Abstract Painting | Palette Knife and Dripping Techniques | Suzanne Kurilla | Skillshare

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Abstract Painting | Palette Knife and Dripping Techniques

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    • 2.

      Palette Knife Techniques and Mixing Colors


    • 3.

      Details and Finishing Touches


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About This Class

In this class, I will go over all of the materials needed in order to get started. Also, I will show you step by step on how to build your layers throughout this painting. You will learn how to expand your painting skills and abstract techniques. I will go over how to use a palette knife and demonstrate right on the canvas. This class is great for Artists of any level! All are welcome. The colors used throughout this painting are inspired by the summertime and beach vibes! 

Supplies- (What I used)

  • Canvas
  • Acrylic paint- Artists Loft, Metallic Paint
  • Palette knife
  • Rag/Paper Towel

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Suzanne Kurilla

Art with Suzanne


Hello Everyone, I'm Suzanne and some areas I specialize in are Watercolor and Acrylic Painting. I have worked with students of various ages and artistic levels. I enjoy creating content and helping others on their creative journey.

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1. Intro : thank you for joining in today. And in today's class tutorial, I will be going over another abstract painting and some different techniques that you can use this specific one. I will be going over. Um, this is considered a palette knife painting, so there's a few different. Like I said, techniques and tips that I will go over. And there's some supplies there that I will also go over that you can use. And this is acrylic paint. It could be done in either or if you were doing oils. That's fine as well. With this particular one was done, it acrylic. 2. Palette Knife Techniques and Mixing Colors: first up, you can get your supplies and of course you're going to need your canvas and some acrylic colors. Your paints. I'm mainly using, like a blue white tan and then a little bit of like a metallic gold. And if anyone is curious, mine are the artist laugh brand. And like I said, this is the, um, they still sell them on Michael's. I don't think it was a limited edition. I'm pretty start. I'm pretty sure they're still available, but they are the metallic, the metallic ones which have a really cool like shine effect in certain lighting. But anyways, if you have, you know, regular acrylics will work just fine and you can choose whatever colors you wanted to be is also fine. And we're not gonna use brushes. We're going to use the palette knife instead. And I'm just getting started there with a little bit of the blue and the white, and you're basically going to put down a decent, decent size amount of paint and then drags the knife down, and then you can start to as you get used to it, you can apply a little bit of pressure a little bit less, and then you can start to go in different directions and you couldn't see the certain designs that it will make. And the key to these are to create many, many layers. So in the beginning, we just want to get all your colors down. And then, like I said, you could go back in and you couldn't dark in certain areas or light in certain areas. And it will tie everything Ellen together. And I mixed a little bit of green and their two to create a little bit more of like a turquoise. So that was just the white, an ultra marine blue and a little bit of a green. If you were following along with, um, my specific pattern here colors and this other blue that I just used is a little bit more of a peri winkle blue. So you definitely want to make sure that you have different, different values going up. Look, I always say your light, medium and darks, and for the middle section, I'm going to add a lot more white because I wanted to be a little bit brighter in the middle there. So again, I'm just putting down like a decent. It was like a small little blob. You want a decent amount of paint because then, like you have to be able to smooth it out and drag it in, um, either up or down, or how whatever direction it doesn't really matter. And then there's a little bit of a drip design there with the tan and then smoothing it out with the palette knife and then back to the ultra Marine in the corner and some white. I'm letting the middle portion dry a little bit on its own before I actually go in with the gold and right in the center. I placed it for just like a nice added detail, and if anyone was interested in those who was the artist left metallic paints, they were very inexpensive to if anyone was curious or very, very affordable. Very nice pains for any level beginners, people who were already experienced. It's great for any artist. And then I went back in with a little bit more of the deeper blue, the ultra Marine, just for a little bit more contrast, 3. Details and Finishing Touches : And in this last section I am just looking around and I'm gonna bright enough some of my whites that may have, you know, gotten a little lost or they're just No, not as bright as I'd like them to be. So I'm gonna punch them up a little bit, and then if I have any, um, little lumps or bumps, that's a little too much, a little too much pain in one area. I'm just gonna smooth them out a little bit and if you want to keep them there than just allow for some extra drying time And in the very end here, I did pull out a paintbrush to do my edges because you condone it like a little bit with the palette knife. But it's definitely a little bit difficult, so you can go ahead and use your brush for the edges. Thank you so much for watching. I hope you enjoy this tutorial and be sure to check back for more