Abstract painting, you can do it! If you haven’t already tried my super easy DIY pink and gold abstract painting that one is much easier but this water inspired abstract blue painting is sinch too. So without further ado here is the painting you will be learning how to make.
DIY ABSTRACT PAINTING
Step 1: Using a wet paintbrush to apply medium cerulean blue acrylic paint to most of the canvas with some teal, primary blue, and yellow streaked around the edge of the canvas. The colours were applied vertically up and down for the most part with thin layers of paint, always using a wet paintbrush to make it so some of the various layers were visible. The idea here is simply to have a multi layered background as it is more interesting of a background.
Step 2: Using a palette knife or a stiff dry paint brush apply primary yellow paint around the edge of the canvas. Some areas can be thicker, than others. If the blue paint underneath isn’t dry the yellow paint will mix with the blue paint to form a green as you can see on the edge on the lower edges of this painting.
Step 3: Using cobalt (medium to dark blue) and phthalo blue (very dark blue) I painted 3 dark spots on the canvas 2 on the bottom corners and one on the top middle section to add some depth to the painting.
Step 4: I went over the top right hand section of the painting with white and very pale blue shade of paint painting a thin layer of colour. Next I dripped water down where I just painted to create the drip marks. Below I also painted a white tear drop shape at the bottom using a wet paint brush and building up the shape with thin layers.
Step 5: I repeated the same bottom white tear drop shape in the middle of the canvas using the same yellow paint that was used around the edge of the canvas. Again this was painted with a white paint brush, so some areas of the yellow paint look greenish.
Step 7 (optional): I went over and blended any harsh lines and added a few more thin layers of paint to help darken or brighten anywhere on the canvas that I felt needed more contrast. As you can see from step 6 and 7 it is a very small difference, and it is just personal taste to fine tune small details exactly to your liking. To get a bolder contrast you may want to let your canvas fully dry on step 6 then using a wet paint brush add the final details, this will give you more contrast. For the most impact keep your paint brush dry.
Here is what the painting looks hung up in the hallway where the pink painting used to be. As of now I’m not sure where I’ll put this bad boy but it sure was relaxing to make!
Stuck? Have questions? Email them to me and I’ll do my best to answer your questions to help you out with your abstract painting.