Are you a beginner artist eager to explore the world of abstract painting? Look no further! In this comprehensive guide, we’ve gathered 50+ easy abstract painting ideas that are perfect for beginners. From the vibrant palette of acrylics to the mesmerizing flow of fluid painting, we’ve covered a spectrum of mediums, including watercolor, oil, mixed media, gouache, and more.
Whether you’re looking to create captivating large canvases to adorn your living room walls or smaller pieces for intimate spaces, our selection offers a wide range of canvas sizes. Along this artistic journey, you’ll discover not only what colors to use but also how to master captivating color combinations.
Get ready to unleash your creativity! Each idea in this collection introduces you to different painting tips / techniques that paves the way for your unique artistic expression.
50 Abstract Painting Ideas for Beginners
In the mood to paint your next abstract masterpiece? The 50+ abstract painting ideas below will fill you full of abstracted awesomeness and inspiration!
Release your anxiety on canvas by making a stress-free intuitional styled painting. First layer cool colors, then warm colors with various random brushstrokes and markings (whatever comes to your mind in the moment is key).
Then paint in the negative space with pale pink paint to make a focal point come to life and give the painting more balance.
Learn these 5 easy abstract designs that you can make with watercolor paints. Use them as backgrounds for your abstract pieces with mixed media or as paintings on their own. Kristina will walk you through each design.
Do you want to learn some nifty brushstroke techniques that you can add to your abstract painting? Jessi will show you how simple brushstrokes in different colors can make an entire art piece for your home.
Take a stroll over to your local thrift store to create this abstract beauty. Melissa will show you how to used simple lumber and an old white curtain panel to create a large canvas. Then grab different mediums like latex paint, plaster of Paris and inks to create the abstract design.
Paint this freeing and serene original painting with simple acrylic paint and a gold leaf pen. Use basic blue paints to create a variety of brushstrokes on half your canvas, then paint in gold flying butterflies.
Intuitive styled abstract painting is a stress-free and enjoyable art form. Essentially you let the piece transform with each layer without an end look in mind. The fantastic tutorial will walk you through each layer: background layer with alcohol inks, followed by tracing in the intricate designs, then bringing it to life with painting in the negative space.
Add in some nifty acrylic mediums into your paint to create a wide variety of textures on canvas. Mediums to create a 3D effect, metallic sheen, cracked/aged look, and more. Learn more about what you can do with acrylic mediums in this blog post.
Alcohol Inks is a new paint medium that has gained lots of popularity recently. It's a simple, low maintenance paint type that can be used to create some mesmerizing abstract art. This tutorial will take you through the basics like brand and colors of alcohol inks, blending solution, paper surface, etc...
Adding gold leaf to your abstract paintings is a great way to add a different dimension and feel to your art. Gold leaf will add a vibe of glamour and lavishness that's effortless. Learn how to apply gold leaf to your canvas and layer it with creamy and yummy acrylic paints.
Do you have any spare glass picture frames laying around? Then try this ingenious idea of painting bright and vibrant colors on glass! Allison will show you how to prep the glass and everything you need to know to create this fresh abstract idea!
If you want to splash into the world of oil paints, then this modern abstract oil painting tutorial will guide you. There are lots of great tips and things to consider when making your abstract that Ashley shares in her post.
An easy abstract painting idea is taking a simple shape (like a heart) then abstracting it using different techniques like texture and using various colors with simple marking tools. Check out this tutorial to learn 3 technqiues to abstract a simple heart shape.
This large canvas art would look great in the living room over a couch. Which is where I hang it in my house. The background is painted with different shades of grey in a painterly style. I also used a spray water bottle to create some drip marks.
Then I painted some abstract poppy flowers with bright red acrylic paint mixed with string gel medium (to give that super shiny, reflective look). For the stems and buds I used a 3D acrylic paint liner in a squeeze bottle to paint the fine lines.
These graffiti string abstract paintings would make great abstract art prints because they would look spectacular framed. If you're looking to make a collection of prints this modern abstract painting idea is a sure win!
Take your paint pouring skills over to rocks to make this abstract work of art. Follow along with this full tutorial that will show you the art supplies, easiest paint for pouring, and top tips for the best painted rocks.
