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Minimalist Abstracts - Creating dynamic abstracts with just a few supplies

teacher avatar DENISE LOVE, Artist & Photographer

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Lessons in This Class

13 Lessons (1h 43m)
    • 1. Introduction

    • 2. Class Project

    • 3. Supplies

    • 4. Other Paint Options

    • 5. Color Swatching

    • 6. Creating Small Pieces

    • 7. Finishing small pieces

    • 8. Paper Experiments

    • 9. Evaluating for color and composition

    • 10. Cutting up art

    • 11. Finishing our cut up art

    • 12. Going Larger

    • 13. Final Thoughts

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About This Class

In this class, we are going to create some beautiful, dynamic abstracts. I am using acrylic inks in this class, but you are welcome to substitute inks for some supplies you have on hand like watercolors, acrylic high-flow paint, acrylic fluid paint, and possibly regular acrylic paint, watercolor inks, etc... I have a video where I show you how I would use some of these other paint types in class. This project would do well in a variety of mediums. I love the inks because of their vibrance and how beautiful the pieces turned out using them.

I'm calling this class minimalist... because we are keeping the materials we are using to a minimum. I want to see what beautiful art we can create without all the extra decoration I usually do in my art. I want the colors and few marks to speak for themselves.

We'll start out by creating some smaller pieces... I use this to experiment with all my color choices and narrow down the ones that are my favorite. We'll use our favorite small piece to create a larger piece. And... I might have even snuck in a cut-up your art piece... because this is my own personal favorite way to create. :)

This class is for you if:

  • You love learning new techniques for your art
  • You are interested in learning more about creating some dynamic abstract art
  • You love experimenting with art supplies
  • You love watching how others approach their art practice

Supplies: I am using acrylic inks in this class - because I love them and the vibrancy of the colors. This project would do great if you used inks, watercolor, high-flow paints might work fine with some thinning with water, etc. I like to drop the paint in the water and watch it flow out to see what it creates. 

  • Watercolor paper - I'm using Canson Coldpress 140lb in class for most projects. I also included a segment on creating these on different papers that I thought you'd like a look at. I used Arches hot press watercolor, Arches Rough watercolor, and Canson Heritage Cold Press in those experiments. 
  • Acrylic inks. The colors I'm mostly using in class: FW Olive Green, FW Red Earth, FW Antelope Brown, FW Purple Lake, FW Crimson, FW Paynes Gray, Liquitex Q Magenta, Liquitex Yellow Oxide (you are welcome to substitute inks for some supplies you have on hand like watercolors, acrylic high-flow paint, acrylic fluid paint, and possibly regular acrylic paint, watercolor inks, etc... I have a video where I show you how I would use some of these other paint types in class.)
  • A few watercolor brushes to put your water on the paper and push color when you need to
  • Painters tape to tape down your paper





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Hello, my friend!

I’m Denise, and I'm an artist, photographer, and creator of digital resources and creative workshops.

I have always been passionate about art and the creative process, and have spent my career exploring various mediums and techniques. Whether I am working with paint, pencils, or pixels, I am constantly seeking to push the boundaries of what is possible and find new ways to express myself.

In addition to creating my own artwork, I also love sharing my skills and knowledge with others through workshops and classes. I believe creativity is a vital part of life, and I'm dedicated to helping others discover and cultivate their own artistic abilities.

I'm so glad to have you here on my Art channel.


