Wednesday, February 22, 2017

Stained Glass #1: How to Paint an Acrylic Abstract!

Hello everyone, I hope that you having a fantastic creative week! 
Today, I will be coving how to create an original abstract that would look amazing as a piece of decor in your home or office space. 

Painting an abstract is a lot of fun, because you can be a lot freer with the paint. Since you are not trying to recreate a landscape or urban scene, the focus of the painting is on the shapes and colors that you are using. This means that a beginning artist (even kids) can create a great looking work of art!

Stained Glass #1. Acrylic on Canvas Board, 14x18in. 
Artist Charles Wolf. Impulsive Artistry © 2017.   

Easel or Flat Surface
Drop Cloth
Water Cup
Palette (Cardboard)
Paper Towel
Bright Brush
Flat Wash Brush
Filbert Brush
Canvas Board, 14x18in. 

Acrylic Paint: 
Matte Liquid Medium
Naples Yellow
Naphthol Crimson
Cobalt Blue
Mars Black
Titanium White

How to Paint this Piece: 

To create Stained Glass #1, we will begin with the Mars Black mixed with some water (helps the paint flow better off the brush), drawing triangles across the canvas. 

Pro Tip: if you want the edges to be perfectly straight (something that I didn't worry too much about), use a ruler and a pencil to lightly mark the lines first before you start to paint them with the Mars Black. 

Make sure that none of the sides of your triangles are parallel to the borders of the canvas. We will place pure strips of color on one side  of the shape, and then use Liquid Matte Medium to soften the color to the center. Titanium White applied gently in the middle of each triangle will aid in this effect. Stained Glass #1 is not entirely comprised of triangles, and I think a few rectangles slipped in - but that is part of the fun! You can even have two different colors meet in the center of a larger shape, which will add dynamic interest to the work. 

When you create your own version of the piece, feel free to use any shape that you want, circles, squares, octagons, whatever... :  ) 

Time-Lapse Painting Video: 

Stained Glass #1. Time-Lapse Video with Instructions. 
Artist Charles Wolf. Impulsive Artistry © 2017.

Full-Length Painting Lesson: 

Stained Glass #1. Full-Length Painting Lesson. 
Artist Charles Wolf. Impulsive Artistry © 2017.

Buy this Painting:

$120. Stained Glass #1. Acrylic on Canvas Board, 14x18in. 
Artist Charles Wolf. Impulsive Artistry © 2017. 

Do you like this painting? You can purchase this original piece of art at my Etsy Shop right now! This work is painted on canvas board, which can be hung in a normal picture frame!  

Sunrise Photo Contest: 

This photo contest can be found on the 

—The winning photo will be featured in a special bonus blog post here on Impulsive Artistry!

To Enter: 

—Attach your best original photograph of a sunrise in the comments section of the Contest Facebook Post (link below)!

—Caption your photo when you attach it on the Facebook Page: 
your name, photo name, and photo location. 

—Only one photo entry per person please.

—Share this blog post!

—Entries accepted until 3/1/17!

(All photos must be family friendly!)

Final Thoughts:

Phew, that was a long blog post! Let me know in the comment section below, on Twitter, or at the Impulsive Artistry Facebook Page what you think of my latest abstract painting - I would love to hear from you! 

As always, have a fantastic creative week,


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