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Introduction To Abstract Painting Techniques & Ideas For Beginners

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Follow along as the award-winning painter, Steve Curl, uses a more experimental style for an abstract watercolor painting. Want to watch abstract painting techniques on video? The full tutorial is available to members of our Watercolor University.

Materials Used In This Watercolor Class:

  • Parchment 100 tracing paper (size 9″ x 12)
  • A sheet of Arches cold press watercolor paper (140lb, size 12″ x 16″)
  • Mechanical pencil with 0.5mm lead, or any HB/2B pencil
  • Kneaded eraser
  • Ruler
  • Painting palette for watercolor paints
  • A container of water
  • A towel or rag to rest brushes on
  • Tissue or paper towels
  •  Soap bottle with a pump and spout
  • A pair of kitchen scissors
  • A bulb of garlic

Paints (Holbein Artist’s Watercolors)

  • Permanent Yellow Orange
  • Brilliant Orange
  • Peacock Blue
  • Compose Blue
  • Cerulean Blue
  • Cobalt Blue Hue
  • Ultramarine Deep
  • Prussian Blue
  • Payne’s Grey
  • Neutral Tint

Brushes

  • Stratford & York Warwick Series: Round sable brush (size 8)