What color should I use for my abstract painting?

Unlike what others think of, making an abstract art is not that easy! Though putting some paints to the ground may not take that very long, creating an image itself can be a far more time consuming activity.

So let’s get into short look into one aspect of abstract work and that is the use of color as part of the abstract succession.

Here are some of the elements parts of utilizing color for you abstract art:

  • Tone
  • The color and its combination
  • Color balance

1. Tone

This could illustrate important elements like the contrast, distance, loudness, and texture. What you can do is to carry a small hardbound watercolor paper book, a tiny container of black watercolor (two plastic bottle tops of different size so that one can fit into the other), a little watertight screw top container filled with clean water, and a small paint brush (an old fairy fine sable with most of the wooden part cut off and sanded smooth). Look for any of the said elements like for example the “contrast”. After finding something that could contrast with another, try painting the contrast without essentially illustrating anything since you are just trying to create a contrasting relationship.

2. The color and its combination

In my case, it takes lifetime for me to study this. But the basic sections include tints, harmony, disharmony, complimentary, and combination’s. I refer to the book, color pot, water bottle and brush only during this time rather of the pot that only has black, get a pot with medium cadmium yellow, crimson, and cobalt blue and nothing more. This is one of the most exciting exercises you will ever carry out since it will force you to mix these colors to create all other colors and don’t forget to use the white of the paper for white. Search for a visual that applies to one of the sections I have mentioned earlier and look to find varieties of tints. Observe how natures compliment colors very particularly and take note of these. Try and get hold of a personal understanding of what you see as harmonious and disharmonious hues.

3. Color balance

I already mentioned harmony, now let me discuss complementary colors. Now, we are entering the scientific world of color theory, and we need to take note of the particular combination’s like red and green, orange and blue, yellow and purple. You should be very careful when using the complimentary combination’s. Decide on what you think your viewer would likely to experience. For example, you could give them a headache and even result to a migraine if you mix two strong colors. Why not try another color combination? If you will experiment one of the colors like, for example, adding a bit of white or black, you will find out that the other color is becoming louder and bolder. Another experiment you could do is adding a third color like for instance green and red separately by a line of black, orange and blue separately by a line of deep red. Try also other combination’s for yourself and never forget to make a note of what you just did.

By doing these experimentation, see how the colors differ form each other. If you try adding or decreasing the area of one color. Different textures will also add another color.

When applying paint, be fearless and bold even in producing something delicate!

Lastly, if you decided to do some experimentation, always finish what you have started. And if you really want to become successful, always paint, when you feel lonely, sad, frustrated-paint, when you are ill-paint, and when you feel you are not like painting-paint! Never stop painting. If you always paint, time will come that you cannot stop yourself anymore from painting.

Try these tips to your abstract paintings and see the results. Take note, abstract art paintings are catching viewer’s attention not just only because of its shapes but also because of its color combination.

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