the bubble wrap with curvy lines.
Water down your paint, rub the bubble-wrap on it, bubble side down, then apply on your painting, pressing down.
Again, try to balance colors and sizes of the dotted areas, in order to make a pleasant color combination.
Manually Adjust Color Balance With Your Brush
After I did this, my geometric pattern tended to "disappear" and blend with the background, and my yellow bubble marks seemed too bright in comparison.
To balance it out I traced some of the pink zig-zag pattern with yellow paint, using a thin round brush. That helped bringing the geometric lines forward and the masses of yellow dots less overwhelming.
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