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Introduction To Abstract Painting Techniques & Ideas For Beginners

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Step 9: Using Line To Create Emphasis

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Moving on to the final step, mix together a very dark tone using a lot of Payne’s Grey, Neutral Tint, Ultramarine, and Prussian Blue, then paint the shadowed edges of the scissors’ handles. This establishes depth and brings another layer to your painting. Be mindful of the curves as you paint the outside edges of the handle closer to the foreground.

Next, add a heavy outline to the bottom of the garlic, and connect it to the left edge of the bottle. Once that’s done, outline the scissors’ blades, the garlic, and the bottle to distinguish the three objects while connecting them at the same time. Continue on the right side of the bottle and pump, keeping the line consistent for balance. Finish off the abstract painting by painting a thin outline around the fuzzy texture in the garlic’s center. Feel free to experiment with the thickness (i.e. “weight”) of the line, as this will affect how heavy or important a shape feels in an image. Make sure to keep stepping back to evaluate the overall composition, and when you’re satisfied with the result, let your painting dry. Congratulations: you’ve completed your abstract watercolor painting!