Wednesday, August 3, 2011

Abstract Watercolor Tutorial

Today I want to share a cool watercolor trick that will help you to make an abstract watercolor artwork for yourself!  This is so simple and it doesn't any drawing/ artistic skills, except for choosing choosing colors.

abstract watercolor art
abstract watercolor art

What you need: Watercolor paper
                             Watercolors paints and brush -a cheap $1 set from walmart will do
                             Card board or some sort of hard surface to tape your paper to
                             Masking Tape
                             Rubber Cement
                             Hair Dryer
                             Pen

Step 1: Tape your watercolor paper to your card board.  Make sure you have half of the thickness of the tape covering your paper and half of it sticking to the board.

Tip : To help the tape come off easier when your painting is done, try this little trick.  Before you stick your tape to the board, stick it to the carpet or your pants and then quickly pull if off.  The tape will pick up little fibers making it easier to get it off your paper without ripping your paper.  Cool huh?


Step 2:  Choose your color palette.  A little planning in the beginning really helps the outcome of the painting.  I find it works well to stick to no more than 3 colors. An easy way to choose colors is to pick colors that are next to each other on the color wheel.  So you could do:  yellow, green, and blue OR red, purple, and blue.....something of that sort.  You get the picture.

Step 3:  Splat or drip random globs of rubber cement on your paper and let it dry.  This is where the blow dryer comes in handy.  You don't have to use it, but it makes the process go A LOT faster.  Don't rub  off the rubber cement until the very end of this project.

rubber cement on paper

Step 4: Paint with watercolors on the paper going over the globs of dried rubber cement.  The placement of the colors doesn't really matter.  Just go with the flow.   Let the paint dry or use a blow dryer.


Step 5: Repeat step 3 by adding more globs of rubber cement and letting it dry.  Then repeat another layer of watercolors over it.  Do as many layers of rubber cement and watercolors as you like as long as you allow each layer to dry before applying the next.  I do 4 or 5 layers and that is enough for me.

rubber cement on paper

Step 6: When everything is dry you can take the rubber cement off by gently rubbing your finger over it.  Once the glue is all off, you will see the cool patterns it leaves!


Step 7:  Gently pull the masking tape off your paper.  Careful though, the paper tends to rip and stick to the tape!  This is why you need to use the tip I gave in step 1!  Once the tape is all off, you will have a nice border around your painting.


Step 8:  Optional- With a pen, outline the designs you see left from the rubber cement. You don't have to do this if you like your painting without the pen on it, but I think the ink brings out the design and makes it look better.

abstract watercolor painting

Yay! You're all done!  You created an abstract work of art you can be proud of!

abstract watercolor painting

20 comments :

  1. This is a neat technique! I'll definitely have to try it out one of these days!

    ~Vicki

    deckedoutinruffles.blogspot.com

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  2. One Word "WOW". I love it! You are a creative genius..

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  3. excellent idea elise. the artworks look lovely. hoping to see more from you

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  4. excellent idea elise. the artworks look lovely. hoping to see more from you

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  5. I just love this, Elise! Would be a great addition to all those gallery walls I'm seeing around blog land! Thanks for sharing your technique!

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  6. lovely!
    my watercolor blog http://watercolor4all.wordpress.com/

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  7. This turned out so much better than how easy it seems to be. Very pretty.

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  8. That is so neat! You know, I bet I could make something pretty and it would even look like I knew what I was doing.

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  9. I have been looking for some DIY art techniques for a very long time. This is one I think I can actually pull off!!!! Thank You!!! My Living room will be getting some art up on those bare walls.

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  10. I did this painting project with our homeschool group today. The paintings turned out great. Thanks!

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  11. this would make a great project with kids! Messy and pretty all at the same time!

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  12. Very cool! Looks like a fun project to do with my kids at school!

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  13. Oh my! Thanks for all the tips to execute this. I'm going to try it for Christmas gifts.

    Would painters tape work on this? Just wondering whether it would peel off easier.

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  14. Just wanted to tell you my 7 year old daughter and I loved this idea and tried it out. I posted it on my blog and linked back to you. Thanks for the idea!

    http://holdingtheworldinapapercup.blogspot.com/2013/08/projects-with-charley.html

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  15. Love this and am trying it right away! Thanks for inspiring us with your creativity.

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  16. Curious, would it be possible (and easier!) to outline the pattern by running a pen around the edges of the rubber cement before it is removed? My hand is unsteady from nerve damage, so the rubber cement would be a nice edger to lean a felt tip or other pen against, it would seem to me. Love this idea! I have a neighborhood girl I'm mentoring after school and this is something that looks like fun for us to do! Thank you for sharing!

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  17. I must agree, you are a creative genius. You know the spirit of a true artist/master/teacher. You remind me something like this: "it is not what you learn in life, but how many learn from what you know"--thank you kindly for sharing this tips tricks ideas and tutorials. It helps me muchly and I'm certain many others. Blessings,
    Jeanine
    J9sOpinion.com

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  18. Very nice and informative article for newbie painters. Thanks

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