Simple patterns and shapes can form the basis of an abstract masterpiece. Decide where you want to place the artwork and work out a colour scheme that matches your room. Tips: Vary the pressure you apply with your brush to create texture with your paint. For added texture change the direction of your brush strokes and add more paint in selected areas. When you need to change colour, make sure you rinse your brush completely clean. Use a rag to blot your brushes before you dip them in the paint again. This stops the paint from running down the ferrule and dripping onto your canvas. Apply less paint on your brush to achieve tonal variations.

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Step 1: Practice

Play around with your design by sketching it on paper and colouring it in with coloured pencils. If you want you can use the template provided. Once you’re happy with your sketch, lightly trace the outline onto your canvas using a soft pencil.
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Step 2: Blending colours

Squeeze some colour from the tube onto your palette. Add different colours together to get your design hue. Use a brush to mix the paint together to get a smooth consistency.
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Step 3: Start painting

Paint in layers. Start with the colours that form your background, leaving other areas for your design paint free. Using a dry brush, use broad sweeping strokes to fill in colour.
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Step 4: Drying time

Let your background dry before you paint the rest of your design so that the colours don’t run. Use a contrasting colour to paint your pattern. Create texture in the foreground by using a circular motion with the brush.
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Step 5: Edge to edge

Remember to paint along the sides of your canvas for a professional finish. Once it is completely dry (around 2 hours) you are ready to hang your painting!
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