Once you have the basic materials to begin acrylic abstract painting, how do you actually get started? This article will give you tips on how to begin acrylic abstract painting for fun and relaxation.
Acrylic Abstract Painting: Experiment With Color
Acrylic paints dry quickly, give vibrant color, and make clean-up relatively easy. There’s nothing to stop you from creating a colorful, exciting acrylic abstract painting-maybe on your very first try. As you begin acrylic abstract painting, don’t think “masterpiece.” Think of what you’d like to hang on your wall. Let instinct guide you as you choose colors for your acrylic abstract painting.
As you begin acrylic abstract painting, it’s easy to become overwhelmed by too many color choices. If you have several small canvases or canvas panels, pick a favorite color and paint three canvases in three slightly different shades within that color family. For example, if you like red, paint three canvases bright crimson. Next, tone down one canvas by adding a thin layer of white and seeing what shade of pink you end up with-maybe bubble-gum, maybe a dusty rose, depending on how much white paint you add. Finally, darken the third canvas by adding a layer of blue or brown. Part of the fun of acrylic abstract painting is in surprising yourself with shades you may not have intended.
Acrylic Abstract Painting: Experiment With Texture and Patterns
If you bought a set of brushes in different shapes and sizes, or even two different brushes, you can create interesting textures and patterns in your acrylic abstract painting. Spread the paint in one smooth layer to start, then dab at the still-wet paint with the end of a brush. See what different textures and patterns you get from large versus small brushes and round versus flat. Try making your acrylic abstract painting smooth on the top half and textured at the bottom-or vice versa.
In acrylic abstract painting, you don’t have to stick to brushes. See what happens when you use common household items to apply paint. Glob on paint with a plastic knife, or rub it on with a paper towel. Use a piece of cardboard with a straight edge-or a torn, jagged edge-and paint along that edge. Press a piece of bubble wrap against a damp layer of paint. And don’t forget your fingers! They worked in kindergarten, right? Use your fingers to smooth out textures you don’t want, or to add textures you do want, in your acrylic abstract painting.
Acrylic Abstract Painting: Learn a Few Tricks From the Masters
You’ve probably seen more oil abstract painting than acrylic abstract painting, but that doesn’t mean you can’t borrow a few techniques from artists who favored oils. Marc Rothko is best known for painting “color fields”-large swaths of color on huge canvases, sometimes separated or bordered by smaller bands of color, sometimes not. Jackson Pollock became famous for his “drip paintings.” He used brushes like sticks and stood over canvases spread on the floor, dripping and splattering paint in long lines and broad loops. You can enjoy the ease of acrylic abstract painting as you pick up ideas from artists who used watercolor or oil paints.
Experimenting with different acrylic abstract painting techniques allows you to let go and unleash the artist within. My only rule for acrylic abstract painting is: if it feels right, do it!