g8 job!i wanted to ask you that can anything else be used other then cake slice to change the texture of the canvas?? Keep it for cheap, old ones…). Don’t make them too big — pea-size is perfect — and leave an inch or two of space between them. Marian L (author) from UK on October 10, 2011: Thanks diydiva - am also following back as I am a total DIY fan too - I always try and do something myself first before I get an expert in lol :-). As a beginner, you might be a little stressed about where to start from and what should you do first and all such things. herrannick from Miami,Florida on January 02, 2012: Great article, Great art! I want to try now. I've done many paintings but never an abstract...well, never set out to do an abstract anyways! Answer: I have never had the varnish pool on a painting as I use a brush to put it on. Watercolour paper, acrylic paper, or a canvas, 2-3 colours of acrylic paint, one dark and the others lighter. Maybe I can try your step by step abstract painting too. Some of the greatest masterpieces in painting has been the nude abstracts, that depicts the physical form of a human body without making the appearance vulgar, rather, giving it a sensitive outlook, a new perspective and one of the easiest to start with for beginners with a scope of improvement at every point and so it is one of the Abstract Painting Ideas For Beginners. This way, it can be hung without needing to be framed. Notify me of follow-up comments by email. To finish the painting I use a coat of a very heavy gloss varnish to really bring out the colours. So now you’ve read my best tips (including what not to do…!) I like that you show step by step photos too. Easy Step by Step Painting Examples for Beginners. Question: When varnishing a textured painting, how do you keep the varnish from welling or pooling around textured places? Thank you for supporting Birch & Button! imatellmuva from Somewhere in Baltimore on March 07, 2011: Voted up...and I think I may give this a shot. Whilst I quite like the brush strokes and how carefree the painting turned out, the colours have gone pretty murky where the green, red and yellow mixed together. Stop fussing and take a deep breath. to create a painting that uses a similar technique but where the finished painting does not resemble my own artwork. So anxious to try this with a couple of friends tomorrow. let’s get onto the ridiculously easy step-by-step tutorial! Can you tell me the artist name please? Sometimes if the texture is very rough or difficult to get a brush into then I will use a spray varnish. Once I was happy with the texture that I applied I then left that to dry overnight. I enjoyed your hub. LOVE the blue in the finished piece! You can also get a similar effect by dry-brushing gold or silver paint on top of the other layers. I applied a number of different coats of paint of different thicknesses - whether that be directly from the tube or watered down or else with a dry brush technique - there is a list of how to apply acrylic paint … The painting once it had a number of coats of acrylic paint applied. I have only been painting for a few years and am always looking for new sources of inspiration and training! I only recommend websites and products that I feel are genuinely useful. I read your other hub on 'make your own texture', and now I'm even more intrigued. I saw a painting in a gallery and it looked like there were melted globs of polished turquoise stones all in one magnificent multi glob. Easy Abstract Acrylic Painting DIY Step-By-Step, Step Zero (Optional, and only necessary if you’re painting on a canvas). Please note that copyright of this painting remains with myself. So I tend to use a lot of paint in my abstract acrylic art and this painting was no different. Marian L (author) from UK on November 02, 2014: Thanks HA1, yes I think you could go in any direction with the white textured base with or without too much colour. Your email address will not be published. This method of creating an abstract painting is really freeing since it’s a little unpredictable. Step 1 - texture is applied to the canvas. In some of the coats of acrylic paint I would apply the paint, let it dry for a short while (30 seconds say) and then wipe some of the paint off with a wet household sponge (see picture). If this sounds like your kind of thing, stick around and make yourself at home! As a beginner, you might be a little stressed about where to start from and what should you do first and all such things. And if your brush strokes are short and change direction a lot, and you don’t blend the colours too much, you’ll create a painting like my blue and purple one. Put fewer blobs of the darker colour and more of the lighter colour(s). Prussian blue is a very dark blue and one of my favourite acrylic colours. it's difficult to say without seeing it but it could have been done with stones and maybe resin or clay polymer modelling perhaps. Once the texture is dry, I applied a coat of slightly watered down white paint all over the canvas so that all the texture and the cracks in it were covered by the white paint. let’s get onto the ridiculously easy step-by-step tutorial! Read on to learn more. Following; Thanks! (See above for the exact blending techniques I used.). Once you’re happy with all the colours, leave your painting to dry. I usually paint miniatures (as in figures) and have never really branched out in to bigger pieces, but this makes me want to try. If you want one that doesn't then try using an oil paint gloss varnish for paintings. The varnish I use - although it says clear gloss - actually has a yellow tinge to it so should not be used for anything with white in, but it gives a nice warmth to other paintings.