Easy Abstract Acrylic Painting Ideas You Can Try! Art Journal Thursday

– [Mako] Hey guys, in today’s
Art Journal Thursday episode, I will show you four fun and easy abstract painting
techniques you can try out with acrylic paint. (lively music) The first idea is very simple. You only need one main color
and water acrylic paint. Here I’m going to use this really vibrant red
color acrylic paint. Start out with the colored paint first and distribute it to the
top area of the paper, and then you can slowly add a little bit of white paint into the mixture, to create simple strokes moving downwards using a round brush as the
tool to create the pattern. (lively music) So after a few rows or after
as many rows as you like, mix in more and more paint to make the shade lighter and lighter. But you can really experiment
and play around with it, you don’t have to create this pattern super neatly and accurately. Now since we work with acrylic paint, don’t worry if you, for example, don’t really feel a pattern yet, you can always paint over it. Here, for example, I had
blended the colors together while the paint was still
wet to create gleam effect, and then I immediately started
over without letting it dry. So this way, I had wet paint underneath, so the result will be different. So you can either wait for it to dry or see what else you can create. This is a great opportunity to
train yourself to just let go and just enjoy the pattern for the process and to learn about what effects
and patterns you can create. Here, for example, I felt
like with this technique you can really create beautiful
feather-like patterns without even really trying. The other idea is to use a flat brush and experiment with
different paint applications. Now here, also use only a limited palette. I have the same red and white paint and later I will add a naples yellow that is really soft looking yellow shade, and to make the red shade
darker, I use burnt umber. Now a lot of times people try to blend acrylic paint
or oil super smoothly and that can look super amazing, but why not trying out a different way? I personally really love
seeing the brushstrokes of a painting because I feel like it makes the whole painting look so much more alive and interesting, like you can almost
see and feel the artist through those brushstrokes. Does anyone feel the same
way, or am I just weird? So here I apply the paint
in a crisscross motion, and just try to create a contrast between the bright colors
and the different shades of red from dark to light, and the yellow just added a hint of sun or warmth in general, making the painting mysterious looking. As you can see, I’m going
over areas a few times until I was happy with the composition of the different colors
and the brushstrokes. This way you not only learn and practice a different
way how to apply paint, but you also learn a new way
to capture light, shadows, and to create a certain mood and feeling. So you can decide what
colors you want to use. Maybe you’ll look into some
interesting color schemes, so you know what colors
work great together and then just have fun. Remember you can always paint over, and the whole point here
is to just relax, have fun, and to learn along the way. Another fun technique is using a palette knife
and small dots of paint. Here I used a rather limited
color palette as well. First I added the paint
to a few random areas and then moved the paint
around with the palette knife. Now, here, it’s easy to create muddy paint if you use too many colors at once. So I would recommend
just start really simple, to just get a feeling for that. You can also layer it and really
experiment with the paint. Scribble some paint,
move it somewhere else, move it around as if you were
just to put glazing on a cake. Really just focus on experimenting and learning about what you can create through all the different techniques. It’s easy to focus on the final result and being frustrated by the result because it’s easy to think
that if the result looks bad, you have failed. And I totally understand that,
but that’s totally not it. It’s really about figuring out what doesn’t work and what works the best, and without that, you can really improve anywhere in life pretty much. By the way, if you don’t
have a palette knife, you can also use an old ruler or an old plastic card works just as fine. And since I had lots
of paint on the paper, it’s starting to become a little bit wavy, and this kinda worked to my advantage, because this way the
paper gave me a new way to use the texture to create
an interesting pattern. The fourth idea was
supposed to be a rainy city, but then I remembered I wanted to do something really different, so I just covered it up with paint. But I do have a video about that, so you can check out it in the
info box and watch it later if you want to learn more about it. So instead of the city, I
decided to paint a sunset, and here I kept it
really abstract as well. I use all sorts of colors, but I try to not mix them too much. I used the same colors as in the beginning and just added a few additional
blue and gray shades, but you can use any
color you like of course. The focus here is to just create a quick impression of a sunset. Focus on the shades of the sun, and then create a darker contrast by applying dark colors
around it here and there. I really love abstract art because it’s such a great way
to focus on just the shapes, the colors, the composition,
the paint application and how everything makes you
feel when you look at it. It’s not that easy to just create a perfect
abstract painting, because it does require
planning and testing, but it’s a great way
to start exploring art in all its aspects from
a different perspective. What painting and technique
was your favorite? Comment down below and let me know. Thank you so much for watching guys. I really hope you liked it. Have a wonderful day, and
I will see you soon, bye. (gentle music)


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