Modern Abstract Painting Techniques

The abstract art universe has been a thing of peculiarity. It is a notion that baffles the mind as well as the human soul itself. Some people may think “What classifies as abstract art?” as apposed to just blotches and paint smears on canvas. A pertinent question would be what is abstract art and what does it mean? People can literally stare at some abstract art piece for hours and just drink in the weird, deviating aesthetic emotion that each individual feels.

Today the abstract art venue still excels with multiple tools and utensils. Present day modern abstract painting techniques have a wide range of methods. In this post I will talk about some ways that artists use to compose there enigmatic abstract wonders.

To start with, the rules of abstract art creation are not stringently subjected. Freedom and expression as well as style are integrated into this kind of art. I will begin with the most explainable method. Although there is no official term for the following technique, it is practiced by a good number of artists of today.

This method is good if you’re new to abstract art and need a template to draw from. It starts with a simple picture. Imagine a sketching or photo of a  tree. Notice the dimensions of the tree – its long trunk, its canopy or its smaller branches or rushes.


Now take a small section and “cookie cut” it onto a piece of paper or canvas. If it was the body of a trunk, you could more or less transfer a rectangle on to the art surface.

Here is where it gets fun. Look at the the image of  a tree and do as if you were going to copy a detail like lines of its trunk. But rather than just draw an according line or lines, change it as you feel. Do you see where I’m going? You’re drawing abstract art piece! Wasn’t that simple?

This is where phase two comes in. You’ve worked with the general aspect of the process until now. Now you will give color and vibrancy to the general shapes.

With your palate of paint colors, try to shade in the shapes represented in the picture of the tree. Here you can focus on the finer details of your abstract piece. Notice the design of the bark like its striations and lumps or perhaps a hollow on the trunk.

In the same way use the actual organic subject and play with the contours and other details. Continue in the same way that you used to color the general parts of the tree. Although liberality is encouraged, try not to stray too far from the line boundaries. Now take a step back and relish your work.

This next method is more complex and it delves into the world of true inert and expressive mentality. This is the typical abstract composition that is comprised seemingly random, conglomerated, and peculiar painting strokes, swipes and blotches. Despite the apparent simplicity that is tied with this form of art, it is quite challenging.

Think about it. How does one express joy, nostalgia, peace in various combinations of shading and mixing of paint on a canvas? How does one portray an abstract feeling with deviation and ambiguity? It is similar to the abstract emotion you might get when adoring the clouds or looking at the mountains. Is it possible to capture that exact feeling without painting a cloud but rather use a collage of individual collars and brush strokes.

So now we will dive right into the next kind of abstract painting.

Obviously you will require a canvas. It is optional to use gesso to give a smooth, primed backdrop. Gesso is a grey, thick painting plaster made of paint pigment, chalk and binder. Next, choose the paint kind you want to use. Before 1937, only oil based paints was available. But this kind of paint was thick and could not be painted over. It also had a bad odder and faded some and got discolored.

Acrylics dry faster but had have less pigment. They are made with plastic so it can be improved with more refined as plastics evolve. Both paints have pros and cons. In light of that, the choice is up to you.

Then, choose your brushes. Again, there is no exact type you must use. Abstracts require the use of varying colors and different degrees of shades. Often you may have to frequently mix and re-apply paint. It is advantageous get a visual guide like a color wheel. This tool is more or less a pie chart with each piece a varying color shade.

Now to the action. Use blue painter’s tape and apply strips all across the canvas so that you have a patch-like appearance at random angles. Then, select your hue of paint that you have pre-mixed and brush lightly with a wide brush. Use the rules of color-relationship when you apply your colors. Take a rainbow for example; the hue is formed by the scientific light spectrum. This specific part of the technique my require practice.

After you have covered the canvas with your paint, remove the tape. The product at this point is paint with white lines over it. At this point you will do the finishing touch. Simply fill in the white lines with a color of your choice. And there you have it! Doesn’t look great!

Bellow is a partial end product of the process explained above. There are more intersecting lines and they could be colored as in the outline shown above.

Besides the part of properly learning the relationship of color, this method is pretty easy. And it looks truly professional. Of course there is a sleuth of other abstract techniques, I have explored only two. I  hope you have gained some knowledge about the different facets of this art style.

I encourage you to pursue your hankering for today’s brand of abstract art. As always paint on and feed your inner muse with all sorts of ideas!

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