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Introduction To Abstract Painting Techniques & Ideas For Beginners

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Step 4: Using Color Theory To Make Things Pop

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Let’s change it up by switching to a different color. Think of the complementary colors found in the color wheel (this is found under Color Theory). The complementary color (you can think of it as an “opposite” color) of blue is a combination of red and yellow, which makes orange. This means that orange paint will be the best color to use to make your painting stand out, so with that, mix Brilliant Orange with Permanent Yellow Orange, and paint the area around the garlic. You can turn your paper around to help prevent yourself from touching any wet paint, and to give a different perspective of your painting. Use the same orange mix to fill the space inside the bottle while avoiding the scissor handles and the inner tube, eventually filling up the rest of the negative space inside the bottle. Add any reflective white shapes you like by sketching them in and painting around the area, to give a bit more contrast and depth to your painting.