Abstract Project Watercolours

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Materials needed

  • 1 pencil and eraser (for the sketch/design)
  • Canvas or watercolour pad
  • Watercolour pallet or tubes
  • 1 small Paintbrush
  • 1 cup with a bit of water

About Watercolours

This medium helps artists produce both delicate and bold effects. There are several ways to use watercolour paint, and here are two ways:

Option A: Use a wet paintbrush and then go to the palette and mix it with the colour which usually gives you a bold colour.

Option B: Paint the area you want to colour with soft strokes using a wet paintbrush with clean water (remember to change the water often so you don’t bring unwanted colours to the colour you are using) and then dab the paintbrush in the watercolour palette and bring the colour to the paper or canvas.

In most cases, we have used a bold effect inside the border and a more delicate and soft effect on the inside area


  1. Draw some scribbles with rounded shapes using a pencil, so you can erase any parts if there is something you don’t like. The more scribbles you make, the busier it will look and the more care you need to have when painting, as each area will be smaller and would require more attention. So we recommend you start with a few and controlled scribbles.
  2. Think about the colours you would like to use, ideally you can choose 3 or more.
  3. Start using the lightest colour and go from lightest to darkest. We started with yellow.
  4. Fill in different areas of your drawing and make sure you don’t have the same colour on 2 areas that are next to each other if possible.
  5. Apply the second colour of your choice, following the same steps above, and move on to the next colour after that. We picked these colours in this order, yellow, orange, pink, magenta, blue and last green.
  6. Let it dry completely and once dry you can do the outline using a fine marker, a black coloured pencil or a black oil pastel.

Well done, your artwork is ready!


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