Welcome to an artistic adventure where chaos meets creativity. In this blog post, we'll dive into the world of abstract watercolor urban landscapes. Get ready for a mesmerizing journey as we explore an unnarrated video demonstration (it's below the four tips and only visible for paid members) that showcases the creation of a loose and expressive cityscape using watercolors.
Before we jump into the tips for painting abstract watercolor landscapes, let's take a quick look at the materials used in this project. Here's what you'll need:
- Watercolor Paints: Choose a palette of your favorite watercolor paints. Opt for vibrant and expressive colors to add life to your urban landscape.
- Watercolor Brushes: Embrace unconventional brushes like flat mops, fan brushes, or even toothbrushes to create unique textures and effects.
- Watercolor Paper: Select a high-quality watercolor paper that can handle the application of wet washes and layers without warping.
- Water Containers: Have a few water containers on hand to keep your brushes clean and for mixing washes.
- Palette: A palette for mixing and diluting your watercolors is essential. You can use a traditional palette or even a white ceramic plate.
- Paper Towels: Keep some paper towels or sponges nearby for blotting and lifting color.
Here's an article that covers more info about the exact watercolor materials, brands, hues and such that I use and highly recommend for all levels.
Now, let's dive into the heart of the matter - the four tips for painting abstract watercolor landscapes.
Here are four easy tips you can try to loosen up your watercolor landscapes. Be patient! Don't expect amazing results right away but instead, stay the course and you will start to see the difference!
Tip 1: Embrace Unconventional Brushes
Abstract art often thrives on experimentation. Instead of relying solely on traditional brushes, try using unconventional tools like flat mops, palette knives, or even your fingers. These tools can create exciting textures and mark-making possibilities that breathe life into your urban landscape.
Tip 2: Paint Without a Layout Drawing
In traditional watercolor, precise sketches and outlines are common. However, when painting abstract, set your drawing aside. Embrace the unpredictability of the paint by letting it flow freely on your paper. Allow shapes and forms to emerge organically as you build your cityscape.
Tip 3: Work Quickly and Allow Mistakes to Happen
Abstract painting often thrives on spontaneity. Work quickly, especially when applying wet washes. Don't fret over mistakes; instead, see them as opportunities. Mistakes can lead to beautiful, unexpected outcomes that add character to your urban landscape.
Tip 4: Don't Try to Fix All Imperfections
Perfection is not the goal in abstract art. Embrace imperfections, and don't feel compelled to fix every little detail. Sometimes, the beauty lies in the unfinished, the asymmetrical, and the raw.
Let's have a look at the video demo
Below is a video where I paint the piece from start to finish. It's only available for paid members.