How to Paint Abstract Flowers with Mixed Media & Collage

Welcome to this creative journey where we will explore the exciting world of painting abstract flowers using mixed media and collage techniques. Painting abstract flowers is a wonderful way to express your artistic vision, experiment with different materials, and create unique pieces that reflect your personal style.

In this step-by-step guide, we will transform a reject painting into a vibrant and dynamic artwork, incorporating collage elements to add depth and texture. So, let’s dive in and unleash our creativity!

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Abstract flowers video

Below you will find the finished art created in this project. As you can see it’s colorful, crisp and somewhat minimalistic. Since we are using a reject it’s important to keep you colors and brushwork bold! Don’t get fussy and overpaint it! This will only make it more chaotic and we want the new painting to stand out and not blend in.

Step-by-Step Guide for Painting an Abstract Flower

Now it’s time to create our loose, expressive floral using an inferior painting. This is a lot fun and very rewarding! Let’s get started with the video below and then we will recap the main ideas shared in the step-by-step guide below it.

Step 1; Start with a Reject Painting

Before we begin our abstract flower painting, you’ll need a reject painting or any canvas with an existing artwork that you’re willing to paint over. This adds an element of surprise and allows us to recycle old materials, giving them a new life. Ensure that the canvas is clean and free from any dirt or debris before starting.

Add Collage Border around All Four Edges

To create an intriguing and visually appealing composition, we’ll start by adding a collage border around all four edges of the canvas. Gather an assortment of patterned papers, old book pages, magazine cutouts, or any materials you find interesting.

Tear or cut these pieces into various shapes and sizes, and adhere them using a collage medium or a mixture of white glue and water. Overlapping and layering the pieces will add depth and dimension to the artwork.

Use Thick Red Acrylic Paint Straight from Tube for Flowers with a Little Bit of Yellow

For our abstract flowers, we’ll use thick red acrylic paint straight from the tube to create bold and vibrant blooms. Apply the red paint using a palette knife or a brush, and experiment with different strokes and textures to add variety. To add dimension and contrast, mix a little bit of yellow paint into the red, and apply it strategically to some areas of the flowers.

Add a Gray Vase with a Few Thin Blue Stripes for Some Details

Next, we’ll incorporate a gray vase to ground our abstract flowers and give them a context. Mix gray paint using black and white acrylics or use a pre-mixed gray shade from your collection.

Paint the vase’s shape, size, and placement according to your preference. To add interest, create thin blue stripes around the vase, mimicking the appearance of glass or ceramics. This touch of detail will make the vase pop and add a dynamic element to the composition.

How to Paint Abstract Flowers with Mixed Media & Collage
Red bloomers by Robert Joyner

Finish the Piece with Adding Green Stems and a Few Leaves

Now that we have our vibrant flowers and vase in place, it’s time to add some green stems and leaves to complete the painting. Use a brush to paint organic, curvy lines for the stems, connecting the flowers to the vase or floating freely around them.

Here’s a great guide on how to mix acrylic paint!

Experiment with different shades of green to achieve a more natural and lively look. For the leaves, you can use a combination of solid paint shapes and collage elements, layering them strategically for added depth.


Congratulations! You’ve successfully created a stunning abstract flower painting using mixed media and collage techniques. Embrace the creative freedom that abstract art provides and remember that there are no rules when it comes to expressing yourself through art. Each artwork is a journey of exploration and self-discovery, so don’t be afraid to experiment, make mistakes, and push your boundaries.

As you continue your artistic journey, feel free to explore various color palettes, textures, and materials. Abstract flower painting with mixed media and collage allows you to infuse your personality and experiences into your art, making each piece a reflection of your unique perspective on the world.

So, set up your easel, gather your materials, and let your imagination run wild as you immerse yourself in the beauty of abstract flower painting! Happy creating!