This tutorial today is CRAZY SIMPLE! When I was working on this piece I kept thinking to myself, “Is that it? Does it need more? …should I keep going?” But there is something beautiful about the simplicity of these little paintings. Making abstract art doesn’t get any easier. This project only uses one color; black. The technique is pretty self explanatory as well. Simply make barks with your brush. The brush marks have such a clean, calming vibe to them. Art this simple can be amazing. Not only to look at, but it can be amazing for yourself. For your sanity. Art doesn’t always HAVE to be complicated. For me, this easy brush mark art project was a nice change of pace. I really needed a project that didn’t require a lot of mental focus or thought. If you’re looking for a way to start painting or you’re a beginner to abstract art… this is your sign. Start here. It doesn’t get any simpler, cheaper, or easier 🙂 What are you waiting for? Go for it.
Here’s what you’ll need:
- Paper (how ever many pages you’d like to make *I made 4*)
- Painter’s tape
- Chip brush
- Black acrylic paint
- Load your brush up with some black acrylic paint. You don’t want an excessive amount, because you want some of the bristles to make individual marks on the paper.
- Make a horizontal stroke across the top of your paper for your first brush mark. Don’t push down too much with the brush at the beginning of the stroke, add some pressure towards the middle of the line, and lift the brush off the paper when you want your line to end.
- Make another stripe horizontally about half way down the paper for your second brush mark. I also added a small stripe below this streak.
- Load your brush up again. This time set your loaded brush down on the right side of the paper and start to pull the paint down toward the bottom of the paper for a vertical brush mark. I lifted my brush slightly and put it back down on the paper midway through the stroke to add variation to this mark.
- Load your brush up again and play around with marks. Try adding more or less paint and turning your brush the skinny way or varying the pressure you have on your brush.
- Keep playing around with the marks you make. Remember there aren’t any rules here! I opted to keep my lines vertical and horizontal but don’t limit yourself, have fun!
What a great way to add some modern fun-ness to your home! It’s easy, takes less than half an hour, and so inexpensive. Who doesn’t love all of that?