I don’t think I’m taking too many risks when I say that in the common mind, painting means painting portraits, scenes of life or landscapes.
However, by taking a closer interest in painting and all its possibilities, we quickly realize that what is most interesting in this discipline are the shapes, the lines and the way they are painted.
What I’m trying to say here is that what is most beautiful in painting is not the final work itself, but the intellectual and artistic path that the artist used.
And if there is one discipline that corresponds to everything I have just mentioned, it is abstract painting. Indeed, it is composed, as its name suggests, of visual forms which do not represent anything in themselves.
Nevertheless, abstract painting is probably the most pleasant style of painting to work with as an artist, since one can freely express his creativity as a painter.
In this article, I would like to give you 4 tips and methods that I hope will help you get started in abstract painting.
1) Tip 1: Start Painting On Paper
If you’ve been following this blog for a while, you know that I attach particular importance to the preparations for a canvas. Indeed, I usually say that without a good foundation, there is no point in building the roof of a house, since it would collapse.
Well, it’s exactly the same in painting, and even more so in abstract painting!
I am well aware that it is difficult to start abstract painting: we often do not know where to start, or how to approach things.
So the best advice I can give you is to start painting on paper, for 2 reasons:
First, because your first attempts will probably not live up to your expectations. So, by painting directly on canvas, you should spend a lot of time with your supplier! And as you know, canvases are not cheap. Therefore, and for purely monetary reasons, I advise you to paint your first works on paper.
Second, because abstract painting is a daunting field. Indeed, finding yourself in front of an empty canvas can quickly put a certain pressure, and painting under pressure is never a good idea. Thus, painting your first works on paper will take this weight off your shoulders, and you will be able to express your artistic talent freely!
You will understand, paper remains for me the best medium to start in abstract painting.
My advice: Aim for at least “90 lb” paper. This figure is a reference to the weight of it. The higher the number, the thicker and stronger your paper will be. But if you prefer, you can also use thinner paper, such as sketching paper or even newspaper, which can be found in tablet form in specialty stores. But it will be necessary to accept to see the Papeir wrinkle and curl under the effect of the paint.
2) Tip 2: Find The Right Paint For You
Many beginners are very hesitant when it comes to investing in quality equipment. And when we know the price of quality painting equipment, we understand this hesitation!
So, my second tip is to start by testing different types of paint to find the right one for you.
Indeed, you should know that all painters do not use the same material. Everyone’s tastes and preferences matter a lot in choosing the latter!
In this section, the aim is to give you some tips so that you can choose the right utensils according to your preferences.
First of all, be aware that yes, you can mix “professional” grade acrylic paints with more ordinary range paint, but there is a difference in quality and consistency between cheap and more expensive products. .
Acrylic paints fall into three categories:
“Amateur” or artisanal painting.
Painting at university or student level.
Professional or artist level painting.
The main differences are in the quantity and quality of the pigment and the thickness / opacity of the paint. The higher up the quality scale, the more expensive the paint.
My advice for choosing your paint is therefore the following: if you do not particularly want your canvases to last over time (understand: if you are working on a project that serves as training), do not hesitate to use Category 1 paint.
That will be more than enough.
You can go upmarket when your job requires it.
3) Tip 3: There is only one real way to learn
If you’ve opened and read this article, it’s probably because you’re looking to learn abstract painting, and you want to know where to start.
The truth is, there is no magic formula in abstract painting, since it is very personal.
Thus, it is difficult for me to write a complete tutorial on how a beginner should go about learning abstract painting. And if there is no method to follow rigorously to become a good abstract painter, it is perfect that this art is subjective and personal.
Therefore, the best advice I can give you is this: get started! Forget the stories you tell yourself about the ideal gear you need or what you can and can’t do and just get started.
Reading articles like this is a good start, it will get you started in your business in the best possible way. But if you really want to learn abstract painting, there aren’t 36 solutions: you have to grab a brush, a white sheet (not a canvas!) And apply your first brushstrokes.
Take inspiration from the greatest masters of this art by viewing and analyzing their works, and paint until you find your style. There is no better advice than this when it comes to abstract painting.
4) Tip 4: How to find your style?
Throughout the article, I have told you over and over again that each artist has their own sensitivity, and thus, that there is no clear method for doing abstract painting.
So, if you really want to progress and find your style, I offer you a challenge to follow: for a month, make sure you paint one work per day. You will have 30-31 “boards” by the end of the day, and you will realize how much your style has evolved over time with this challenge. And that’s just the beginning. By continuing like this, you will discover yourself through your exercises. You will learn which style of abstract painting you like the most and you can continue to progress in that direction.