Glossy Varnishes For Brilliant Abstracts

For bold textured abstract paintings I use a high gloss varnish. Colors and textures pop with glossy finishes, so the more shine the better for colorful abstract art. Varnish applied to bold textured abstracts highlight colors and contours to make an original painting a bold work of art. It’s also good to varnish contemporary canvases for added protection.

Experiment with a gloss or mat varnish on abstract paintings and decide what works for you. You might like both paint finishes for different reasons. I prefer a triple thick clear glaze spray varnish. The thicker varnish creates an abstract wall hanging that has more brilliance, depth and visual weight so my modern abstracts are like an added piece of furniture in a room. This helps create balance where needed in a space.

Gels mediums used to thicken paint during the painting process is another technique to try. Gels can add texture, slow paint drying times, add shine and translucence. Learn to use these different gel mediums to create effects that suit your constantly developing modern abstract painting style.
The abstract painting Lemons and Peaches shown above is a textured acrylic in red, yellow, orange, purple and blue. In this modern abstract paint was applied in bold swirls. An enticing fresh fruit market with rows of colorful sweet and tart fruit invites you to dream up a refreshing picnic dessert. This original wall hanging measures 18" x 24".

Abstract Artist on the Go

While abstract painting I like to have many original works of art on the go. I rotate what I paint, so when I get back to a big modern wall hanging or small canvas painting it seems like new to me and I know the next step to take in the creative process.

In the interim I look at other artists’ painting techniques for research and inspiration, I also buy supplies for painting. When buying paint supplies I try new things, for instance I found a triple thick glossy varnish I like and a paint thickener that adds texture and extra body to my colorful abstract paintings.

I’m also learning that being an abstract artist isn’t just about painting. I’m taking pictures of my paintings for my new upcoming website and for my abstract art portfolio. Finally a project I’m most excited about is a book I’m writing about how to use colorful abstract paintings as a focal point in home decor and as a starting point for a design makeover in any room.

The abstract painting Fire Walk shown above is a textured acrylic in red, purple and orange. Paint was applied thickly in bold swirls in this modern abstract. A walk across hot coals seems impossible, but when approached with confidence you can make it to the other side. This original wall hanging measures 18" x 24".

Hang Abstract Paintings and Create a Welcoming Home

Abstract art makes a powerful statement and focal point, creating an inviting space in your home. Be brave with your choice of art and design, brighten your house with colorful contemporary abstracts. 

Many people don’t feel happy in their living space with bare walls staring back at them, but don’t know what to do about it. If that’s you, be captured by bright colors, bold brush strokes and thick textures found in many abstract works of art today. The best original abstract canvas for you will have that undeniable feeling of bringing everything together and your eyes will always gravitate towards it.  

Continue to add original abstract art to your home’s decor and each room of your house will feel like a comfortable and welcoming space. You’ll discover that you not only have an appreciation, but also a feeling of rejuvenation and contentment when viewing your bold and bright abstract paintings, and so will the rest of your family.

The abstract painting To the Moon and Back shown above is a textured acrylic in green, yellow, red and orange. Paint was applied thickly in dramatic swirls in this modern abstract. It’s just one of those days where anything is possible, like you walking on to a spaceship for a short journey around the galaxy. This original wall hanging measures 18" x 24".