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1. Introduction: [MUSIC] Hello, I'm playing in the acrylic inks, and today I have a really fun class that's super easy that I think you're going to love playing in. I'm Denise Love and I am an artist and photographer out of Atlanta, Georgia, and today we're going to play in acrylic inks. I'm playing in inks because I particularly have fun with those and I like the way that they move and react on paper. You can do this project in watercolor or any other inks that you want to experiment with. It'll work with a variety of different mediums, but I'm going to be playing in the inks, and I can't wait for you to see some of the stuff that we're going to do today. We're going to start off making some littles in several different colorways, and I'm going to call these minimalist because they're not necessarily like one element on here so that it's super minimal. But when I say minimalist, I'm saying pick two colors, maybe a third is a mark-making element, and see what you create. Keep the supplies and the elements and the different things that you're working with to a minimum. We're not going back and then embellishing really heavy on top of these, I want the abstract aspect of these to really shine and see what can you come up with. Then if you get your piece and you're like, okay, now I feel like I need to add more to it, then go for it. [LAUGHTER] But I have so much fun just experimenting with the pure color and the different papers because I experiment on a couple of different papers to be like, okay, what would it be if I worked on rough paper versus smooth paper versus cold paper? Fun stuff. Look at all of these that I created just as I'm [LAUGHTER] talking to you. What I like about these is several of these inspired my larger piece, so I want you to create some little pieces and then come back and create a big piece. Like here's my little one that I really loved, and the piece that it inspired. I love that. I love looking at things and thinking, okay, now how can I make that larger? Then I did this yummy little piece and inspired a bigger piece. I like the challenge that you get when you're thinking small and then thinking larger, so super fun. Then this piece, actually the colors are what inspired me here, and I created some of my little cut apart. Again, keeping in mind minimal supplies to create the most impact that I could create and these are my favorite. I can't wait to put these on like a little white piece of paper to frame it out and then have it framed. [LAUGHTER] I always like to do a little cut-up project. Even though I might not plan to do it, as we're starting, I got so excited with these colors that I'm like, let's get one up. [LAUGHTER] Today we're going to play with our inks. We're going to keep our supplies minimal and see what really cool abstracts that we can come up with. I hope you enjoy what we're doing. I can't wait to see the projects that you create. Let's get started. [MUSIC] 2. Class Project: [MUSIC] Your class project today is experiment and create a lot of little pieces. I created a lot of little pieces in class because I wanted to play with colors. I wanted to play with different papers. I wanted to experiment and really get some of these that were going to be my very favorite. Then out of those, what bigger pieces or other pieces that I inspire. For instance, these pieces that had the magenta in it inspired my cut-out piece that I did. Then I cut out lots of pretty little art out of that, which I'm going to mount on its own little white paper and then they're ready to frame. I also did several in this color way that I've then made a piece that I'm absolutely in love with. You can judge which way does this go? Which way does it look best? Which way is it talking to me? [LAUGHTER] I love that about abstract is everybody's going to have an opinion about which direction it could go. But I want you to go ahead and create your littles and then come back and show me your big that that might have inspired. I'm pretty excited to see what colors you pick, what compositions you go with, how it is that your colors matched and played. I can't wait to see what you went with. Come back and share those with us, and I'll see you in class. [MUSIC] 3. Supplies: [MUSIC] Let's take a look at the supplies that we'll be using today. Because we're doing minimalist abstracts, I want to keep the supplies minimalist also. Pick one supply to paint with, whether that be acrylic ink, watercolors. I like something that's really high flow for this type projects so watercolor is probably your best alternative for doing this project. But look around your art room after you watch some of the videos and see what you have that you think, oh, let me play with this today, and just see what you can come up with. High flow acrylic paints may even work. They're really half low ones, but I like the inks because they're really highly pigmented and they're super-duper flowy. [LAUGHTER] I've got some painters tape so I can tape off some smaller projects using inks today. I've got the Daler-Rowney, a few colors in that FW and I've got a few of the Liquitex. I have randomly just a smattering of colors and a few metallics. My metallics are the Liquitex, but it doesn't really matter what you got. Pull out what you got and what you might want to experiment with today, whether that be these inks or some watercolors. I've also got a couple of brushes that I'm going to use because I'm going to put water on the paper and dab color in and then maybe mark make with some items, so definitely keeping it as simple and uncluttered as possible just to say, what can we create with these items today? I'm going to be using cold press 140 pound watercolor paper. This is the perfect project to experiment with your papers if you have rough press, if you've got hot press, if you've got cold press, if you've got all cotton paper, if you have a nicer quality paper, then say this medium quality paper, this is a time to experiment with those papers because this is the perfect project to see how it reacts with each type of paper. I'm going to be using that. This is just a big 9 by 12 pad that I got. These are fun because you can get these sometimes at your craft store, buy one get one free. A lot of times Michaels does these, buy one get one free, or half off, or back-to-school sale. I think this was a back-to-school special, and I buy several and then when I want to just mindlessly sit at my table and maybe create, but not think too hard about what I'm creating just to see what I might end up with, this is the perfect paper for doing that. Then I've also got some water and I'm going to try to keep that be what I use. If I'm going to do some mark making on my papers with the dabber that is in my ink bottle. But some of these dabbers are rounded, and in that case, I might want to play with a wood skewer or something like that if I want to mark-make. I could also play with any of my favorite mark-making tools, whether that be a mechanical pencil, or a piece of graphite, or a Posca pen, if you want to throw a little bit in at the end, you certainly could. But that's where I'm going to keep it. I'm going to keep it simple. We're going to do some color testing and then we'll do some small projects, and then maybe that small project will inspire a bigger piece for us. Let's get started. [MUSIC] 4. Other Paint Options: [MUSIC] In this video, I just want to do a quick demonstration. When I say that you can use other materials besides just the acrylic ink to do these projects, I thought I would just show you an example of what some of those could be. You could use watercolor inks. You could use high-flow acrylics. You could use watercolors. Even on these acrylics, you could use the fluid acrylic. I'm just going to show you. [NOISE] You probably could do any kind of acrylic if you had enough water added to it. You could also do pan watercolors. For this what I'm doing for most of the projects is I'm putting some water on my paper and then I'm using the acrylic ink to create my box of color basically. Just to show you, this is the ink. Again, I'm just going to put some water on here. This is watercolor ink. Look what that does. The watercolor ink spreads really nicely. Let's go ahead, put a little bit of watercolor out on our palette and you can use the pan watercolor it doesn't have to be the tube. You just want to get some water on your paper. Then I'm going to get some of the color on my brush. Then I'm going to come back in and dip my watercolor into my square and just work that a little bit. I want to just work it until I've got it how I want it. What's nice about watercolor and some of these others too, you can dip other colors in here. You can add a little more color if it's not intense enough. But that is basically what I'm thinking with the watercolor. You would simply get it on your brush and then dip that into your square. If we do a really fluid acrylic here. That's the high flow and this is the fluid. I'm basically treating them the same way. I'm going to put some water on the paper. I'm going to make sure I got a lot of water on my brush. Get some of that color going. Look at that. That one spread out really good. High flow, [LAUGHTER] nice. Little more water on the paper. [NOISE] Let's just go for the fluid. You can see really too, if you have thicker acrylics. Look at that one, spread just as good. [LAUGHTER] If you've got any of these little acrylic things those would work great. You can see how once we get into our projects and you're watching me create the pieces that I'm creating, you can see how you can substitute the ink for quite a variety of products. As long as you can put a little bit of that paint on your paper and get it nice and wet with some water, you can use basically any type of paint that you want. If you've got the thicker acrylic paint and you want to give that a try, just put a little there and water it down really good and then tap your brush into your water that you are creating your abstract with. I hope that gives you a little bit of an idea of what I'm saying when I say, you can use other things and here's how they would work for you. I'll see you back in class. [MUSIC] 5. Color Swatching: