Get Started with Painting Ep. 6 – Paint Abstract


In today’s tutorial our amazing teacher Nikki will walk you through step-by-step how to make an abstract painting.

Nikki only took up painting a few years ago, it is safe to say she is a natural talent!

Whilst learning to paint an abstract artwork might sound intimidating, you are not to worry Nikki will talk you through every step whilst showing you how it is done!

What you’ll need:

  • Canvas of any size
  • Some paint colours
  • A paintbrush




  • Ensure you have a number of colours that are similar with some contrasting ones.
  • Using a big brush start off by putting some white paint on the canvas, gently brush all over using up and down motions. This will set the basis for you abstract painting.


  • Start off by mixing some green and blue.
  • Using your brush start of by using the mixed shade to paint a horizontal a line on the top third of you canvas.
  • Gently brush that line out using the same motion and make the line larger, this will form the horizon.
  • Using some dark go blue go over the top part part of your line painting a thing line.
  • Using a darker shade of green go over the top and bottom of colour on your canvas using horizontal strokes.
  • To blend you can use some little vertical strokes in the meeting of the two colours and the again go over it with horizontal strokes. 

Tip: dip your brush gently in the water to help move the colour the way you want it. 


  • Rinse your brush and gently mix some black and white creating a dark grey shade.
  • Using the black paint make a line at the bottom end of the tuquoise paint and slowly extend it towards the bottom of your canvas.
  • You can use draw from the blue paint above the black and bring it down to mix. 
  • Keep adding water to your brush and painting downwards. You want to have a darkness on the bottom half of your canvas.
  • Keep using water to draw out the paint, avoid using more colour. Continue stroking the brush horizontally and vertically.


  • Using a light grey or silver paint, start painting over the white part left on the top of the canvas.
  • Using the brush add some pressure on your strokes moving the brush from side to side. If the green is looking a bit harsh you can slightly go over it and blend it with the lighter paint.


  • Moving back to the darker bottom half of the canvas use white paint and gently start making strokes going down vertically. 
  • Try not to overpower by painting with white paint start with a little and add more as you go. 
  • Go in and make some horizontal strokes going over with vertical ones.

Tip: use water to make blending and mix easier, this will only make your abstract painting look more real.


  • Start of rising your brush and mixing your blue and green colours.
  • Start by making small strokes going downwards in the middle of your canvas where the darkest point is. 
  • It is a lot of colour layering and adding to your canvas
  • By making strokes horizontally and vertically you should start to see harsh lines disappear.
  • You can even make circular motions to bring colours out from underneath.

Tip: channel your creativity and most importantly have fun with it!

Step 7:

  • Go in and make a shade of grey using black and white.
  • Gently start adding the colour just below the green shade of your canvas 
  • This should darken up the middle park of your artwork. 
  • Using brush strokes and motions draw out the colour, you should want to push and pull the colour as done so by Nikki.
  • Always remember to use more water and be mindful to not cover the whole canvas with grey
  • You can use more blue or green and go over the grey, you can be daring by mixing colours on the canvas!


  • In the areas that you feel need depth you can go in with some black paint. 
  • Add a little black and pull it down pushing your brush towards the bottom of the canvas. 
  • To blend colours go up and down and across and back!
  • You can now add some contrast colours on the horizon and remember to keep blending and painting!
Your abstract painting should be all done!

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