In Zen Abstracts, you will be given the tools and knowledge to learn this intuitive approach to layered mixed media abstract painting. Step by step, I will guide you through the process of understanding the properties of each of the mediums we will be using and how they interact with one another. With this knowledge there is a wide space to experiment, giving you the freedom to take risks with your art without fear of consequence.
A full understanding of these forgiving attributes can be incredibly liberating to your practice and allow you the ability to let go and free yourself from the paralysis often experienced by even the most seasoned of artists. I’m honored to have you on this journey with me and can't wait for you to join the course!
Our main lessons will focus on the techniques I use when creating an abstract zen painting. We will explore alcohol inks and their unique properties. This lesson will also have a brief segment on color theory to help you as you choose colors for your paintings. Next, I will show you how to soften the palette with translucent pearl paint. We will add richness and character to the piece with watercolor crayons and colored pencil. I will discuss my favorite tools I use to add texture to the canvas with texture paste.
We will spread the first layer of color onto our canvas and I will demonstrate a pooling technique using rubbing alcohol to mix the ink and create texture with a low speed blow dryer. This is such a beautiful, and freeing process! After you have explored the previous steps, it is time to choose a light colored acrylic paint to thickly spread over the canvas. We will utilize a water pressure technique to build up large 3D mounds of paint onto the canvas.
There are several factors that create the composition of a piece of abstract art; line, texture, shape, form, color and value. For the purpose of this lesson we will be discussing the arrangement of elements on the canvas. Finally, in our last lesson, we will add any last final touches and then onto varnishing. We will also discuss the sense you should feel when a piece is finished and a camera trick that can be used to see the canvas with fresh eyes and note if any adjustments need to be made.
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