The first project that I think I'm going to do today because I have a bunch of colors and I'm not really normally a color swatcher. But today, I think we're going to do a little bit of color swatching just to figure out what colors do we have. I'm going to do it in a way that's interesting. I'm going to take a clean brush and clean water and in the projects, I want to put water on and dip the ink on the water and see how it spreads and flows and what color I end up with. For my sample sheet, I think I'm going to do the same thing. I'm going to put some water and dab a color in it, and then underneath that I can write what color that was and that's what we're going to do today. Then I can just line them up here beside my color palette as I'm going so that when they dry, I'll know what color I put where. Let's just align those. I want my neutrals. Let's see, I've got all these blue-green in that range. I want to maybe play with colors that I haven't played with before possibly. I'm just going to line these up in a way. That might be too many for the first line, but maybe the second line. Let's just see and try to do this thoughtfully. You can see I've got lots of colors and I just pulled them all out to say, what can we do with these? Then the liquid texts ones I've got over here. I think that one's yellow ocher, what's that? That's yellow oxide. No, it needs to be shook up, so a lot of these make sure you shake it before you use it. But when you do that, make sure the lid is on it because I have definitely done a few oopsies with the lids not being on my inks accidentally. I've got white, but white is not really going to show up. I've got this fine warm gray, which is an Amsterdam color, I like that, and then I've got these which are my metallics. What I'm going to do now that I've got the lineup, but I don't really want to move it because I can just open each one, dip it on my water, and then move to the next one and I can come back and say, what color was that? Let's just start with the outside here. Let me get my dropper open, just going to do a little swash of water and then a dip of ink and I will just let it do its thing. That's the way I'm going to do each of these. We could add a little extra water if we wanted to. Where's my clean paintbrush? Here we go. If it's not really moving around and I want it to move around, I can do a dab of water on here and just get that to move. I don't want that right there, so picked it right up. Once we've got that one, put the lid back on, grab the next color, shake it up. I think I've got too many on each row here that I've created, but that's okay. I line them little further over as I use them. Look at that color that is yummy, that's turquoise by FW. I'm feeling that one's going to make it into something. That's the feel I want. I want to put that color on there and I want to get excited about what it's doing, look at that one. That one is indigo. I'll do indigo and paint gray leaving just a little bit of room underneath these to be able to write these colors once this is dry. Look at that, yummy. I just love inks, they are so highly pigmented, they still give you a watercolory feel so you're getting some fun. I love that one. You're going to hear crazy noises. This is antelope brown and man, I do love the antelope brown. Let's start the next row here. See I've already filled in these three colors personally. Just dip in some water on that, see what it does. Just start that right up there. Burnt umber, next one is burnt umber. I think that was red earth. This one has a big glob of color stuck on it and I don't want that stuck there. Let me grab that. I want to get that big blob of color off here. I'm just going to grab it. The thing about the acrylics that are different than the watercolors is they're very watercolory when you put them on the paper. But when they dry, they are no longer able to reactivate it, look at that. With watercolor, you could easily reactivate the color and do more to that. But with these, you can't do that. Once it's dry, it's dry. That one's called flesh tint, I think portrait pink. I don't think I've ever actually done this, but now that I have it, I'll always know what colors I have and then I'll never have to do it again. But it's unimportant. I'm not really a square color-swatching girl. But with these I feel like for this project, I want to be able to say, I want to use that and that. I want to be able to have a definite opinion on the color I want. Just looking at the bottles I'm going, maybe I want this, maybe I don't. Whereas I did a color swatchy project in another class, the landscape, atmospheric landscapes and I didn't it in a little bit different way, hence whatever favorite color swatch sheets ever, because the colors run down the page and they're so beautiful. But I feel like, look at that color. Can you see that color with one of these, pretty. Let's put that one there. I'm being real careful to keep these in the order that I did them so that in a minute I can come back and very easily write each color. That one's pretty too, it's like the same color. Let's see, this is crimson and magenta. It's not the same color, but it does look very close. Let's go ahead, I've got a green over here hiding. Look at that color. That's crazy color. Look at that. It spreads out to a neon yellow, that's different. Let's start up here with these Liquitexes. Another thing that's interested in doing this is we could mix two colors and be like, what would this do if I took this color and dabbed it with the next color? We might do a little bit larger project where we're doing that. Let's add some water to that there. I have discovered on some of these Liquitexes, especially the metallics, they don't run the same way that the FW [inaudible] do. Of course that one did, so that just made me a liar. But on the metallic ones they do something different sometimes, I have noticed. It's not necessarily bad. It's just an observation of how did the supplies work. Really actually now that I've said that , let's put this here. You can see that it keeps real heavy color where these spread out a little differently. It's just interesting how these are doing. I love this warm gray. I love it so much that I was doing a project, I just dumped the color out on the project accidentally, definitely wasn't on purpose and I was like, "Oops." Got a little ink run-off there on my paper. If you get little pieces that end up on your paper, resist trying to get them out of the way, because you can do it in a bit when they're all dry. You don't want to smear those into your paints. Got some bronze. Got some gold. Now this is all the colors I have. I like that I'm going to have them all on one sheet labeled underneath it, and then I can pull this out. So I'll know what I got every time, and I can pull out the right color. If there's a favorite color and I use it all, I'll be able to refer back to the sheet, to say, "Oh, that's that color." Once you get one of these with all your colors, now I could be able to be like, "I love these, and I love this antelope. I love that one." I can see what colors I'm tending towards. I can also see that I don't have an orange, so I may have to get an orange because I like orange and pink together. I don't have a true red, but maybe I could take a little of that red and a little that yellow and mix it up over here. Let's just take a little bit of red, let's just make ourselves an orange and see, and a little bit of, let's use this toned down. Let's see what we got here. Going to just put them over there and test it out and see what we get. We can mix colors, that's my point. You don't have to use the colors straight out of the bottle if you're wanting like say an orange or something out of your setup, we could make some other colors. Let's get a piece of watercolor paper. I usually have a lot of scraps around. But before I film each class, I clean up my workspace so it's not overwhelmed with lots of stuff. We could do some color mixing, and if you do some color mixing, make a little swatch of it and right underneath it the two colors that you used, particularly like that, so the orange is fun. If you get a color that you're like, I don't have an orange, or a green, or a blue, or whatever that I love, look at what you do have and see, could you get close to one of those colors. That's a really cool orange. In a case like that I could still lay water down and scoop it with my brush and tap it in for the project that I want to do today. Once you get all your colors out here, let everything dry, write each color underneath it, and we'll have a little master color sheet. It's also really interesting to see which one's separate and balloon out and make interesting colors and stuff. This one right here, which is this red earth, really separates, and granulates, and balloons, very interestingly, which will really add to our yummy abstracts. Can't wait to use that one in something, maybe that one, and this one here, which I think is this one, which is the sepia. Feeling that one and a sepia maybe, maybe this green and something. I'm going to let these dry. I'm going to write the color names under each color. One little note here in the process of writing my color names underneath my colors, I realized that two of my inks, and I think it's just these two, are actually watercolor inks by [inaudible]. Just to show you that this inks, this is the watercolor ink and this is the watercolor ink. They're acting just like the acrylic ink. The only difference with the watercolor ink is that you'd probably be able to reactivate these colors if you added water to them again, whereas the acrylic inks you wouldn't be able to do that. Any ink would do this project really easily, or even watercolor, just to throw that in there, that a couple of these were watercolor inks in the bottles and I didn't even realize that. I'm going to finish writing the names, and then I will see you in the next project. [MUSIC] 6. Creating Small Pieces: For this project, I want you to pick a couple of colors and we're going to start experimenting on a small-scale so that we can then move up to a larger piece after we have figured out our colors and stuff. So after I wrote all my colors on here a