It's disheartening to witness how deep limiting beliefs have their claws dug inside people.
Over the years, I've heard so many people claim, "I can't do art."
Through my experience in childcare and various schools, I've seen so many kids break down into tears, heartbroken because their art "doesn't look right" since it doesn't resemble someone else's.
Abstract art is the perfect medium for exploring your creativity and pushing past your self-imposed limitations.
In abstract art, there are no rules about what the final product should look like, so you're free to experiment and express yourself in whatever way you choose.
How to Get Started with Abstract Art
Lots of people love abstract art, but many are convinced it's only for abstract artists.
The great thing about abstract art is that anyone can do it; there's no need to be a professional abstract artist.
Although many contemporary artists create abstract artwork, you don't need years of formal training or a vast collection of expensive supplies.
All you need is a willingness to experiment and the drive to keep creating.
Whether you're a complete beginner or you've been dabbling in traditional artwork for years, these tips will help you take your art in a new, exciting direction.
Use whatever materials you have on hand.
Don't worry about using the "right" supplies.
If all you have is a pencil and some paper, that's perfectly fine, or you can work on an acrylic painting.
The important thing is to get started and to keep going.
As you experiment and explore, you'll start to develop a feel for the materials that you prefer to work with.
If you're stuck, here are a few suggestions to get you started:
- Colored pencils
- Oil paints
- Collage materials
- Digital art media
You can create an abstract painting, drawing, sculpture, and so much more!
Remember that any media is fair game for DIY abstract art, so follow your creativity and see where it leads you!
Experiment with Different Mediums
One of the great things about abstract art is that there are no rules.
You can use any medium you want, and you can combine different mediums to create unique textures and effects.
If you're new to abstract art, we recommend starting with pencils, markers, or paint.
But don't be afraid to branch out and try something new.
Charcoal, crayons, and even food coloring can be used to create beautiful abstract masterpieces.
Have fun creating abstract paintings with oil paint, or use bold paint colors, acrylic paint, and painter's tape to create a resist painting.
Painting abstract art using brush strokes, a palette knife, or even a paint pour can produce phenomenal abstract pieces.
If you don't feel confident as an abstract painter, even simple art supplies like dot markers can make such a statement; abstract art doesn't have to be complicated.
Anything can work beautifully with abstract art, regardless of whether its 2-D, 3-D, or digital, so have lots of fun with your abstract work!
Start with Basic Shapes
Another great thing about abstract art is that you don't have to start from scratch.
Staring at a blank canvas or piece of paper can feel overwhelming.
If you're feeling stuck, try using basic shapes as a jumping-off point for your creations.
Circles, squares, triangles, and other geometric shapes can be combined in endless ways to create interesting compositions.
Once you've got the hang of using shapes, you can start experimenting with free-form lines and organic forms.
Play with Color
Color is one of the most important elements of any piece of abstract art.
When choosing colors for your painting, drawing, or collage, think about the mood you're trying to create and the messages you want to convey.
Warm colors like red and orange tend to evoke feelings of happiness and excitement, while cool colors like blue and purple can create a sense of calmness or serenity.
Neutrals like black, white, and gray can be used to add contrast or balance to a piece.
Remember, there are no wrong answers when it comes to color theory, so don't be afraid to experiment and play!
Creating Abstract Art
One of the most important things to remember is that there are no rules in abstract art, so let go of your preconceived notions about art.
If you've been holding onto the belief that art is only about creating realistic representations of the world or that you have to be a professional artist, it's time to let that go.
In abstract art, there is no "right" or "wrong" way to do things.
The only objective is to create something that resonates with you on a personal level.
This is your chance to let your creativity run wild.
So, go ahead and experiment!
The more you create, the better you'll get at it.
Just like with anything else in life, practice makes progress.
So keep at it, and pretty soon you'll be surprised at what you're able to create.
Trust Your Instincts
If something feels right, go with it.
Follow your intuition and see where it takes you.
The more you create, the better you'll get a sensing what looks good and what doesn't.
So, don't be scared to experiment.
Abstract art is all about letting your creativity flow freely without worrying about making mistakes.
There are no mistakes in abstract art, only happy accidents waiting to happen!
So, let go of judgment and your harsh, inner critic, and allow yourself to create freely and without restraint.
Let Go of Perfectionism and Be Fearless
One of the biggest obstacles standing in the way of creating great abstract art, and art in general, is perfectionism.
It's important to remember that there are no "right" or "wrong" answers in abstract art, so don't worry if your work isn't looking exactly the way you intended it too.
The whole point of abstract art is that it's open to interpretation, so allow yourself to make mistakes and see where they take you.
Even if you're unsure about your art, someone else may see it as a beautiful painting, stunning sculpture, or delightful drawing.
Don't be afraid to experiment and try new things because abstract art is all about pushing boundaries and breaking "the rules."
Go ahead and let your creativity run wild!
Abstract Art is Your Friend
Abstract art is a great way to explore your creativity and push past self-imposed limitations.
Anyone can do it; all you need is a willingness to experiment and the drive to keep creating.
Use whatever materials you have on hand and see where your inspiration takes you.
Abstract art is a great way to exercise your creativity without having to worry about following any rules or guidelines.
Trust your instincts, practice often, and don't be afraid to experiment.
The more you create, the better you'll get at it.
You'll be surprised at what you can achieve when you give yourself the opportunity.
Shake off your old limiting beliefs and allow yourself the freedom of creative expression with abstract art!
Remember, there are no rules in abstract art, so let your imagination run wild and see where it takes you!
If you want to learn more about creating abstract art, check out Clair Bremner's video!
I find abstract art to be extremely enjoyable and freeing.
If you'd like to see artwork I've made, you can find some at Redbubble, TeePublic, and TeeSpring.
Want ideas for which color palette to use in your new abstract art?
Head on over to our color guides on the color wheel, color theory color schemes, and finding the perfect color scheme!
If you feel stuck and need help getting motivated, you can also check out our article on the best crystals for motivation.
Have fun, stay creative, and trust yourself! You're capable of amazing things!