Hello! Laura Dame here, and today I am sharing this fun and easy way to create an abstract series from one piece of paper.
The 100 Day Project is in full swing over on Instagram, and this year I am focusing on abstracts. I've called it my #100daysofquickabstractstudies.
I have found it both fun and challenging to focus on abstract art for this project, and I've enjoyed trying out new ways to approach it.
For these pieces, I used just one sheet of watercolor paper (9x12" I believe). I used painter's tape to divide the sheet into four separate sections, but then I painted over the tape as if it was just one whole piece.
The goal here was to try and take thinking out of it and just move paint around. I find that this process can really help loosen me up and stop me from getting overly concerned about the finished product.
I used the stencils as mark-making tools, and stenciled in neutral colors, one having some contrast since it was darker, the other providing some calm and brightness.
Was I able to completely forget that there were actually four separate abstracts being created? Honestly, no. But I did feel free to let the paint and marks fly since I didn't know what they were going to look like. It's not until you peel back the tape that you truly know what's been going on. And who doesn't love a good, clean edge on their paintings?
If you're someone that feels like you have a hard time loosening up, I challenge you to try this technique. And let me know how it goes!
Canson XL Watercolor Paper
Liquitex Basics Gesso
Golden Fluid Acrylic - Indigo
Golden Heavy Body Acrylic - Titan Mars Pale, Quinacridone Nickel Azo Gold
Golden SoFlatte Matte - Payne's Grey
Dina Wakley Media Acrylic - Marine
Lukas Cryl - Mint
Amsterdam Acrylic - Titanium Buff
Liquitex Spray Paint - Parchment
Stabilo Woody Pencil - White
Neocolor II - Greyish Black