How to create abstract art with everyday objects

How to create abstract art with everyday objects

Today, I want to share with you one of my favorite creative processes: making abstract art with everyday objects. As an abstract artist, I find beauty and inspiration in the ordinary, and I'm excited to show you how you can too.

Found objects can make for great artistic mediums!

Here are some examples of everyday objects you can use to create stunning abstract art:

  1. Kitchen utensils: Raid your kitchen drawers for items like forks, spoons, and knives. Dip them in paint and use them to make interesting textures and patterns on your canvas. You'll be amazed at the unique marks they can create.

  1. Bubble wrap: Don't throw away that bubble wrap from your latest package! Instead, spread some paint on it and press it onto your canvas. The bubbles will leave behind fascinating patterns and textures, adding depth to your artwork.

Bubble wrap: fun to pop, but can also be used for interesting paint textures!
  1. Cardboard tubes: Those cardboard tubes from paper towels or toilet paper can be transformed into handy paintbrushes. Squeeze them into different shapes, dip them in paint, and experiment with stamping or swirling motions to create dynamic effects on your canvas.

Corrugated cardboard tubes aren't just for packaging!
  1. Sponges: Cut up old kitchen sponges or makeup sponges into various shapes and sizes. Dip them in paint and dab them onto your canvas to achieve soft, blended backgrounds or intricate details.

Sponges of all different types and textures. Perfect vessels for paint!
  1. String and yarn: Lay down strips of string or yarn on your canvas and paint over them. When you lift them off, you'll reveal captivating lines and negative spaces. You can also dip the string directly into paint and drag it across the canvas for a more controlled approach.

Yarn, not just for embroidery, also a great way to get paint on a canvas!
  1. Leaves and flowers: Take a nature walk and collect leaves, flowers, or branches. Lay them on your canvas and paint over them, then gently remove them to reveal organic shapes and textures. This technique can add a touch of the outdoors to your artwork.

Floral collages are timeless

Now that you have some ideas for materials, here's how to put them to use:

  • Experimentation is key! Don't be afraid to try different techniques and combinations of objects to see what works best for you.
  • Embrace spontaneity and let go of expectations. Abstract art is all about expressing yourself freely without worrying about making something realistic.
  • Play with color, texture, and composition to create visual interest and evoke emotions in your viewers.
  • Step back and observe your work from different angles to appreciate the layers and depth you've created.
  • Remember that there are no rules in abstract art—trust your instincts and enjoy the process of creation.
Claire's abstract paint designs on dining plates

I hope this guide inspires you to look at everyday objects in a new light and unleash your creativity onto the canvas. Remember, the beauty of abstract art lies in its ability to spark imagination and interpretation. So go ahead, grab those household items, and let your imagination run wild!

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