couple of these we're still wet when I picked them up. But that's okay, I can still see the colors. So what I've done is I've just taken a board. This is a piece of cardboard actually that came in a box. It's not perfectly straight. You really do want them to be perfectly straight. But for this particular play project here, this would be okay. So I've got my water, I've got my two paint brushes, the one that I can do some extra dipping if I need to and the one that I'm going to create shapes with, or I can create shapes with this, any watercolor brush would be all right. I've also got some mop brushes, so this is like a little tiny mop brush, I guess we could say and a big mop brush so maybe we'll pull that one out too. So let's go ahead and have those ready. I've taped it off into fours. I want to do four different projects. This is that cold press paper. I think I want to experiment with different colors. I know already that I love these. I really loved this green and this purple and I wouldn't even say I'm a purple person, but look at the green, purple, and this oxide, super pretty. That red Earth is really calling to me. I like this turquoise. I'm going to work in the colors that are speaking to me today. Every time you come back to this, something else might speak to you, but let me just pull some of these out. I've got the indigo, I know I love that. I love this olive green, and I love that turquoise. Let's see, I also love Payne's gray. So let's put the Payne's gray over here. I love this antelope Brown. Good one. So I've got these four, I liked that and I've got the purple like so we love that one. I also like this yellow oxide, which was this yummy soft mustard brown. 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6. I think that I like that. I like this quinacridone magenta also so we might put that over there because maybe that would be a really cool abstract. Then I liked the metallics. I don't know if I'll use them, but I do have them over here to the side, so I know I love those. I think I'm going to push all these other ones out of the way for the moment and focus on the ones that are really speaking to me today and I want you to do same. I want you to make your little color chart and then look at all the colors and say, oh, I do love this red Earth, let's pull red Earth over here. Look at all the colors and say, okay, these are the ones that are speaking to me. Let me move these other ones out of the way so that they're not even messing up the conversation going on with me in this piece art. Let's take a look. I think I'm going to do a lot of these because you want to do some sections and let them dry, come back and add a little more and do some mark-making and that's going to be the process. So I have a couple of these taped off and ready to go so I can experiment. I have my color chart back here behind me so I can be like, okay, let's do whatever, whatever, whatever. I almost want to start with that olive green so let's just pull that out. You can take the lids off of your pieces, shake them up and take your lids off. But let me tell you. Once you do that, don't pick them up by the lid. If you don't remember that you have those lids unscrewed because I have done that more times than I even care to admit and be like, oh crap. I had a moment when I didn't want to be saying, oh crap. Well, I'm going to loosen these up for the camera and we'll hope I don't make some big mistake. Got colors back here. We got all our colors open. Loving the antelope brown and the olive green. So we are taking a look at these two, let's do those two. Maybe the purple lake and the olive green. Even loving this yellow oxide over here. I don't know. Let's just see what we can do. So let's go. We've got the antelope brown. So what I'm going to do is just maybe make us a water section and put some ink in. This is the time where you could manipulate it a little bit if you want, because I don't necessarily want it to look like I put a big drop right in the middle of my abstract. But you just work it. Maybe I'll put one over here. We'll dip a little bit of this maybe along the edge and look what that did. So we're going to let that dry and I'm going to move on to this next section over here. Maybe I'll do this with this mop brush and just see what organicy shape we can get. Maybe with this little purple. That's fun. While it's wet, we can move it around a little, but I want to play with these and then let them do their thing. There's that. Maybe on this one, I'll start with the red Earth. That's interesting. Look what that did. You don't have to do two of each color splotch. I'm just going along with the flow here and seeing what are we going to end up with if I do this? Let's do some of this Payne's gray here. That's very interesting. I might want to move that around a little bit with my little extra water. Then I can come back. Let's see, I liked Payne's gray, maybe some of this antelope. If they're not touching, you could do another little section. If they're going to be overlapping or touching, then I would definitely let those sections dry. So I'm going to let these dry and pick up my next board. I've got another one here. Let me say, you definitely want to do a bunch of these because some are going to be amazing and some are going to be terrible. If you'll do a whole bunch, you'll be really excited about the ones that ended up amazing. The ones that ended up terrible, won't be so upsetting. I'm just saying, from personal experience. That is a color, look at that. Let's just move that around a little bit. I really love the choppiness of that side. I don't want everyone to be like a perfect straight whatever. Or maybe I domostly. Let's see, what do we do there? Let's do this gold. I'm not thinking too hard about composition at this point, I'm just thinking where do I want to put these inks and maybe have some ink spots. As it's drying, what do I want to maybe end up with? For the moment, this is your time to experiment and see what can we create? Let's see, I liked this red Earth. Let's play with that a little bit. That color is crazy, look at that. I went really heavy on that one, didn't I? Let's just let that do its thing. I like magenta and maybe the gold. Maybe that can be magenta and gold. Let's see. What else? I want to try the antelope again. I want it to look a little bit like a lake. What am I going to do that blue? When we're all done, some of these may orientate this way and some of them may orientate tall. We'll just see what we can end up with. Look at that. Maybe we'll come up this way with some of the maybe the green. Let's see. I like green. Let's do the green up here. Then maybe we'd add a little extra, maybe not. Let's just let that do its thing. It's doing some fun stuff there. I want some of that brown to go outside of that line. We could take the end of a paintbrush or a skewer or something and we could go ahead and make it do some fun stuff while it's wet. That's fine. A little bit of mark-making in there. Not fine. We might love them and we might not. Let's just see. Let's let these dry. The first one I just did ink spots, the second one I've done, let's drag the color through it. What's above these dry and then we'll come back for the next thing that we're going to add to our abstracts. Here's our first set that we were playing with. It's not completely dry, but it is dry enough for us to maybe play a little more in it. I really love this antelope. I think I want to play with the antelope and maybe some Payne's gray and just see if I add some of this color. Maybe right here touching it a little bit and just let it do its thing. Let's just see what we can get. Then maybe over here I want some yellow. Let's just let that do its thing. But let's do this green. I like green. That was cool. Then this was the magenta, but it looks different than my magenta up there. Was that the magenta? That might've been the red earth? That was the red earth. I think I want to put maybe some Payne's gray in with this red earth or maybe the antelope. Antelope is fine. Let's do some antelope. That's okay if they touch and they do a little. That was way too much ink on that. That might never dry. If you do way too much ink, just take a paper towel and just stick the edge and soak up some of that so that you don't feel like you ruin your piece and it's going be way too heavy and the soaking up might give you a cool texture. Don't be afraid if you need to soak some ink up. Now that I've said that I might soak up. You don't want to soak up too much. I want the ink to do and dry its thing and have very dark areas. I'm going to let that do its thing. Then over here, maybe a third color. What color do we want? Let's just do it right there. Maybe we want the green. Oh, yeah, look at that. We could let that dry if you wanted, or we could go ahead and come back in with some mark-making. I think what I want to do is a little bit of mark-making so that it actually almost blends. Let's do that. You want to be simplistic. You don't want to overdo, but a few marks in one direction, a few marks in another direction might be good. Well, I like that one. We could do circles. I'm just drawing with the Payne's gray, just using the ink dauber. It doesn't have to be any other supplies than what you've already got that you're working with. Look at that one. What we could do too is we could take a paintbrush and we could do a little bit of like a water splatter, like a color splatter. If I get enough water and gray in there, I could get some splatter. Then you're going to have to just set them to the side and let them completely dry and do their thing. Let me set these to the side and pull back that other set we were working on. 7. Finishing small pieces: [MUSIC] Here's our other set, so we're just going to need to take a look and say, "Okay, what else do we want to do here?" I think that might've been the red Earth again. I know I have magenta out, but I think I might not have used that. Let's use the magenta with this yellow. Let's just come over here, drop [NOISE] some magenta in. Whoa, look at that. Then I might take the end of the paintbrush here and do some mark-making with that real quick. That's fun. Then what do we want to put with this yummy