How To Create A Minimalist Abstract Painting

design team - julie painting Aug 02, 2021
How make a minimalist abstract painting

 Have you always wanted to dip your toes into the world of abstract painting but didn’t know where to begin? Then this is the perfect tutorial for you! I am going to walk you through a three-step, minimalist abstract painting. In this tutorial, I will show you how to mix colors, shapes and lines to create a beautiful abstract piece of art. 

My name is Julie Malizia (@harp_and_crow on Instagram) and today we are painting a Minimalist Abstract together. Follow along with this three-step blog post or scroll down to watch the video. Let’s get started! 








Psst..if you prefer watching the walkthrough of this tutorial instead, check out the video below!



Step 1: Paint!

The first thing you are going to do is use your watercolors to paint two shapes onto your paper. 

Using your indigo color, paint a half circle in the lower, right quadrant of your sheet. If this half-circle was a clock, the angle of the straight line should be from about 2:00 to 8:00. Feel free to choose the level of saturation that you want here! I like to drip in some clean water to move the paint around and create some interesting textures.



Next, you will use your burnt sienna color to paint a circle in the top, left quadrant of your paper. Again, you can decide the level of saturation that you’d like here. Use more paint for a more vibrant color and more water for a more muted look.

This circle will slightly touch the center of the indigo half circle. Make sure you paint the majority of your burnt sienna circle before allowing the paint to bleed into the indigo. This will create a wonderful watercolor bloom when it’s dry!




Step 2: Botanicals!

Once your watercolor is completely dry, you are going to add a simple botanical leaf drawing. You can absolutely use a pencil to lightly sketch this step first! I personally thrive off the fear of ruining a piece though, so I don’t always sketch it out.

Using a black monoline pen, you are going to use a series of c-curves to create leaves in the center of your sheet. The top leaf should be just above the burnt sienna circle, and the bottom of the stem should reach just below the indigo half-circle. Curve the stem in a slight c-shape. Place your leaves on both sides of the stem as you work your way down. 




Step 3: Flair!


The final step in this design is to use an opaque, white gel pen to add some fun elements. When adding flair, just remember that less is more!

First, you’ll draw three curved lines on top of the indigo half-circle. Try to keep these curves small enough that they don’t run over your leaves but large enough to be seen!



The next and final step is to add white dots to your burnt sienna circle. Add them in a circular shape in the top left corner of the painted portion. Let the shape of these dots mimic the curved lines you drew on the indigo portion. 

And that’s it! You’ve created a one-of-a-kind, minimalist, abstract work of art!



Thank you for creating with me today! If you try this tutorial, please share and tag me on Instagram so that I can see your beautiful work!


Julie is a self-taught artist living in Central California with her husband & three daughters. She rekindled her love of art during the most trying years of early motherhood and has found a passion for helping others ignite their creative spark. Check out more of Julie's tutorials here!



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