Straw Painting Art Tutorial
Well, hello everyone! I hope you are ready for another abstract watercolor tutorial! I just love doing these. I think what I like most is (hopefully) inspiring others and helping them to discover that they can be creative :)
Watercolor paints and brush
Stiff board to tape your paper too (optional)
Masking Tape (optional)
Step 1: If you would like a nice border around your painting, tape your watercolor paper down to a board with masking tape.
Step 2: Choose your color palette for your painting.
If you aren't quite sure how to go about this you can pick colors that are next to each other on the color wheel. You could do: yellow, green, blue or red, orange yellow.
Step 3: Load up your paint brush with some nice water-loaded watercolor paint. You need the paints to be really runny for the straw technique to work.
Step 4: Drop some wet watercolor paint onto your paper and blow the paint around with a straw.
You can drip paint randomly all over your paper or try a more planned technique. For this painting here, I dripped the paint most heavily at the bottom of the paper and blew it upwards with the straw. You could also try dripping your paint in the center of the page and blowing it outwards in all directions. Just experiment and have fun!
Step 5: Continue to drip more paint onto your paper, alternating colors as you go. You can drip layers onto other wet drips or wait till the first drips dry. I did a little of both. If you drip wet paint into wet paint you can watch the colors mix on the paper! I find this fascinating!
Step 6. Keep layering until you are satisfied with the look of your painting, then let it dry completely. A blow dryer will speed up the process, but be careful. The air from the blow dryer may move your wet paint around.
Step 7: Carefully peel off the masking tape from the edges of your painting. Go slowly- the tape tends to rip the paper if you're not careful.
Sign your painting and enjoy your new abstract artwork!
For another abstract art idea, check out my Abstract Watercolor Tutorial.