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Create Abstract Art in Pastel, Acrylic, and Watercolor: 3 Must-Watch Videos!

Create exciting abstract art with video workshops from Debora Stewart, Chris Cozen, and Betsy Dillard Stroud

Debora Stewart painting with pastels in the “Abstract Art for the Absolute Beginner” video workshop

If you’ve always wanted to create abstract art, dive in with these popular videos and set yourself free! Begin your journey with “Abstract Art for the Absolute Beginner,” with Debora Stewart. You’ll gain tools for abstract compositions as well as effective color strategies. The, see a full step-by-step demonstration with pastels!

Next, explore Chris Cozen‘s two-part video “Abstract Art Explorations: 17 Acrylic Painting Techniques.” You’ll learn about a range of unique techniques, surfaces, and textures available to acrylic artists. By the end of this video, you’ll be able to put it all together to create exciting patterns, shapes, and compositions.

Wrap things up by abandoning expectations! Watch a start-to-finish painting demonstration by the great Betsy Dillard Stroud in “Intuitive Art: Poured Paintings.” Give up control and let the paint do the work! Betsy shows you her technique of starting a painting with a watercolor pour. Watercolor, gouache, acrylic, stamping, and collage bring the painting together into a harmonious whole! This exercise is challenging and fun, as well as guaranteed to end with a totally unique painting every time.

1. Begin With Composition and Color

Discover how freeing abstract art can be! If you’ve wanted to create abstract art, “Abstract Art for the Absolute Beginner” with Debora Stewart will show you the way. Learn to find abstract compositions in your photos and drawings with a viewfinder. Then, practice color mixing to translate sketches into exciting color combinations. With a final step-by-step painting demonstration in pastel, you’ll put these lessons together into an energetic abstract painting.

2. Experiment With Surfaces and Patterns

In this two-part video, “Abstract Art Explorations: 17 Acrylic Painting Techniques,” Chris Cozen shares her love of color, texture, and improvisation. First, you’ll learn painting techniques using paper, synthetic surfaces such as Tyvek, and gessoes and gels. As you work, you’ll learn how different surfaces react to acrylic paint with Chris’s tips. In part two, you’ll explore adding texture, such as using color to create visual patterns. Plus, discover layering with stencils and stamps, building a collage with torn paper, and more.

3. Try Pouring Paint!

Free your creative spirit and follow your intuition! In this video workshop “Intuitive Art: Poured Paintings,” with Betsy Dillard Stroud, you’ll do just that. Discover the freedom as well as the fun of starting a painting with poured color. Then, see how to work with combinations of mediums, such as mixing acrylic watercolor. As you continue to follow the in-depth painting demo, you’ll learn valuable principles of color harmony as well as composition.

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