Trying New Abstract Painting Techniques

Experimenting with your abstract paintings? There are many things you can try like varying your brush movements across the canvas to get interesting shapes, also experiment with the pressure you apply to show the intensity or peacefulness of the moment. 

An abstract artist constantly needs to experiment with new painting techniques and styles to grow. What about different brush widths for either bold, or delicate abstract interpretations. Then try bold colors with contrasting light colors to add even more depth and emotional value to your abstract art.

For my abstract paintings I sometimes use everyday items as tools to paint on canvas with. Buy items from the dollar store like combs with varying prong widths, a squishy dog toy with a textured surface you can roll on your painting and try saran wrap, the dollar store has rolls and rolls of it. The great thing about the dollar store expedition is if you don’t like what you tried, you didn’t spend much money on it.

I bought a skipping rope to make random curve and circle patterns, spray bottles to splatter paint across the canvas where needed, long fibers to drag through random sections, fake flowers to leave flower impressions and I’ve also stuck buttons on my original abstracts.

The abstract painting Heavy Rain shown above is a textured acrylic with green, blue, dark stormy blue with flashes of yellow and pink. A downpour of rain has people running for cover, as others watch the storm from inside their homes and decide to stay in. This original wall hanging measures 18" x 24".

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