Here is a very quick exercise in painting abstract roses. You will need around 30 minutes plus drying time for this.
To make the artwork you will need:
- Acrylic paints in white, red, blue and yellow. If your budget is limited, you can use any red, blue or yellow you have on hand however, a cool red gives a lovely colour for roses.
- Flat plastic spatula or palette knife, available at art shops (usually in a multi-pack.)
- Large brush
- A canvas in whatever size you like
- plastic jar for water
- rags to mop up spills
- Paint the primed canvas with a background mixture of white with a small dot of yellow. This gives a lovely glow to the finished work. Allow to dry.
- Make up a mixture of red with very small dots of blue and yellow added.
- If all this mixing sounds confusing, you can do your own thing with making colours.
- Paint the canvas with this mixture as an undercoat and allow to dry for at least 1 hour.
- When completely dry, mix up some white with a very small amount of yellow (this should look almost white) and apply over the red canvas.
- While still wet, scrape swirls into the canvas using the side of the spatula and turning it to get some different qualities of line. Allow some of the swirls to fall off the edge of the canvas. This will allow the red undercoat to show.
- Do not fuss or draw back into the swirls. Make your first mark the only one.
- Allow to dry.
Below is a work done my Naomi Middelmann using the same process.
Go forth, forget about the outcome, enjoy the process and you will make a fine artwork!