Abstract Oil Painting (How To Create Your Own Abstract Art)

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Creating abstract art can be a fun and rewarding experience, and it doesn’t have to be difficult.

In this post, I’ll show you how to create your abstract masterpiece using simple techniques that anyone can master. 

So grab your supplies, and let’s get started!

Decide on the Colors You Want To Use

When considering colors for your artwork, take time to reflect on the feeling it conveys and think about how the chosen colors will bring this across to the viewer.

Abstract art often relies heavily on color to capture emotion, so deciding which colors to use is vitally important. 

Before settling on a combination of colors, look at your surroundings and take note of the shades that inspire you.

Is there an underlying purple tone in the sunset? A fiery orange shimmering in a body of water? Consider these subtle shades when creating your artwork;

they might not be the most obvious color selection, but they can help to evoke a specific mood or atmosphere that elevates your work further. 

Of course, it’s also good practice to stick with tones that complement each other – contrasting shades can be striking, but too much disparity may distract from the overall effect.

Ultimately, picking out the right colors is all about experimentation until you find something that clicks for you. 

Don’t get overwhelmed by possibilities; let yourself be inspired and trust your eye for details. That’s where masterpieces are made!

Choose a Canvas Size for Your Abstract Art

When creating abstract art, the size of your canvas is a critical decision.

Many experienced artists recommend starting with more minor brush strokes on a smaller surface to get a feel for the brush and allow more room for mistakes. 

On the other hand, if you’re an established abstract artist looking for larger projects, it can be quite liberating to create work on a large canvas.

More extensive surfaces mean bigger brush strokes and more intricate textures, so no matter the desired outcome, grand gestures, or subtle washes of color, you’ll have plenty of space to explore. 

It’s important to consider the type of artwork you want to create when choosing your canvas size;

from 4×6 inches up to 24×36 inches or beyond, any number of creative possibilities can be achieved depending on how big (or small) you decide to go.

Paint in Large Strokes With a Brush or Your Hands To Create Abstract Art

Painting with large strokes is a great way to create expressive abstract art.

Whether you’re painting on a canvas, paper, or any other material, it allows you to make bold, sweeping gestures that can capture the feeling of a scene or emotion better than more detailed brushwork. 

You can use a large brush for this technique, allowing for smooth transitions and curves in the painting without too much precision.

But if you want an even more chaotic look, you can simply use your hands to paint. 

Your fingers are perfect tools for creating lines and shapes in varying sizes and compositions; plus, they have the bonus of adding texture to your work. 

No matter which approach you take, painting in large strokes is an effective way to create abstract artwork that conveys its message clearly and powerfully.

Add Details and Texture With Smaller Brushes to Your Abstract Art

When it comes to abstract art, the brushwork is key. Broad brushstrokes can help create lines and shapes while offering a sense of depth and overall impact.

But brushwork isn’t just about broad strokes; details also play an important role. 

By adding a variety of brush sizes, you can give your artwork more texture and dynamism.

Smaller brushes are ideal for brushing in finer strokes and thickening existing brushwork or filling in gaps between larger brush areas. 

Additionally, smaller brushes can be useful for creating polka dots to add visual interest and subtle color variations.

Finally, working with different brush sizes gives you more control over the details of your painting, allowing you to achieve the balance you want between strong shapes and intricate textures. 

When used thoughtfully and purposefully, brushing in details with smaller brushes can take your abstract art to a whole new level.

Let the Painting Dry Completely Before Framing or Hanging It Up

Before you can proudly display your new abstract painting in its frame, it must first dry completely. This is to ensure the finished product is as professional and flawless as possible. 

One way to tell if your paint has properly dried is to touch the canvas gently with your fingers.

If they don’t come away smudged or smeared, then you know that the painting has likely completed its drying process. 

Abstract art often uses a combination of brush strokes and thicker layers of pigment, so it may only sometimes give visual cues about when it’s ready for framing. 

However, for safety’s sake, you should always let your work dry for at least 24 hours before framing or hanging it up.

That way, you can rest assured that your masterpiece won’t succumb to unnecessary smearing during transit or display. 

Allow yourself enough time so your painting will stay pristine after all that hard work! These few extra steps will save you plenty of hassle later on. 

So remember, wait a full day before featuring your latest creation. 

It’ll be worth it! Let the painting dry completely before framing or hanging it up, and enjoy all of the results!

For Conclusion,

Abstract art is a fun and easy way to add color and visual interest to your home. By following these steps, you can create a one-of-a-kind piece of abstract art that you’ll be proud to display. 

So gather up your supplies and get painting!

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Josh Cohen

Josh Cohen

I love to paint, mostly nature and I dabble in some abstract paintings. Here I will share some tips and tricks I learned over the years.

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I love to paint, mostly nature and I dabble in some abstract paintings. Here I will share some tips and tricks I learned over the years.

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