turquoise? I'm feeling indigo. Let's pull some indigo out, and then let's see. Maybe we want to just do something while coming out like that, and just see what we get. Look at that. Part of the fun of this is [LAUGHTER] just being crazy with where you put the water, and then seeing what the ink does. That's pretty cool. I'm working that. You do want to be careful picking it up though. I just made that go, "Oh, let's stop right there." [LAUGHTER] I want to pick it up and move that back, but it's not going to move where I want it. Let's just pick a little bit of that water up. [NOISE] I'm just soaking it up with the edge just to pick a little bit up. I do like it. We're not going to really change the look, but we'll soak a little bit of water up. There we go. Let's just do that. Now we've got this red Earth, I think I want to put the antelope with that. I love the antelope for some reason, but let's just do a swipe. [NOISE] That's cool. Then over here what do we want to finish this one off with? We want to finish it off with may be some Payne's gray. Let's let that do its thing. We can let it dry and mark make after the fact, but I like it when they blend in a little bit with it. [NOISE] I like that one. You can do like I'm doing. You can pick one color to be like the last little mark-making color, or you can pick a different color every time. I've got some other little ones that we're going to look at here in a minute where I tried different papers and just different colorways, so we'll see how they ended up too. Then do we want any little splatter? Maybe. Maybe I'll put this on my disposable paint palette here. Just a little bit of this Payne's gray on this paint palette, so I can pick it up with my paintbrush a little easier. [NOISE] Let's just see. Yeah, that's what I want. Just a tiny bit too. I don't want it to be so much that it's overwhelming. That one might be my favorite. As you're doing these think, which one do you want to do bigger? What do you think is going to be your favorite for maybe a bigger project? I'm feeling like that could possibly be my bigger project, so we'll see. I want to set these down and let this dry with the other set, and then we'll see what they look like when they're dry. These are 99.9 percent dry because I actually went and had some lunch and made myself leave my art room so that I wouldn't be tempted to touch any of these. [LAUGHTER] Look how amazing some of these look. We can even change direction. I'm so in love with this color combination, it's just amazing. I did this purple and this green. I really love this one which inspired my bigger piece, and I don't know if the bigger piece is going to turn out as stunning as the little piece but now I can cut each of these out and frame them separately. What I like now is we can turn around and look at them in different directions and see which way is most successful for each piece, and out of this bunch this one doesn't grab me as much. This is why I want to do more than one at a time because I love this one, and I love this one, and I love this one, and that one is just like, "Okay." I'm not as excited about that one, but I still love the other three that I got. On this one we tried that same yummy feel. Man, I love that one too. This is a great layout for me. I've got something on the bottom. It will split there at the top, so that one's super cool. I really loved this colorway, so that's definitely going to probably be a project that I do. Just looking at the different directions, I like this one. Long way the best. [LAUGHTER] It could be like a George Jetson car. There's the person sitting in the car, and we're zooming out. This is zoom at the back. [LAUGHTER] I like the two blues together. Again, this one that's the redder than the antelope. That's probably not my favorite colorway personally, but I do actually love this piece much more than I loved that first piece that I tried with that colorway. This is a super fun project, and I want you to make pages and pages of these experimenting with different colorways and the different marks. At this point too if we wanted to we could come back and add more on top of this, but in the spirit of my intentions today; minimalist, I'm going to stick with just what I've already done. I want to stick with the inks, I don't want to have so many extra supplies coming in here. If you're doing this in watercolor then you might pick a marker, or a paint pen, or some other art supply to do all the extra marking that I did with the Payne's gray ink or you might even consider getting one ink and doing lots with watercolor, and letting the ink be those yummy marks. In the spirit of minimalism, I'm going to keep these fresh like they are. Just know that I love this one, I love this one, I love this one. This one's fun. I love this one. This one was fun, I'm on the fence about that one. About 50-50. We ended up with 50 we loved, and we ended up with 50 that might go in my collage pile to tear up and do other things with, but I definitely have some pieces that are going to inspire the larger pieces that we do in class. That's super exciting. I'm feeling this might be one, this could be something, this could be something. I'm pretty excited with my experiments. Let's go ahead and look at doing something a little bit larger, and I'm also going to experiment on some other papers. Let's take a look at my other paper experiments in the next video. [MUSIC] 8. Paper Experiments: [MUSIC] I went ahead and did even more ink drawings on different types of paper because in this experimenting part of figuring out the colors that you like, and the marks you want to do, and the different designs you want to come up with, part of it is what paper are you really going to love to do, create big projects on later, and I love to experiment on things like this to see do the different papers work? Do they not work? Do I love it? For most of the projects in class I'm going to be using that Canson cold press watercolor paper, but I thought it would be fun to just look at what these other papers do. What I have here on this piece is some Arches hot press, and these turned out really fun. I love the green and the antelope. Again, I tried antelope on all of them with different colors. I did the magenta, the turquoise, the Payne's gray, and the green. That was really fun to say, "Okay, I like this as a base color. What do I want to go with that?" That was super fun. That was the hot press. I also experimented with the Arches rough, that's the hot press. We've got the rough and also experimented with the Canson Heritage which is a nicer upper line of the cans and stuff. We're using a medium line on the ones I was doing. These were on the rough, and then this last set that I have, we're on the nicer Canson paper. I like experimenting, and playing, and learning on cheaper papers, and then when you get to the point where you're like, "Okay. This is my thing. I'm making some stuff that I'm going to sell or I'm going to really be proud of," then I like to step up to a nicer paper when I do that. For the Canson Heritage, I decided to just play with antelope and Payne's Gray. Man, I'm going to tell you I love all four of these. Once we cut these out because I'm going to cut these into their own little pieces, I can then decide which direction do I really love each piece to go but these are fun. This is one of my favorite colorways I think on this set. This one too, I'm in love with the purple and green especially in the areas that I let them mix and blend. Look how beautiful these are. I love this one, I love all four of these. I like that this one's a little longer and we have a little touch of purple on each side. i like that this one's a little more compact there with some green in the middle. I like that this one's a little taller and we could go different directions with that. This one looks like a blob, but I still like the colors. It's not my favorite composition of the four, but it's interesting to see and experiment how this turnout. I actually liked the rough paper on this project. I liked the way that the watercolor looks on it in comparison to the other choices that I was experimenting with. The rough paper does take a little more water almost to get that ink to spread because it's got more tooth to it. It didn't spread differently actually, it just looks completely different than these that are on the cold press and the hot press. It's a different look for all three different papers. I want you to try this. Whatever papers that you may have in your stash that you either try it or wanted to try or get some papers to put in your stash to be able to pull one out and say, "Well, this project was so cool, how would it be if I used it on this paper or that paper instead?" These were fun. I loved this colorway, in love with those. This was fun to experiment with one main color and then a secondary color in there, so super fun. I love how all these turned out. This was a friend project. Definitely experiment with different papers on some of these if you've got some or you see something that looks really interesting. I'll see you back in class. [MUSIC] 9. Evaluating for color and composition: [MUSIC] A little bit about composition because with abstracts, a lot of people think abstract's really easy and then they do it and they're like, this is hard. [LAUGHTER] One of the reason why I like doing little pieces with different colors on taped off pieces of paper, is because then you get to experiment a lot with different colorways and different layouts and different configurations and then you can see what you liked and didn't like, and how they worked out. But if when you cut these out, almost have different thoughts about some of them than I had originally. Because now you can evaluate each piece individually and say, that is its own little piece of art ready for me to sign and frame. It's amazing how good some of these look, cut out. Like I said, this one that looked a little bit like a blob. Now that it's cut out on its individual piece of paper and turned in a different direction than I had it. I'm feeling like it goes this way and it looks so good. I almost want you to paint all your little ones. Let them dry. Do any little bit of mark-making, look