Abstract Acrylic Flower Painting Tutorial

In this article you will discover an abstract acrylic flower painting tutorial. We will show you how to create beautiful abstract flowers. This is a great project for beginners, as it is a simple and expressive style that anyone can achieve with a little bit of practice. We’ll be using bright colors and loose brushstrokes to create our flowers, so be sure to gather your supplies and follow along!

In this article we will cover the following topics;

  • Overview of abstract flower painting
  • Materials used
  • Video demonstration
  • Step-by-step guide
  • How to learn more
  • Conclusion

What is abstract flower painting?

Abstract flower painting is a type of painting that uses some emotion and loose brushstrokes to create expressive floral artwork. This style of painting is perfect for beginners, as it is simple and easy to learn. Abstract flower painting is also a great way to add some color and life to your home décor.

Abstract acrylic flower painting

What materials do you need?

  • Liquitex heavy body paint; Cadmium red light, alizarin crimson, Cobalt blue, ultramarine blue, cadmium yellow lemon, yellow ochre, burnt sienna, neutral tint
  • Brushes – Princeton Catalyst Polytip; round, flat and liner
  • Surface; Strathmore 400 series mixed media paper, 11″ x 14″
  • Miscellaneous; collage paper and mod podge

About the video demonstration

The video walks you though all the steps and techniques used for the abstract flowers. But to answer and questions you may have, we’ve included a step-by-step guide below.

Step-by-step flower painting guide

Create your own abstract flowers with this easy to follow tutorial! Follow along with the video or use the written instructions below to create your own stunning floral artwork.

Collaging with acrylics
Collaging with acrylics

Step #1

Start the flowers by using some collage paper and mod podge. I used a reject painting for my starter. The paper is 11″ x 14″ Bristol.

Layering the background
Layering the background

Step #2

Use a watered down cool-gray, and negative space painting to shape the vase. By watering it down, the paint is more transparent. This shows a little bit of the collage paper which adds some dynamic layering effects.

Painting the flowers
Painting the flowers

Step #3

Start painting the flowers but don’t use highly saturated colors. If you start with intense color you will have nothing left to add finishing details. Most beginners get this wrong. They aim for the finished qualities way too early! Remember, quality acrylic paintings are layered which gives them a more polished and interesting appeal.

Adding the pink flowers
Adding the pink flowers

Step #4

Continue building up the main flowers. You don’t necessarily have to use the same colors as me. But it is good to have a strong accent color, or one main flower that trumps all others. The red flower will be the star, but it is accented with lavender and white blooms.

Adding yellow centers
Adding yellow centers

Step #5

Paint the white flowers and add a yellow center. Again, don’t use the most intense colors at this stage. Tone them down a little with grays, or complimentary hues.

Keep the strokes crisp and confident. In other words, put it down and leave it alone! The more you fix and fuss, the worse it gets.

Building up layers
Building up layers

Step #6

Add smaller shapes that includes leaves, stems and pink buds. This is the second layer, so feel free to start adding more saturated colors. Most of these strokes will be visible in the final painting.

Finishing touches
Finishing touches

Step #7

Add the finishing touches! This is a tricky stage because every painting is different. And it needs its own unique touches. It’s best to step back from the painting for a few minutes and make a list of three things you could do to improve the flowers.

It’s better to have a plan than to guess, or paint in circles without really knowing what your goal is at this stage.

How to learn more

Check out these great online courses if you would like to learn more about acrylic and mixed media painting.


Thank you for reading! We hope that you enjoyed this acrylic painting tutorial. Abstract flower painting is a great way to add some color and life to your home décor. With a little practice, anyone can create beautiful and expressive floral artwork.

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