Abstract Painting for Beginners Step by Step

by theartinvogue on 03/02/2021


As it is one of the easiest forms of art, Abstract art is fun, flexible and expressive which is suitable for all ages to enjoy. But exactly what is abstract art? Well, Google says, “art that does not attempt to represent an accurate depiction of a visual reality but instead use shapes, colours, forms and gestural marks to achieve its effect” is abstract. Now that sounds fun!

A lot of us have different opinions on abstract painting. Reality and abstract art are generally different looking but it can depict nature using a lot of colours and shapes. A lot of us also think that abstract art is easy as it is random. However, it takes intentional design and implementation of texture to create the most awe-inspiring art.

The fact that you need to be good at art to paint doesn’t make any sense. You just have to enjoy it. Art is about expression and not perfection.


1. Colours

Start with colour combinations, to begin with for your abstract artwork. This will give you a good idea of what you would like to use and will also help you visualise. In case, you’re clueless, you can pick your colour combination from either Pinterest and Instagram. These are two platforms where you can get a lot of inspiration as they’re filled with content and photos. Start with picking 2-3 colour combinations to paint the background. Some people like to paint random white shapes and shades on the cardboard leaving some of the unpainted areas. It’s your choice of being as creative as you’d like to be.

2. Layering

After you do that with the help of a hairdryer you can dry your canvas to start with layering. You can layer all kinds of other shapes on top of the white with your other favourite colours. Here the basic idea is to fill up the unpainted areas or create some colourful shapes by making sure that you don’t paint the white area entirely. We know that abstract art gives you the freedom but still, your art piece should have some sort of a balance for it to make a harmonious layout. The more a piece look put together the more interesting it is to the viewer to understand it.

3. Trust your intuition

Paying attention to the small details and areas is the key when it comes to creating some attractive patterns. This is a suitable way to engage with your canvas and let it guide you where to paint. People generally think that an abstract is an art form where you can just splash colour everywhere and create random messy patterns. It is more than some unplanned streaks of paints. You can define your painting by paying attention to some details and by letting the canvas show you where it can be filled to create something which expresses your full painting potential. You’ll learn this as you go along.

4. Start Small

By starting basic and small you can create some simple shapes like wavy lines, circles, zig-zags. If you need to take multiple looks at the reference image go at it, or if you need to test your design on a separate piece of the sheet before drawing a fair thing go ahead and fo that. Remember that in the initial stages everybody uses the trial and error method. Experiment a lot so that at the end of the day you know what works for you.

As you add lines, shapes and patterns you can opt for the colour black too. Because black highlights the background colour especially if the background colours are light or bright ones. It goes really well together as it matches it. You can experiment and do the same thing with white or other colours with different background tones.

Though it’s only a choice and not a necessity to start with bright or dark colours. It’s totally about how you want to go about it and what are your preferences. A bit of common advice is to mix and match to explore what you like or you don’t like. This is precisely where the cardboard turns out useful as then you can experiment with what you want as there are a variety of abstract art designs.

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