Abstract Art Making: A Daily Practice
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Restore your creative energy with Portland, Oregon artist and educator Abby Houston! This daily practice leads you on an abstract painting journey that offers a beautiful reset for all creative practices.  One of the tricky parts of art making can be knowing where to start, so Abby takes you through her toolbox of techniques: layering messy marks, adding fine details and personal motifs, all while exploring emerging themes. Working in several sketchbook spreads simultaneously, this daily exploration exposes the magic of being open to transforming mistakes into thoughtfully layered creativity.

Celebrate the last day of the daily practice by joining Abby on January 31, 1pm PT / 4pm ET. Click here to register for this live zoom session.
Here’s what you’ll need:
  • Arteza or Pentalic 4x4 OR 8x8 bound sketchbook or watercolor weight paper
  • Variety of Posca paint pens in various sizes and colors
  • Variety of Molotow paint pens in various sizes and colors
  • Liquitex or Golden brand gesso (white)
  • Canson acrylic painting paper
  • Canson cold press watercolor paper pad - 9x12 preferred
  • Color pencils - Abby prefers Prismacolor or Posca brands
  • Golden high fluid acrylics and fluid acrylics
  • Amsterdam heavy body tube acrylics
  • Sennelier Abstract 3D Liners
  • Fineliner syringe pen or diluted fluid acrylic paint applicator
  • Uniball Signo white ink gel pen and black ink gel pen
  • Scissors
  • Scrap cardboard in various sizes and weights - cereal boxes work well
  • Flexible wedge tool or various styles of Catalyst wedges
  • Various synthetic and foam brushes
  • Jar for water
  • Various found objects to use for circle stencils, such as cans, game boards, or tape rounds
  • Pencils and ball point pens
  • Stabilo wooden crayon sticks and/or wax crayons
  • Mod Podge in matte finish
  • Natural items such as dried flowers, house plants, or sticks and rocks
  • Various wall paints or sample paints
  • Washi or painter's tape
  • Binder clips
  • Unconventional materials such as lids, netting from produce bags, collage pieces
  • Wax paper to prevent pages sticking
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Learn how to:
  • Use simple techniques to get your artwork started
  • Work loosely with acrylic paint and paint paints
  • Layer and layer and layer with texture and color
  • Set parameters to assist your abstract art practice
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Class Reviews
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Gillian Moss
fast paced and very playful
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Corinne Baynes
Amazing class - Inspirationl, practical, fresh and FUN!!!
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it was full of inspiration. Liora
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