Abstract Art Techniques

Many of the techniques in creating Abstract Art is achieved by using various mediums to create texture. Such mediums are sand, plaster of paris, spackle, plastic wrap, molding paste and many more. Using these various mediums opens the door for endless opportunities to create Abstract Art.
Of course, I have only mentioned a small percentage of techniques here, these are the most common ones I use.

Fluid Art Techniques:

There are numerous techniques used in Acrylic Fluid Art and Acrylic Abstract Art, below are some my favorite and most commonly used techniques used in creating my art:

Simple Pour - This technique is just as the name suggests. You simply pour your paint colors on , your surface side-by-side or overlapped slightly then tilt your surface (canvas, wood panel, etc.) in a circular, vertical and/or horizontal motion to create your composition.

Flip Cup Pour - You begin by layering your paint in a cup and then flip that cup onto your surface and then as described in the Simple Pour you tilt your surface to create your composition.

Puddle Pour - This technique you begin by pouring your paint in puddles on your surface, layering your desired colors one at a time on each puddle and again tilt your surface to create your composition.

Swipe Technique - This technique requires the layering of colors on a base paint on your surface of choice and then using a swiping tool e.g. wet paper towel, business cards, palette knife there are various tools that can be used. Applying a cell activator to the tool and then swipe across your surface of layered colors.

Balloon Technique - This technique can be used to create or embellish your composition. You basically take an inflated latex balloon and create designs or embellishments by dipping the balloon in your paint and then creating your composition on your surface.

String Pull – A more advanced technique, your composition is achieved by dipping your string or chain in your desired colors of paint and pulling them across your surface to create your composition.

Dutch Pour Technique - After layering your colors on your surface you achieve your composition by using a blow dryer to blow the layered paint across your surface in various directions until the desired look is achieved.

Dip Pour - Your composition is achieved by laying down your colors on one surface and then taking another like surface and placing it on top of the surface with paint, pressing the two surfaces together and then pulling them apart. Two compositions are created.

Cloud/Pearl Pour - This technique is achieved by the paint ratios and consistency in your paints. When all goes well with this technique, you achieve a cloud-like composition and many small cells thus why it is called the cloud/pearl technique.


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