how good this one looks. Do your mark-making and let it all completely dry and then cut them out and then take your inspiration from each piece. I know I was taking my inspiration from the pieces while they were in their square. But now that they're out of their square almost like this one better this way rather than the way I painted it. It looks like this. I like this one this way. I love this one this way and I actually didn't like this in the full squares where they were all together and I love to, if you pick one colorway, like I was experimenting with the rough paper, which let me tell you, a rough paper might be a favorite. Because these look at that series. I almost want to go back now and I may do it as part of my own project. Do a big rough paper of this colorway because this rough paper just looks so cool and it looks different than the hot press and cold press. It has more texture and the ink, it just the way the ink reacted to it, it's super cool. Whereas this is a cold press this is a cold press. This is a hot press and I can tell the difference because this has a little bit of a watercolor texture to it and this one doesn't. It's completely smooth and let me tell you all the ones that I did on that hot press when I cut it out. They look so cool. I love the experiment that I did on this hot press paper. That's a hot press one. Cut them out, now we're looking at compositions and trying to evaluate what worked and what didn't. For me, this one still doesn't work. [LAUGHTER] But that's an interesting lesson because the one that I loved, which actually is not that different. You can see, we've got boop, boop. You know, we've got a little bit of mark-making. It's very similar in the layout, but to me this one works. This one doesn't. I want you to experiment with threes off-center, elongated versus more like a square, and just see how can you get that composition to work out for you. [NOISE] This one probably looks better this way to me, I liked that there's a swash and one color versus another color. I almost wish on this one we did like we did on this purple one, where we had just a dash of that color may be down here. This is too another reason why I like to go back and look at these and say, what's working for me and what isn't working for me? This one I actually like quite a bit. I didn't like it as much while it was still in its square, like it like this and I love that there's this dark element over here and then you've got some of the elements circling all of them, I like that particular draw that color out. Think about things like this, off-center it, can we draw the color out in some of these? Where are we going to have our dark element that I have focused on with some of these? Look at this, I love these black and antelope ones and I like that. It's coming in. We've got another element here, so we've got some movement. We're on the third for where they combine there we've got some little dots and lines drawing the eye around the piece. I don't want my pieces sitting like in the center. Unless it's got some other movement and direction or color or something drawing the eye into a a different way. I want to like this one this way. I do like this whole little series that I did. This was on that nicer Canson paper, I believe because it's the heavier watercolor I've got the watercolor texture, but it's a heavier cotton feel, I can feel it. I like this one a lot. But almost wish I had this little bit of a gray extended over here. That's interesting to take a look and say, it's almost there, but what would have made it better? I think if I had extended that gray a tiny bit that would have worked better for me on this one. [NOISE] I think I like it this way. I like that there's some dark here and some dark here and we're moving around that. I want you to think, how can we get some movement? Where is your dark element going? And maybe not center the dark element, but put the dark element to the left or the right or up above or below the center and see what can we get on some of these compositions? Let's see. Almost like it better that way and I liked that we've got some direction. This is not my favorite piece though and I liked that this one is cut up in three different units. That was a particularly favorite one of mine. This one almost wish there was a green element on this side. I didn't care for that particular layout. This one though I do like a lot better than the other one, feeling like it goes this way. It's interesting. You might have thought, I liked it better that way. Abstract artists, unusual and interesting. What I like about this one is we have some pull out of that color, not just the black, the dark paint gray that I was doing there. Pull some of the other colorways out of there. It doesn't have to just be the dark like this. I pulled the brown out. I want you to take all your pieces when you're deciding. I almost want you to cut them out before you do your larger pieces so that you can evaluate each piece. Because now I like that better than I did as a set, and like this one in this direction rather than the direction I painted it, interesting there and this might be my favorite. I love that one and the one that looks like a sailboat almost. Hope you have fun with a little project. I hope you do a ton of these. I want you to just be thinking a little bit about composition, but I want you to move fast. I don't want you to get hung up on it and when you cut these out then say, this is what's working, this is what's not working, and that's how we grow in our craft. I will see you back in class. [MUSIC] 10. Cutting up art: [MUSIC] In this project, I want to randomly do one of those bigger sheets and cut it up. [LAUGHTER] I'm just going to lay some color on here with the different inks that I want to play with, and then maybe do some mark making and see what part of this would we really enjoy. I feel, based on some other pieces that I've got sitting around me drying, that may be I want to do this in magenta and the yellow, and some paints gray, which you'll remember these are still wet and drying, but I want to go ahead and get this project drying. You'll remember that we just did that in our sample or class and I'm feeling I liked that. let's do a big cut-out piece with those colors, and we can just be random here where we put our color swatches and you know what, if you love the piece that you create doing this and you don't want to cut it up, that's fantastic too. [LAUGHTER] Look what I that just did. I'm not thinking of composition, I'm not thinking of where am I putting each color. With these cutout pieces, they're meant to be fun. I want to mix up and lay down color just anywhere that I'm feeling inspired to, and we can come back and add water in here. We can do some mark-making. These might end up looking terrible, but they might end up looking great. [LAUGHTER] When you're all done and you cut something out, you could possibly even come back and do mark-making with other things at that point. We can touch the edge there and look what it does. That was really fun the way that ballooned. You can even come back and drag some of these inks out further. I could go ahead and drag with some ink on my brush, and just see how those mix. I can grab a different brush. Just see if I roll this through here, what we'll end up, look at that right there. The goal here is just to cover our page and come back and do some mark-making. I could've been a lot more line, line, line, line, line like I did on some of the other pieces, but it's fun to just experiment in this way. I can get the color to move backwards. I think I want this to dry before I start, or do I? Maybe we want to go ahead and throw some paints gray in here. I like the way it meshes with the other colors, and at the same time has some areas where it's just that gray bar itself. Look how fun that is. Super fun. Then I've got a little tiny paper cutout from something else I've done, and I can just come through and look now and be like, look at that right there. I'm already feeling I'm going to like one of these. [LAUGHTER] This is my favorite part when you're just happy a little. Look at that one right there, happy, wonderful little surprises. I love the way that color is doing there, so yummy. That's all we're going to do on this. We're going to set this to the side and let it dry. Then when this is dry enough, we will come back and cut some little pieces out. I feel there's at least one that I might love, like right there, possibly we'll see. I need some ink up there, though I don't know. Let's just real quick. You can wait till these are dry to do the ink on here, but I like the way we get when it's wet. But once it's dry, especially right in here, we could come back and add ink on top of that and it'll be more of a crisp rather than blend in like that's doing. Let's let that dry and we'll come back to this piece. This one is dried a bit more, I thought I would just take my ink and do some more smearing around before we get to the cutting of this. I like this extra marks that we can get when some of it's dry and some of it's still doing its thing. Maybe we can come back in here, add some other lines, some other dots. We might like these dots. I know I like dots. Let's go ahead and take this opportunity just to add some extra in here. Then once it's completely dry, we'll be ready to explore and cut this up. You can use your paint pen to do this too, if you've got a little Posca paint pen, this will be great for paint pen stuff. But I'm trying to keep in my mind minimalist abstract, minimalist colors, minimalist supplies, that's where my mind is sitting. I don't want to come in and add 15 different types of art supplies on something that I'm really trying to go ahead and keep it a little more minimal and just see what I get. Well, I like that little mark making that we did there. As they're drying the lines are a lot more crisp, whereas when they were wet they blended. I'm still loving this right here. Right in there. Look at that one where we've added those dots in there, maybe right there. I'm feeling some good stuff in this one today. Let's go ahead now, set it to dry for real, and finish drawing. I think I'll walk away from my art room