Abstract Acrylic Painting Effects & Tricks

This video shows a wide range of techniques and tools for creating abstract paintings in acrylic paint.

You’ll see how to create many visual effects in acrylic paint like how to achieve various types of textures, lines, strokes, and other unconventional tools.

All of these techniques can be used to create a visual language to create abstract paintings. Demo by Art Prof Clara Lieu.

Art Supplies

  • Flat Brush
  • Varying pressure in a brush
  • Fan brush
  • Stippling
  • Toothbrush
  • Finger painting
  • Matte medium
  • Sponges
  • Saran wrap
  • Bubble wrap
  • Aluminum foil
  • Yarn & Twine
  • “Expressive brushstrokes”
  • Painting a gradient
  • Pantyhose
  • Q-Tips
  • Pom Poms
  • Cardboard
  • Tree branches
  • Scratching tools
  • Plastic fork
  • Plastic knife
  • Comb
  • Back end of a brush
  • Sculpture tools
  • Glazing with matte medium
  • Palette Knives
  • Coarse Pumice Gel
  • Squeezing from the tube
  • Glass Bead Gel
  • Heavy Gel Matte
  • Coffee Grounds
  • Heavy Gel Matte for Piping
  • Pastry Bag
  • Piping
  • Stencils
  • Tape

Emily’s Tips

I’ve only been making art for a couple years, so I would rather go through several more awkward, ugly, or experimental phases for several more years.

Printmaking tutorials

This is for the sake of my own development than settle right away into what people think I should do to please the highest number of people.

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Other supplies

  • aluminum foil
  • saran wrap
  • panty hose
  • bubble wrap
  • cheese cloth
  • paper towels
  • cardboard toilet paper tube
  • sponges
  • comb
  • plastic fork & knife
  • plastic condiment cup containers
  • sandpaper
  • popsicle sticks
  • yarn, twine
  • Q-tips
  • pom poms
  • toothbrush
  • corrugated cardboard
  • coffee grounds
  • kosher salt
  • straw
  • tree branch

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