Abstract Acrylic Painting Compositions

See how to begin and develop an abstract painting composition with acrylic paints, starting with collage as a prompt,  from beginning to end. This video demos the process of how to come up with an idea for an abstract painting, determining the tools and techniques to be used, and how to layer and push the painting to a full finish. With demo by Art Prof Clara Lieu & Teaching Artist Lauryn Welch.

Video Walkthrough

  • Abstract Prompts
  • Using collage as a starting point for a painting.
  • Reacting to the colors and shapes in the collage with paint.
  • Layering transparent paint
  • Features of heavy body acrylics
  • Acrylic paints have a range of thicknesses and opacity.
  • Adding texture and sheen with glitter to the acrylic paint.
  • Acrylic colors that are inherently opaque.
  • Using acrylic gel medium as an adhesive for collage.
  • Acrylic matte medium creates a very different experience with your painting surface.
  • Mod Podge for collage

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