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Introduction To Abstract Painting Techniques & Ideas For Beginners

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Step 8: Handling The Handles, And Negative Spaces

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Now it’s time to address the scissor handles. Add some Payne’s Grey, Cobalt Blue Hue, and more Brilliant Orange to your bluish-gray tone and paint in the handles, being careful to paint around the white highlights around the bottle’s spout to create more variety and contrast. You can deepen the gray further and add even more contrasting lines to the reflective cylindrical edges of the bottle’s pump. Don’t forget to explore with the negative spaces as well, because by doing so, you break the barrier of reality, which is the first step to capturing the illusive and elusive nature of abstract art. Remember to not be too fixated or overly critical of any mistakes at this point, and allow yourself room for experimentation. Besides, you may find that these “mistakes” add to the abstract rather than detract!