and set myself away from temptation. [LAUGHTER] Now I'm thinking about it. Before we actually walk completely away we can mark-make and do some dots and other colors. It doesn't have to always be the gray or the black that I'm trying to use here. But what if we came back in with this yellow that we were using and add some marks and dots and colors in that. That was too big, but that's okay. An extra fun little park here, throwing something in a color rather than just the dark gray. Come back in here maybe and draw some shapes with one of your things. At this point, you can't be thinking of, oh, I want to try this, but well, I ruin it because if you're always thinking am I about to ruin this piece, then you're never going to learn how to step outside that comfort zone and get some really crazy amazing things that maybe you would not have got otherwise. This is the piece to experiment with and don't worry about, oh no, I don't want to ruin it. I don't want to change it. Maybe I don't love this piece that I thought I was going to love. But we'll see, this is a piece to experiment and play on, and just see. That's why I like to do a whole bunch of these. Once you see when we're all done, how many of these actually did playing in class? [LAUGHTER] Some of these are not going to be successful, and some of these are going to be amazing, and it's the amazing ones that make exciting. If you only did one and then you're like, oh, I don't like the way this turned out, then you're not going to come back and do it again or you're not going to come back to your art room and explore later. You're not going to have the fun that you're meant to have. If you'll do a whole bunch and then pick out your favorite, then you get really excited because you've got some really great pieces that you didn't expect, and the other pieces we can just use for collage stuff in other projects. I don't mind having leftover crappy looking art because I can cut it up and make it into something else. [LAUGHTER] I love to cut stuff up. [LAUGHTER] Let's let this dry and I'll be back. [MUSIC] 11. Finishing our cut up art: [MUSIC] Let's take this piece. Look how pretty these colors are. I love that it's basically two colors on the main part and some Payne's gray, so we'll color it three colors. But I love these little areas where the pink and that yellow meshed in. What are we using? We're using this yellow. What are we using? I think we were using these two. But I love how those colors blend together in the areas where we let the wet water takeover. We have some very dark to very light, I love that, and then I love the contrast of the black. This was a fun piece. If you like it when you're done as it is, like you don't want to cut it up, then don't cut it up. [LAUGHTER] But I do love cutting stuff up and I have lots of little pieces, little frame things here in different sizes. I've got five by five, I've got five by seven, and I've got a six by six of just watercolor paper that I've cut strips of and then tapped together. This one is, I think three by three and then this is like, I don't know. What is this? Four by six maybe, three and-a-half by four and-a-half so little bigger than this three by three. Because I thought maybe if we like a little bigger piece, we don't have to cut little pieces out of these because I'm actually liken this, in my mind I'm looking at the composition and the color and thinking, do I love the composition and the color that I've got? I had somebody in a class asked me, do I cut the mat myself and no, I do not cut mat myself. I got these at the craft store so you can just anywhere that sales frames always sales pre-cut mats. Definitely go and grab some different sizes of these to just see what you can get. Then as you're looking around for your favorite pieces, turn the paper all around. It doesn't have to stay the way that you painted it. Like that one's really fun right there. But I really loved this section right here. When I was visually eyeballing it, I liked that there. I like this little black decoration that's on there, I like these whites, I like the movement that we've got going. But I also liked what was going on there. I like this size. I think I'm going to make some little mini collages today. These don't have to be great big giant pieces of works of art. Micro collages are really nice if you just take a piece of watercolor paper and mount these to the watercolor paper. I'm going to do this right here. I'm thinking rule of thirds when I'm looking for my key element. If I cut the paper into threes and cut the paper into threes the other way, where those four points meet, or like a third of the paper, a third of the paper both directions where those thirds meet, that's the most interesting section for the eye. This right here falls right there on that bottom third and these dots move the eye throughout the photo. I'm really loving this one. Let's just go ahead and claim that one, I don't think is really going to get much better than that there. That one's amazing. I'm going to go ahead and cut this out of here too, because this pencil is blending into the point where I don't want to lose it. Let's just cut the first one out. [NOISE] Then we'll see what we got left and then all the scraps of the things like this I save because they make perfect collage papers and I really love this maroon color. It's so delicious. [NOISE] There we go. We'll cut this right here. All these little scraps that we end up with, save those. Look how beautiful that is, oh my goodness, I love that one. Let me say, when I say take a piece of watercolor paper and mount that, we can take a big piece and we can cut out a bigger square and that can mount right in the middle of that square and be our finished piece. I love that. It's probably what I'm going to do with these but let's just see what else we got. I really loved this area up here. What do we think? See I like the way these come in. I like it right there on the corner. Maybe right there, I'm still thinking rule of thirds, what elements are in there? Is our eye moving around the frame? Yeah. Let's go ahead and cut that and let's just clean it. Sometimes I will do all my drawings at the same time, but this has so many marks and stuff that I'm afraid if I don't go ahead and cut the part that I loved, I will cut the wrong thing. Which on something like this, it's very easy not to be able to see all your marks and you cut the wrong thing. Then if you've got a pencil mark left on it, you can come back and trim. Look at that. See all my pencil marks. [LAUGHTER] I'm just going to trim all the little pencils off here. Look at that. Completely different yet you can see that it's part of the same little series. This is a pretty leftover piece. I'm really loving this element where we drew the circles in. Look at that, if we turn it this way now the elements at the bottom and we have movement coming in. We have these dots over here. Look at that one. Let's just think because I do like this one up. Look at that. I'm filling that right there, claim it. Let's claimed that one. [LAUGHTER] I love this whole piece of paper. This was a good choice to go with that magenta and that yellow that ocher color. Good choice. Little bit outside my normal color choice selections, a little bit outside my comfort zone but that's what I like about doing projects like this. Look how pretty that is, oh, my goodness. Let's step outside our comfort zone and make something we didn't expect. I'm feeling that way. Oh my goodness, I get so excited with the cutouts because I'm not going to create something like that. If I'm liking that. If I'm painting, I'm just not going to end up with a finished piece that I love. I'm going to do something where I'm like, I don't like how that turned out. I'm going to do this and right here. Lets claim that one right there. I want this a little more to the third which is like why I'm putting it right there. I want that to not be centered. There's nowhere else to go if I come further this way. I like it where the circles, you can't really see the bottom of it, we've got some nice tension there in the piece. I like that. This is not colors I wouldn't normally play with. In doing projects, especially like this for our workshop, I do all kinds of stuff that maybe I'm not going to do on my own sitting in my art table. It's like I give myself an assignment and then say, okay, we'll see what we can create and I love discovering things that I wouldn't have discovered otherwise. Look at that [LAUGHTER]. I think I'm definitely, I don't know. I'm liking that right there. These other pieces, we could cut these up for little gift tags. We could use these as collage elements, which I particularly liked to do. Look at this piece right here, that's super fun as like a collage piece or a gift tag. I could cut this up as gift tags or just leave it like this and put it in my collage basket. I got some really super fun pieces. I like that piece a lot. We could cut a bookmark out if we had enough for like a bookmark. One of these could be a bookmark like that right there. Great bookmark, this one right here. That would be a pretty bookmark, that right there. Anyway, here we go. Pretty. I'm loving all four of those. I hope you enjoy minimalist. Two colors and a mark-making, something that's what I want you to focus on with these, but look at how beautiful these turn out. It's so much fun, I've used colors I wouldn't normally gravitate towards, these are beautiful. Hope you'll love this project. This is one of my favorite ways to create, so I had to slip one in on this one too. [LAUGHTER] I will see you next time. [MUSIC] 12. Going Larger: In this project, let's take inspiration from one of our smaller pieces. They're still drying, so we're going to talk about these when they're all dry. But I'm really loving this one right here, which looks like a sailboat in a little bit, but it's very cool abstract to me. I like the way the bottom comes down and I like that it's gray. I love this Antelope in here, and I like the green, but do we want to do something besides the green? Maybe. But I think I'm going to go for one that's like this on my larger piece. Let me just see what we can get. You can take the piece down if you want. Well, we