WetCanvas
Home Member Services Content Areas Tools Info Center WC Partners Shop Help
Channels:
Search for:
in:

Welcome to the WetCanvas forums. You are currently viewing our boards as a guest which gives you limited access to view most discussions, articles and access our other FREE features. By joining our free community you will have access to post topics, communicate privately with other members (PM), respond to polls, upload your own photos and access many other special features. Registration is fast, simple and absolutely free so please, join our community today!

If you have any problems with the registration process or your account login, please visit our help center.

Go Back   WetCanvas > The Learning Center > Composition and Design
User Name
Password
Register Mark Forums Read

Salute to our Partners
WC! Sponsors

Our Sponsors
Reply  
 
Thread Tools Display Modes
  #1   Report Bad Post  
Old 04-18-2018, 06:15 AM
zeropoint zeropoint is offline
Veteran Member
 
Join Date: Aug 2013
Posts: 502
 
Abstract art--finding shapes exercise

I feel like I've seen a hundred exercises along these lines, and yet I can't remember anything but the overall gist.

The gist is that this is an abstract exercise wherein color is put down randomly and then you go back with a different color or medium to circle shapes within the abstract colors.

I want to try variations of this with mixed media (several kinds of ink, watercolor, graphite). I'm hoping to find exercises based off this so I can expand my repertoire.

Does anyone know of any? Thank you.
Reply With Quote
  #2   Report Bad Post  
Old 04-18-2018, 09:54 AM
claude j greengrass's Avatar
claude j greengrass claude j greengrass is offline
Enthusiast
 
Join Date: Jan 2010
Posts: 1,430
 
Re: Abstract art--finding shapes exercise

I too would welcome any contributions to finding abstract shapes.
__________________
It is only on a basis of knowledge that we can become free to compose naturally. -- Bernard Dunstan
blog.jlk.net
Reply With Quote
  #3   Report Bad Post  
Old 05-08-2018, 01:10 AM
JenieJo's Avatar
JenieJo JenieJo is offline
Veteran Member
Agnes Water, Qld
 
Join Date: May 2018
Posts: 505
 
Hails from Australia
Re: Abstract art--finding shapes exercise

Hi,
I do this type of exercise often, usually when I need a break!

The exercise I like most is:
1. put down almost random paint, in three or four colours max. Ensuring there is some overlap. I use acrylic or watercolour mostly.
2. I find lines running across the page and through shapes. I trace these in 2 contrasting colours - often black and white - in different widths.
3. then, I get my full pallette and look for shapes that could become objects - heads, legs, buckets, birds, buildings, ... and use various line options to either highlight the paint already there or recede it.
4. last step involves looking at the whole image to create from connections and contrast on the page.

Hope that helps. Here is one I prepared earlier ... my goal here was to create some type of 360 degree views, and emphasize white.





Jen
Reply With Quote
  #4   Report Bad Post  
Old 05-12-2018, 09:35 AM
IanBertram IanBertram is offline
Senior Member
Wiltshire, UK
 
Join Date: Mar 2012
Posts: 445
 
Hails from United Kingdom
Re: Abstract art--finding shapes exercise

Since I view this sort of thing as a way to 'free up' my markmaking and compositional skills, I generally avoid exercises. I tend to just doodle if I have a pen or pencil. With colour I make some random marks and build on them.

One thing you might try is to put down some colour - acrylic works best I think for this - on a sheet of plastic and then randomly mix them by scratching through, pushing around a little with the edge of a piece of card. Then lay some paper over it all and rub down with the heel of your hand or the back of a spoon. When you lift up the paper your original marks will be transferred to the paper with additional texture created as you separate the paper and the plastic sheet, plus an element of randomness as the colours are pressed together. Leaving some parts of the paint quite thick and other thinner works well.

Mist the plastic sheet with water and repeat. You will get much softer colours because a lot of the paint has been lifted off.

I often place a mat over the print I've made (that is effectively what you have done) and move it around to find compositions. Try it with different size apertures and try rotating the mat at an angle to the paper.

Once you have isolated an image you can either cut it from the sheet and mount it in the mat (as I do) or you can try to scale it up to a larger size, or just treat it as a doodle and a source of further inspiration.

If all else fails you have a source of material for collage!



For more examples look at 'Tiny Art' category in my etsy shop.

Last edited by IanBertram : 05-12-2018 at 09:46 AM. Reason: Adding image
Reply With Quote

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

vB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Forum Jump


All times are GMT -4. The time now is 06:33 AM.


© 2014 F+W All rights reserved.