I’m sharing my most secret techniques with you today! We’re discussing how to paint abstract flowers. No high-tech art fluff, no classes needed, nothing too difficult or time consuming. Painting abstract flowers is quite simple actually (I think that’s why I love painting them so much). It’s relaxing and a way to express yourself without the technical aspect. The concept is very easy… Paint. Water. Go.
- Begin with a damp canvas. This is how I love to begin my abstract flower paintings. The secret to how to create an abstract flower painting is preparing the canvas before any paint hits it. I like to load a large brush up with water and just “dot” around, allowing the water to drip down the canvas. *this is messy* …but totally worth it!
2. Choose a color pallet you love. Feeling lots of color? Or do you want to create a stunning black and white piece? It’s up to you! I find playing around with color pallets is super fun. But don’t limit yourself! Challenge yourself to take advantage of different colored store bought canvases when making your own abstract flower paintings. For Painting Paige I have found that black canvases can be really fun to work with.
3. Play around with a pallet knife. Nothing adds more texture or character than a pallet knife. It creates perfect petals of a flower by just touching the pallet knife to the canvas. You can create a total flower by touching the canvas with paint and the pallet knife in multiple clusters or you can create a “falling petal” look by having one single touch of the knife in a place that needs more attention. It’s up to you, play around with it and when learning how to paint abstract flowers it’s the perfect tool to get you started.
4. Use “suggested” brush strokes to your advantage. Hold yourself back from getting caught up in the details of each flower. Instead stand far away from you reference photo or even your painting. Loosely hold your brush and create suggestion. You don’t have to spell it out for the viewer to get the idea that you’ve painted a flower. One way I enjoy creating a “suggested” flower is using an oversized brush. Heck, you can even use a paint brush intended to paint a wall on your canvas… I have! Using an oversized brush is how you can make an abstract flower painting without getting caught up in the detail of each petal and it will definitely save you a headache during the process!
5. Take charge of negative space on the canvas. This is seriously the easiest way to create interest in your abstract flower painting. If you see some of the paintings that I have made, I use the blank space as a “display” for the drips of paint that run down from the damp canvas step (tip #1). Strategizing what color your background with and contrasting that with your “drip” color is the way to go! It’s such a time saver when you figure out how to make the drips on your painting “pop” and create interest in the negative space in your painting. Try it, you won’t be disappointed.
Go get some flower inspiration and create something unique for yourself and everyone to enjoy 🙂 Seriously, it’s fun and easy. Abstract flower paintings are my favorite for so many reasons. They’re beautiful, colorful, and make me happy!