How to create a simple, yet beautiful abstract watercolor painting

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An abstract watercolor painting is a lot of fun. The good thing about it is that you don’t have to worry about complicated art concepts, and you can let your creativity run free. And yet you can still paint abstract watercolor pictures to familiarize yourself with the paint medium.

If you prefer not to paint naturalistic paintings at first, you will love this tutorial. The following idea should encourage you to practice and be open to new styles.

Creating an abstract watercolor painting: The material

Watercolor artists use many different materials to put their pictures on paper. However, for our motif, you only need a small selection of materials. Most of the materials you will probably already have at home.

You will need this to paint the same subject:

  • Watercolor paper
  • Watercolor paint in light blue, black and white
  • A larger and a fine watercolor brush
  • A white, opaque marker
  • Water
  • Adhesive tape, transparent or opaque
  • Pencil

How to paint an abstract watercolor pattern yourself

If you want to paint abstract watercolor pictures, there are no limits. Abstract means that the motif is not figurative, i.e., it has no reference to a real, natural object.

We have decided to spice up an abstract watercolor background a little. With simple means, we have created a scene at dusk. Seen in this light, the instructions for the following motif are more semi-abstract than entirely abstract. Nevertheless, we placed a low value on a naturalistic painting style.

Step 1

First, mark an isosceles triangle with a pencil on your drawing paper.

Step 2

Cover the outlines of the shape of the triangle with adhesive tape. This way, you can concentrate on painting the area without worrying about painting over the lines. Once the design is finished, remove the tape and erase the pencil lines.

Step 3

Mix a light blue tone. Use a lot of water for the first layer to create a light blue background. Paint the surface evenly with this light blue and let the paint dry.

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Step 4

Now enhance the blue tone by adding more pigment to your color mixture. You should avoid adding water to increase the color intensity. The color gradient decreases in power from top to bottom.

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Allow the gradient to dry completely before proceeding to step 5.

Step 5

Now draw a motif of your choice on the gradient. Our forest scene can inspire you at dusk. A few trees and power poles and you are ready to paint. You can also directly pick up the paintbrush and paint on the motif of your choice if you think you are up to it.

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Step 6

With a fine watercolor brush, the scene is now painted on. The dark trees in the foreground contrast beautifully with the gradient, which now looks like a sky. Several dark birds emphasize the impression of the sky.

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Let your motif dry completely.

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Now carefully remove the adhesive tape and erase the pencil marks of the triangle.

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Step 8

In the last step, a white maker is used to add the moon and the stars. The color gradient is beautifully suited to represent the time at twilight.

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