Create a Swirled Abstract Painting

This was a rough one, guys. Not sure what I did wrong — maybe I added too much water to the paint, or maybe I used the wrong kind of canvas? — but it didn’t turn out how I imagined…

This is kind of how it was supposed to look, according this tutorial by Azure11.


Beautiful ocean wave-like paintings, right? Not so much for me.

Let me use this failure to say, be sure to buy the right kind of canvas for your painting project.

  • Cotton duck canvas is common and cheap, but easily stretched.
  • Linen canvas is weaved tighter than cotton duck canvas, making it ideal for detailed paintings
  • Watercolor canvas (as opposed to watercolor paper) allows the paint to stay wet longer
  • Canvas panels are what I use for these weekly paintings because they’re cheap and sturdy, but I wouldn’t necessarily recommend them for any serious projects

I honestly almost threw the painting away, it was a mess! Have you ever had a similar experience?


How to Paint an Abstract Landscape

Looking for an easy tutorial that can still teach you how to paint something you can proudly hang on your living room wall? Then check out How to Paint an Abstract Landscape with Acrylics by Robie Benve.

Using this tutorial, I paint a bold red and blue landscape that any beginner can do.

Have you ever painted an abstract piece? Tell me about it in the comments!