Choosing the right art supplies for your abstract project

For over a century, abstract art has been a crowd-favorite in the field, offering an effective outlet for budding creatives and professionals alike to experiment with various mediums. Not only has this form of work become a form of cultural expression, but it’s also a way to showcase ‘perplexing’ images that don’t always seem so obvious or easily defined. Often when we look at abstract art, a lot of interpretation is needed. That’s what makes it so special – it’s unique and employs techniques that sit ‘outside the norm’.

So if your inner creative is dying to come out and start experimenting, what are the supplies you’ll need to get started on your first project?

What are the different types of abstract art?

To know what kind of materials and resources you need to try your hand at this type of work, it’s important to understand the kinds of abstract art that form this category. For example, we teach our customers how to work with resin, alcohol ink and acrylic ink – as part of this art form.

Ultimately, the reason these techniques are considered ‘abstract’ is that they can use just about any kind of material and there really are no limits on how you choose to complete your piece. There are no rules you need to follow – only your creative voice and overall vision.

For the sake of this piece, we’re going to cover off three of the most common types of this category that we focus on, and the abstract art supplies you’ll need to get started.

Resin art

Epoxy resin is a type of material that’s highly versatile. Because it can be moulded and blended into various forms, it’s commonly used to create jewellery or to preserve particular pieces. Whether you’re creating paintings or coating an existing design, you will need a few staple materials to complete your project.

A few supplies include:

Alcohol ink art

Offering a fluid image and stunning blends of your favorite colours, alcohol ink art is becoming more and more popular across the field. As this type of technique evaporates a lot faster than others, you ended to work quickly, but once you get the hang of it, the results are always remarkable.

Essential supplies include:

  • Canvases or Yupo paper
  • Alcohol inks
  • Isopropyl alcohol
  • Blending solutions
  • A paint palette
  • Plastic droppers or application bottles
  • Blending tools.

Acrylic ink art

Using the method of pouring ink, this technique is commonly used on surfaces like wood and canvases. This process is also used across watercolour projects or to blend a number of media together.

Supplies you’ll need for this include:

  • Acrylic ink
  • Acrylic ink extender
  • Plastic cups
  • Popsicle sticks
  • Nitrile gloves
  • Paper towel
  • Apron or smock
  • Art board or canvas

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