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Introduction To Abstract Painting Techniques & Ideas For Beginners

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Step 3: Painting Blues

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With the preliminary sketch complete, it’s time to start painting. Start by using the round sable brush and mix Cerulean, Compose, and Peacock Blue on your palette, then using the wet-in-dry technique (the technique you’ll use for the entire painting), paint the bottle’s cap and the top of the plunger. Continue using the blue paint to fill in the scissor blades, painting around the screw that attaches the blades together, and stopping where the blades meet the jar. Use this same paint once more to paint the cast shadow of the garlic and the negative spaces (i.e. empty spaces formed via the surrounding objects) created by the bottle and the scissors’ handles to display variety.

At this point, the challenge you face is making your own choices for painting different parts of each object, and deciding which shapes you should tie together by using the same color. Remember that it’s not about the objects, but using their shapes and transforming them.