2015 Topic 21: Abstract Art
by Amy Longcope, "Virtue"
Before we start, let's see who won the Topic 20: Triptychs Challenge...
Hi, Darcy here. Well '3 is the magic number' or so it seems. I love things in 3's myself and the triptychs produced have been wonderful. We've had Autumn colours, quirky faces and even some Christmas creeping in. These 3somes really don't look like craft projects but definitely pieces of art. I hope you have them all displayed proudly.
The winner of Triptychs is: Christine from Craftyfield BlogWell done to this week's winner, it's Leandra back to get you fired up with ideas you might like to try over the next 2 weeks.
Please get in touch with Darcy to claim your prize. firstname.lastname@example.org
Dare I say it, November is here, and that means that the year is nearly over! Although if you think that there is still 1/6th of the year left to go, then it sounds a lot longer.
This fantastic abstract topic is for those of you who love random, and having a play. You might need to think a bit about composition, simple use of colour, layers of texture, more than you normally do, and finishing touches are often all about a touch of bling, metallic shine or a glint; Gold or silver leaf sheets, Treasure Gold, Twinkling sparkles from Glitter glues or embossing powders, metal embellishments etc, This is certainly a great opportunity to go back to the gels, mediums, texture pastes, crackles and have some random fun!
by Diana Mulder
In fact, I find the hard part is restricting yourself to work with just a few products and a limited palette until you get the hang of it. With abstract, often simple is best. But, that is just a matter of personal opinion, and for this topic in particular there are no rules, just jump in and have a go and see what happens. If you are a 50 layer kind of creative, then do that! If not, then don't! There are some great videos at the end of this post that might give you a sense of where to start.
My challenge to you is to go LARGE! Pull out those big canvases, choose a colour palette that works in a room of your home, and do something massive to hang o the wall! Come on give it a go! I know you've got this!! Work on the floor with some newspaper down if you have to,work outside...just have a go! It'll be fun.
Here is another piece by Erin Ashley. I adore this kind of abstract with contrasting colours top and bottom, gorgeous texture and subtle depth of shadow and texture. It can't be that hard to do if you start with some grunge paste, layer on some colours, and add more layers on top. Perhaps working with a palette knife too, and I'm thinking some watery washes of colour to accent textures too, perhaps with water soluble crayons. I've been meaning to give this kind of thing a go for some time, and I think its a nice place to start with abstract. You can see at the top of the post I pinned a few others in the same vein.
You can see the rectangle shapes are selected with black pen from the background, then she blocks with contrasting colours the surrounding areas, and adds white and red accents for contrast. Here is another with a circles theme, and again, black, red and white accents on the top layer. This looks so vibrant, and so much fun, but where to start?
Maybe make a painted random background in colours of your choice using paints, stamps etc. Pick a shape for your theme, and then go for it singling out areas of the background with various sizes of your chosen shape. Block out with opaque paints areas of the background, blending into other colours as you go, then start doodling some details on the top in white, black and red.
What about this concept, lots of small pieces of art making up a larger one? Found here.Here are a couple found on a blog post here, but no credit links to the artists which is a bit frustrating.Again, simple layers of paint done with a spatula/ palette knife. I think this might be by MaryAnn Wakeley.
And I adore this with the stunning use of gold by Makoto Fujimura. Opulent.
Ok so how about this for an idea?
And going along similar lines this balloon printing idea found here along with lots of other DIY canvas ideas...
Ok here's another with a touch of bling with gold leaf from Jen Meador who has a gorgeous, delicate colour palette.
Michael Lang is an amazing Abstract artist, his videos are so mesmerising. This one is fabulous. Brilliant how he paints with both hands, one brush to apply the colour, and another to blend out.
Glazing liquid, gels all allow layers to be built gradually. He is using simple shapes and lines, then building shadows and highlights with dark and light. At the latter stages he adds warmth and depth with brighter colours. Also note the use of white to highlight accents to key shapes and design lines. These are all things that you guys do on smaller compositions, or journalling backgrounds, so upsize and go large! Loved the spots, flecks and drips that as we all know as great additions to any background. Did you spot the bubble wrap? This video highlights so well how working layers builds amazing depth.
Here is another video from Michael, look carefully at what he is using; palette knives of all shapes and sizes, a bin lid, set squares, lots of gel medium and squeegee bottles with different size nozzles. It must have taken days to dry before the colour could be added on top! Awesome use of interference and metallic paint layers.
I am really looking forward to seeing what you create over the next 2 weeks!
We'd love you to share your ideas and link up your creativity to this page. Please familiarise yourself with the challenge guidelines below before entering.
All links go in the draw to win a voucher to spend on products of your choice from the PaperArtsy online store. The Abstract Art link will close 17:00 (London Time) Sunday, Nov 22nd , winner will be announced 2 hours later at 19:00.
- a mention of which post inspired you and why, and
- a link in your blog post to that original post on the PA blog.
The whole concept of this challenge is 'play along with us'. You are encouraged to put your own twist on ideas you see on our blog. We love to see how you are inspired and your twist!
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6. You can enter as many times as you like in the fortnight. We don't want to restrict your creativity or participation! Link closes at 17:00 Sunday Nov 22nd (London Time)
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Good Luck! If you have any questions, don't hesitate to ask!