Most of us are not able to create beautiful paintings easily. As a result, too often we give up on painting altogether. However, if you follow a couple of simple painting for beginners rules, you will be able to create a pretty painting even if you can’t draw:
- Stick to abstract designs
- Outline colors and shapes with black paint
We started a series of painting for beginners posts based on these 2 principles. In this post we focus on 5 easy steps for painting abstract fruits for beginners.
Before you start, let’s go over the materials you’ll need. Canvas or white foam board, acrylic paint, brushes, and a mixing palette – all very basic art supplies. I opted for the foam board because I wanted to use these paintings to decorate my bathroom. With the foam board, you can use small suction cups to attach the paintings to the tile. You simply need to make a small hole on the top back side of the painting, between the two ends. Make sure the hole is small enough, so it is not visible on the front side of your painting. Then use the hole to attach the painting to the suction cup and stick it on the tile. Below you can find links to everything you will need, including the suction cups if you want to try out this decoration idea:
Once you have your supplies, it is time to start creating abstract fruits.
1. Start by applying ground color to your canvas or foam board. Choose any color other than shiny white. Paint the entire canvas and let it dry. For more tips on choosing and applying ground colors, check out this very helpful post.
2. Use a flat brush and the base color of the fruit to make spots on your canvas. For example, let’s say you are drawing a pineapple. Use the flat brush and red paint and simply press the brush onto the canvas, making a square-looking spot. Follow the standard shape of the fruit and randomly make spots within this shape.
3. To get a variety of colors, mix creme, white, yellow, or brown (depending on the fruit) with your base color and continue making spots with these new hues. No need to wait for the spots to dry before painting with a new color. Since the paint is fresh, the ends of your color spots will blend and mix.
Going back to our pineapple, you can add a little bit of white to your yellow paint and make spots. Then, add some more white to get an even lighter shade of yellow and apply. Continue by adding a bit of orange to the mix. In the end, the colorful spots should fall within an abstract shape of a pineapple.
4. Draw leaves (if any), depending on the fruit. Mix the green with some of the base colors for your fruit. This will give you a more even transition between the fruit and the leaves. You can use the same brush throughout, as the idea is to blend the colors rather than to have very distinct shades and shapes.
5. Using a thin round brush and black paint, outline the different spots and shades of the fruit. Use the black paint to also trace the overall shape of the fruit. Outline with black paint the spots of color rather than trying to fit the fruit in a particular shape. The idea here is to keep everything very abstract and to avoid straight lines and strict silhouettes.
And voila – your yummy picture is ready!