It can be a fun sometimes to make a painting only from imagination. As a blank canvas can be intimidating, I like to start this kind of painting with an abstract background as it gives a starting point for you imagination to kick off.
Here are the steps you can take to paint a painting from your imagination
You will need:
- A stretched canvas, I used a 12 x 12 inches canvas
- Fluid acrylic gel medium
- a spatula
- Fluid acrylic, I used Golden
- Rubbing alcohol
- A spray bottle of water
- Sharpie white oil marker
- White acrylic, I used Pebeo
- White Sharpie Oil marker
- charcoal, conte pierre noire or Nupastelcolor stick.
- Water resistant acid free markers,I used Sakura Pigma micron markers
Start by establishing an abstract background:
Apply gel medium with a spatula on a 12 x 12 gesso primed canvas.
Then splatter a few drips of fluid acrylic here and there on the wet gel medium.
Spread the gel and fluid acrylic with a spatula and spray a bit of water to help the colors mingle.
The canvas will looks something like this at that point.
To add a bit more texture you can add a few drops of alcohol as well.
I also added a few drops of white fluid acrylic.
Wait for the canvas to dry completely before going to the next steps.
Looking for shapes in the abstract design:
Then the fun part begins, as you have to try to find shapes in the abstract patterns of the canvas. Outline these shapes with charcoal, conte pierre noire or Nupastelcolor stick.
Paint the negative space:
Then block all the negative space with white acrylic paint or any other color you want to use.
Time to add some extra designs and patterns, but first I want to add a bit of complexity to the background.
I want to try a purplish color in the background.
I am painting this mix around my red orange positive shapes on the background.
The purple is too dark for the background but it will make interesting edges around the red shapes.
I am adding another layer of semi transparent white acrylic, the purple still shows at some edges.
I am then painting a very light green wash of fluid acrylics.
Now I will add design, with an oil white marker and with a red marker.
Adding designs and patterns:
You can use markers to add designs, make sure they are water resistant and acid free.
You can get inspiration for your designs in many places, I like to look at zentangle designs.
You can paint with watercolor or fluid acrylic on top of selected areas.
You can use a White Sharpie Oil marker to add designs on top of a darker background.
Add stripes, dots, and any kind of repetitive pattern.
You can also paint over some areas with white acrylic paint to lighten them up.