All levels | 13 min 13 sec
Take an experimental approach to creating abstract art with intuitive painter Flora Bowley. In this quick class, you’ll learn how to use nontraditional “tools” – like Gerber daises, mushrooms, and celery – to make unique marks with acrylic paint. Flora’s teaching style is equal parts eye-opening and fun, and her techniques will help you nurture a curious and open-minded approach to painting with acrylics.
Here’s what you’ll need:
- 8 ½” x 11” paper or cardstock
- Acrylic paint in a variety of colors (Flora uses Golden Fluid and basic craft acrylic paints)
- Palette or palette paper (Flora uses a glass plate on cookie sheet)
- Water container
- Organic materials to paint with, like celery, corn cobs, mushrooms, potatoes, peppers, pine needles, and flowers
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Very interesting. I would think this technique would be great for art journal backgrounds.
May 4, 2023
I have been quilting for many years and lately all the fabric lines are focused on pretty little flowers which lovely is just not appealing to my quilting style. I am just starting to play with doing some dying and printing on PDF fabrics and this gives me a whole bunch of ideas about where to start making interesting textures and marks on fabrics...loved it and has so many applications.
April 2, 2023