probably should do that and that'll keep the paper flat. That's going to be my inspiration for this larger piece. I like to go ahead and get some ideas going. Then maybe you let some stuff dry and think about it. Or maybe I'm so inspired like I am right at this moment that I want to go ahead after I've played. I'm like, here's some of the colors I love. Maybe I'm going to go ahead and scoot onto a bigger project and just see what we can get. I'm feeling that way. Let's just go ahead. Let's get some clean water because I got some dirty water there. I'm going to do some of this and then we can be letting this dry as we move back to our other little projects, which I really love. I love working on multiple things that are dry, so when I come back, I have all kinds of fun stuff to play in. Let's do this one in the Payne's gray. Man, I just love this gray. It's not coming out like some of these other colors. It could be that I haven't older bottle. But I still love what the gray does. I might take my brush and scoop some of this around, or we could just let it do its thing. But I don't want any little circles here. Somehow I've got a little pink in here. It's all right though. Super cool. Look at that. I'm loving that. Let's come up here. I'm not going to touch that color. But I definitely want enough water on here where we're going to see some fun stuff with the Antelope. Look at that do its thing. Let's just get a little more movement here with this darker shade. Wow, look at that. Super fun. Now, do we want to go back with the green? Because the green was pretty darn cool? Or did I really like one of these other colors even better? I don't think so. I like that green. Let's just see what it's going to do. This is all in green. Look at that. I want to come down a little bit with that water. Look how pretty that is. Then I want that to dry and I'll come back in with some yummy mark-making. We could at this point do a little mark-making but really feeling like I want it to be partially dry before I start trying to move some of this color around, and if you've got any buckling or great big puddles of water that you might not love, or maybe you love it. If you love it, leave it. If you don't love it, soak up a little bit of the water before you set it to the side to dry. That'll just keep that giant puddle that'll move that along a little faster. Then if you need to move any color around when you do that, you can come back in with your brush. Wish that brush had brown on it. That was very interesting. Another thing too, and we might do one more of these is you could dab other colors into your piece. You don't have to leave them all separate like I've done on this one. Some of the other ones I've really let those colors bleed into each other and I love it. I'm going to set this to the side and we'll let it dry. I might do another big one just off camera just because there's another one that I've done on that sheet that we were looking at that I particularly love, like this one right here. I might go ahead and tape another sheet of paper down and create a bigger one of those too. Let me set this to the side to dry and I'll be back. This one is not completely dry, but before it's completely dry, I want to come back in and do some of that mark-making that I did like on this smaller inspiration piece, and just see. What can I do? While there's still chance for some of the color to run in and add to it, what can we do? That's super fun. Might want to go ahead and have some splatter on this one. Let's just see. Just rubbing that brush all in there and let's just see. Look at that, oh my goodness. That's really fun. I think for now I'm going to set this to the sun and let it do its thing, and then we'll see it when it's dry. Here's the other piece I painted in the speedup for the second large one that I was thinking of. Look at this. This one, I do want to move these inks around before they're completely dry. Just why I'm coming back into this one now. Fun. I don't want too much. It's called minimalist abstract for a reason, but I do want some splatter on this one. Look at that. Get some of that going in there. This one might be my favorite. That's why I like to do more than one because the other one don't turn out like you thought, one of the other two or three or four that you did might turn out like you thought. Then do we want to let that dry really dark? I think I do. Why not? We are going to just let that do its thing and see what we get. I could also take this opportunity to move things around if I wanted. I could come back and add a little more color, but I'm really feeling it like we got it. Let's let that dry and then we can evaluate. I'm trying not to do stuff where you're not going to see it, but I thought this is so thick right here in the middle. What if I took some of that and just very gently coaxed it over here a little bit, and maybe coaxed a little of this, this way. I think that would be better than maybe the big dark being just in the center. Now we've spread that out a little bit, and I feel like that's going to be a better composition. Now I'm going to let that dry. If I've still got too much ink, say like right there in the center, don't forget, you could take like the edge of a cloth and you can soak up a little bit of your puddle so that it's not so dramatic. But some of these dramatic spots are the most interesting, so I wouldn't soak up too much of it. Just a dab if you need to. Now let's let this dry. Checkout how our big pieces turned out. This is the piece that I painted that was inspired by our little piece here on our little pieces, and I'll be honest, I do love the little one the best, but I am still loving this. The reason why I like to do a little and then let it inspire a big piece, whether it be just a duplicate of the piece that we did or changed up a little bit is because then you learn new challenges of how to take something from something small and relate that to something big. Did we use a bigger paintbrush? Did we get the proportions in the same that we wanted? Did the ink do what we expected? That kind of thing. I think you learn a lot by starting off little and moving to a larger piece when you do stuff like this, and that's why I love it. Whether the piece ends up your favorite or not is beside the point because I like to create more than one piece at a time, and I'll be honest, the second piece that I created, inspired by this piece here on that same paper. This I'm in love with. I mean, that turned out amazing. I could have that framed just like it is. I could tear the edges and let it have some nice deckled edges. We could do a lot with that, and I love the simplicity, two colors, and I just let them blend a little, did some speckle, did some marks, but it's all in just the two colors, talk about minimal. I want you to take several of the little pieces that you did and let those inspire some really large pieces, and see if you'll do like maybe four or at the minimum two but do like four of them and just see out of that four, did you get at least one that you love? I got this one that I love, so I'm super happy with this. What I really love about the bigger you go is the more blooms and separations that you get in the paint, and that's what I love. I love it with the watercolor and I love it with the inks. I love that it's not all the same. Just boring, straight color like it's just as pretty on this little one. That's the aspect that I like, the separations in the blooms and the interests that that adds. I'm not looking for big color washes of the same tone. I want that interest in there. Love that piece. We could make it go different directions. I'm almost thinking, it looks really nice like this way. I think I might leave it that way. Looks really nice in several different directions though. Depending on where I would hang this, I'd have to say which way we want that to go. This one same thing we could make it go, I love it that way actually. Turn these if you don't love the piece in the direction you painted it, turn it around and see what would it look like going other ways. I don't think it looks right that way, but I do actually love it that way. I love it more that way. Isn't that cool. I like this one this way, but what if we turned it? That's pretty cool too. I think that might be my favorite piece. I do really love that one too though. Definitely do at least two, four or five or six if you want to just sit here and play all day and you can throw them on the floor in-between each one you paint, let them dry, and then come back and show me your favorite one. I can't wait to see what you're painting today, and I will see you back in class. 13. Final Thoughts: [MUSIC] Hope you had fun today experimenting with minimalist abstracts with me using acrylic ink, but you're welcome to use watercolor or any other inks that inspired you or that you happen to have on hand, and I hope you got inspired to create a whole bunch of pieces with this technique. I'm looking forward to seeing the different pieces that you came up with. If you did the little pieces and then that inspired a big piece, I definitely want to see what big piece your little pieces inspired. This one that I did of the bigger piece that my little piece inspired, it's definitely like one of my very favorite that I've created. I'm pretty excited to have a new piece of art to take to the framer and add to another gallery wall in my house. Because let me tell you, I'm make a lot of art, I collect a lot of art. This is the best way to display a lot of art is to have it in gallery walls. I don't live in a big house, I live in a little townhouse because I'm not going to mow grass. [LAUGHTER] I'm running out of wall space and I was looking around the other day and I thought it could go up the stairs, because its got a real tall ceiling and we could just fill the whole thing. [LAUGHTER] I get really excited when I'm making a class, and I end up with a whole bunch of pieces that I love. I hope you get just as excited sitting at your little art table, playing in these little projects that I'm giving you and I can't wait to see some of the pieces that you've created. Come back and share those with me, and I'll see you next time. [MUSIC]