Abstract Still Life Collage Tutorial

Step into our tutorial as we delve into the world of abstract still life painting with acrylic and collage. Get ready for an hour of creative bliss that will whisk away your worries. Gather your paint, brushes, canvas, and scrap paper, and let’s embark on a journey of artistic expression together. Join me in creating awe-inspiring art and leave your stress behind!

In the world of art, abstract still life paintings offer a fascinating realm of creativity and interpretation. By incorporating mixed media techniques and embracing the expressive qualities of the color red, you can create a captivating and visually striking artwork. In this blog post, we will delve into the process of painting an abstract still life using mixed media, while focusing on the bold and impactful use of the color red.

Here’s How You Can Easily Create a Loose, Abstract Still Life Painting with Collage and Mixed Media

Begin by collecting the necessary materials, including readily available items and handmade collage paper, to embark on your artistic journey.

Handmade and store bought collage paper
Handmade and store bought collage paper

Round up or Create Some Collage Paper

Gathering and creating handmade collage paper adds a unique and personal touch to your artwork. It allows you to incorporate textures, patterns, and colors that are not readily available in pre-made papers. To start, gather various materials such as old magazines, newspapers, tissue papers, handmade papers, scraps of fabric, and other interesting materials.

Explore different techniques like tearing, cutting, layering, and adhering these materials onto a base paper using adhesive or gel medium. Experiment with painting, stamping, stenciling, or adding texture with tools and found objects. This process of making handmade collage paper opens up endless possibilities for creating visually captivating and one-of-a-kind collages that truly reflect your artistic vision.

Adding minimalistic drawing
Adding minimalistic drawing

Finding Balance and Composition

As you work on your abstract still life, consider the principles of composition. Aim for a balanced arrangement of shapes, lines, and colors to create a harmonious and visually pleasing composition. Experiment with asymmetry, negative space, and varying scales of objects to add interest and dynamic tension to your artwork.

Sketch out the idea on your surface but keep the drawing minimalistic. No need for details at this stage.

Setting the Stage

To begin your abstract still life, select a composition that inspires you. Gather a variety of objects with different shapes, textures, and sizes. Consider how these objects can interact with one another to create a visually interesting arrangement. Experiment with various arrangements until you find one that sparks your creativity. Clearly I used a simple still life arrangement but feel free to explore your own ideas.

Embracing Mixed Media

One of the advantages of working with mixed media is the ability to combine different materials and techniques to achieve unique textures and visual effects. Incorporate materials such as acrylic paints, collage elements, charcoal, or pastels to add depth and dimension to your artwork. Explore the interplay between different textures and experiment with layering techniques to create a rich and dynamic surface.

In this project I used crayons, collage and acrylics. However, the beauty of this approach is anything goes. Explore as many materials and ideas as possible.

Harnessing the Power of Red

Red is a color that evokes strong emotions and holds immense visual impact. Use red boldly and strategically in your abstract still life to create focal points, add drama, and draw the viewer’s attention. Experiment with different shades and intensities of red to achieve the desired effect. Consider how red interacts with other colors in your composition and explore the contrast and harmony it creates.

Expressive Brushwork and Mark Making

Abstract painting allows for the freedom of expression through brushwork and mark making. Embrace bold and spontaneous brushstrokes to capture the essence of your still life objects. Experiment with different brush sizes and textures to create a variety of marks that convey movement, energy, and texture. Don’t be afraid to let your intuition guide you as you explore the fluidity and expressiveness of your brushwork.


Painting an abstract still life with mixed media offers a realm of artistic possibilities. By incorporating the bold and vibrant color red, you can create a visually striking and emotionally evocative artwork. Embrace the freedom of expression, experiment with different materials and techniques, and let your imagination soar as you bring your abstract still life to life on the canvas. Embrace the power of red and enjoy the journey of creating an abstract masterpiece that captivates and engages the viewer.

Abstract Still Life Collage Tutorial
Abstract Still Life Collage Tutorial