When I’m painting I just love to apply paint on stretched canvas with baking spatulas, or squeegees for big canvases to get a larger paint stroke. I mix lots of paint colors, in some of those paint colors I add flour to make the paint thicker. I can really build up layers in a contemporary abstract painting that way.
Some days I use squeeze bottles to add thick or thin lines of paint in swirls as a finishing touch on an abstract. Or instead of adding more paint I can take some away with a hairbrush, or comb which leaves a very interesting pattern. If I’m feeling really adventurous I add buttons and beads to the still wet paint as another layer of interest.
If an abstract painting doesn’t come together easily when I’m experimenting, I put it aside for awhile to work on again at a later time and that usually does the trick. See my previous blogs on the creative process called Painting Abstract Art and Being Open to the Creative Process.