Supplies used: 
Collage bits 
18" x 24" Paper
Acrylic Paints
Paint Brushes
Palette Knife 
Water Soluble Crayons 


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I LOVE a good abstract painting, but always feel a little like "what the heck and I doing" when I get started.  I wanted to create an exercise that gave you a  starting point for jumping into painting an abstract piece.  I hope you feel this does just that!  

To start off you will need to collect a few pieces of collage that have designs on them.  I picked a few pieces with design and a few pieces for color.  Arrange them in a way you like. Use your collage layout to inspire your painting.  Paint your piece using those bits of collage to refer to, changing anything at anytime as you work out your painting.  

Tips for a stronger composition: 

Have a Focal Point 

Keep it simple

Use the Rule of thirds

Have an Odd not Even number of things in your piece.

Add Movement using line, shape, color.  

Don't Divide your work in half by creating a horizon line down the middle.   


Abstract art is a creative interplay between the conscious and the unconscious, with the conscious mind making all the final decisions and in control throughout.  - Lawren Harris

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