This super easy canvas painting tutorial by Thaneeya will show you how to create this beautiful artwork. She will show you how much fun it can be to have fun with abstract, which is one of the most important things.
This was one of my first abstract pieces and it was super easy to make. I used masking tape to make the geometrical square and rectangular shapes, then painted them in with a basic color palette of blue, black, grey and yellow.
It's painted with acrylic paint and the highly textured part was a mixture of super heavy gel and yellow paint.
Want to learn different ideas on how to use masking tape in your abstract art? This post will walk you through ideas, techniques, and experiments that use masking tape so that you can infuse them into your own abstract pieces.
If you're looking for abstract painting video tutorials, then check out this great demo. This abstract painting technique uses simple masking tape (or painter's tape) to create modern geometric shapes.
Take something that calms and centers you and use that as the focus of your abstract painting. This painting was made for my beautiful mother who loves tranquility and buddha. I collaged the buddha and om design on my canvas using matte medium then painted with acrylics overtop.
Learning to use the palette knife to move paint across your canvas can be seriously satisfying. And you can create some pretty amazing art with this simple yet powerful tool- no paint brushes needed! Head over to Suraj's awesome video to learn his techniques. I was motivated to create my first palette knife painting after watching his vids.
If you're looking for new techniques to apply to your abstract works, then why not learn to art of spray painting! Head over to this article to learn techniques, tips and the most important things you need to know about using spray paint in art.
Using watercolor paint is another great media to work with in abstract painting. You can make an entire painting with watercolors alone or you can mix them with other paints in mixed media style art. Head over to this tutorial to learn the basics on how to create an abstract watercolor piece.
Gouache paint is a great medium to create any abstract with. Gouache paint is essentially a perfect combination between watercolor and acrylic paints. It's thin and flows like watercolors, with the opaqueness of acrylics. It also dries completely matte, which is a unique quality of gouache paints. The end result is creamy, smooth, streak-free paint application that looks almost digital.
There's no doubt that color can transmit an energy and a mood. There' s science that backs that up too! If you you're aiming to paint a piece that induces good vibrations and a cheerful mood, then pick lots of fun and vibrant, punchy colors. Like this beautiful piece by Carly Wigger.
First let loose and paint matching abstract backgrounds on small square canvases. Then write some meaningful words overtop, with the art of lettering. If you follow a faith you can even write some religious/spiritual sayings. Faiza Ashraf, the talented artists behind these creations, hand lettered some meaningful words in Arabic. The words from left to right: Iman- Faith, Sabr - Patience, Hubb- Love, Shukr- Gratitude.
Moving luscious thick acrylic paint across a canvas with a palette knife can be a very satisfying experience for the senses. Check the tips in this post to learn how you can create your own palette knife abstract painting.
If you have a favorite place or scene that means something to you, why not capture it in your next abstract piece. My favorite places are the forest and the night sky, so I married the two in 1 painting.
You don't have to have an ounce of painting experience to create this abstract painting. Check out this tutorial to learn how strategic placement of painters tape and basic acrylic paints can result in professional looking masterpieces.
If you're looking for a fun and easy abstract painting idea for kids then you'll love this idea. Erin will guide you through her awesome tutorial and show you how to create this Pollock inspired art with simple liquid watercolors, paper and a straw.
In this tutorial you'll learn how to create a vibrant abstract "watercolor paint-splotch" background using acrylic paints. Then you'll learn how to paint an abstracted version of a horse with only black and white paints.
One big aspect of abstract painting is picking the right color palette. If you want some hand picked fresh color palette ideas, along with the paint mixture recipes, head on over to this great resource.
Learn how to paint this stunning square canvas abstract painting that would look perfect in a living room. You will learn how to recreate every splatter, splotch and fluid paint stroke with detailed step by step instruction.
This large DIY abstract painting is easy for any beginner to tackle. Watch this detailed video to learn how to use painters tape and other techniques to create this stunner. This vertical large canvas would look great in a living room, bedroom or any wall where a large canvas would fit.
If you're looking to learn some new acrylic painting techniques to add to your abstract paintings, then you'll want to go through this list of 47 different ones. Learn texture, glazing, etching, palette knife techniques and more.