Abstract Art Flower Painting Ideas
When it comes to decorating your home, flowers can be a great complement to your décor. I love to paint flowers. I generally paint abstracted flowers. Many surfaces in my home have become my canvas for painting them, too.
From wall décor to the bathroom, I’ll share with you some ideas for painting abstract flowers in your own home. I am not afraid of color. Often, my paintings and flower renditions are very bright, with the goal of dressing up an otherwise drab room. Flowers also make for fun crafts in general.
The first part of this hub gives step-by-step instructions to paint a window.
I also include ideas for painting projects for the living room and bathroom.
How to Paint Flowers On an Old Window
I painted this old window to dress up my front porch. It wasn’t too hard, but it took longer than I thought it would because of the drying time. However, it was well worth the effort – my porch has never looked better!
What You’ll Need:
- An old window (I found mine for $2 on Craigslist)
- 50% distilled vinegar/50% water solution to clean the glass
- Course-grit sandpaper
- Scraper or some type of chisel to get old paint off, if necessary
- Razor blade
- Palette knife
- Acrylic craft paint in your choice of colors
- #6 paintbrush (this can be bigger or smaller, depending on how big a surface you’re going to paint and how big you want your flowers – I include the size of brush I used here as a point of reference)
- A paintbrush to paint the frame - I used a 3/4" size brush
- Cup of water (for rinsing paint off)
- Paper towels (to try brush after rinsing)
Keep in mind that this is an old window. As I completed this project, I wasn’t looking for absolute perfection because I still wanted the window to look old.
1. If there’s old paint on the window, you’ll want to begin by scraping off the old paint with the scraper. I didn’t try to get all of it off. I just tried to get what would easily come off with the scraper.
2. Next, I took the course-grain sandpaper and sanded the old paint until it was fairly smooth. I didn’t completely smooth out the edges of the old paint as I wanted the old paint to help create a textured effect on the frame later on.
3. Take a paper towel and the vinegar/water solution and clean the glass.
4. If there is old paint on the glass, now is a good time to use a palette knife or razor blade to scrape off the old paint. With the glass clean, you’ll be able to see the paint more easily.
5. Rinse off the entire frame if necessary.
6. Let everything dry. You can sit the frame in the sun to help it dry faster, but keep in mind if you live in a humid climate, this process can take 24-48 hours.
7. Once the wood is completely dry, you’re ready to put the first coat of paint onto the frame. I chose “antique white” for the frame color. Apply two coats, allowing the first coat to dry before applying the second. Let dry completely. I used a size ¾” flat brush to apply the paint.
8. I also didn’t tape off the glass. If you get paint on the glass, it’s easy to wipe off the paint while it’s wet. Otherwise, I just got my palette knife back out and scraped off any stray marks of paint on the glass, once the paint dried.
Here's How I Painted the Flowers
Don't Forget to Practice!
9. While you’re waiting for the paint to dry, now is a good time to think about what kind of flowers you want to paint and what colors they'll be. It’s also a good idea to practice making those flowers on another surface beforehand so that you know exactly what you need to do when you go to paint on the glass.
10. I decided to paint daisy-like flowers. I chose three colors: lavender, magenta and sunshine yellow.
11. I practiced on a piece of foam board because the surface was smooth and it was similar to the smoothness of the glass. I dipped the paint into the main color – lavender, for example - and then on the other side of the brush, I dipped the end in magenta and yellow.
12. When you go to paint your flowers, you want the main color at the “top.” (See examples.) That way, the main color forms the outer edges of the flower petals and the minor colors make up the inner part of the flower petal.
13. It does take practice to figure out how much pressure to use and when to turn the brush to get the angle and shape you want – I think I painted about 4 different flower picture versions before I was satisfied.
14. I then got a scruffy-type brush and used the sunshine yellow to make the center of the flowers.
15. Once I was happy about practicing the flowers, I was ready to try painting on the glass. I alternated the main colors for each compartment on the glass.
16. After completely finishing and letting the flowers dry, I got two hooks and just using my fingers, screwed them into the top of the frame. I then threaded them with metal cord and hung it out on the porch.
17. You don't have to just hang it on the porch. The beautiful colors will dress up any room - you can hang it on the wall, in front of another window, and much more!
Paint Flowers on Wood
I found an old piece of discarded wood – I think it was leftover from a house project at some point. It was really big – 60”x48” – and very drab looking.
With four colors of paint, I created a fun abstract painting that now hangs in my living room.
I applied two coats of the base color magenta. Then, I got purple and with a small paintbrush, I made pointy oval shapes. I put five on each flower, for a total of three flowers. Then I added an orange center by stippling the brush on each flower. I took the last color, green, and made stem lines going to the bottom of the piece, along with one leaf shape.
Once everything was dry, I got that gold glitter fabric paint and made a fun border on each of the flowers, and went over the leaf with it.
The result is a dramatic flower painting that goes well with my southwestern décor.
If you try this, you’ll need four colors of acrylic paint in your choice of color. You’ll also need acrylic fabric paint that contrasts with the flowers. It might be fun, though, to choose monochromatic colors – different shades of red, for example, for the flowers and fabric paint. I think that would look really dramatic and beautiful.
Which one would you like to try?
Paint Flowers in the Bathroom
For my next project, I wanted to dress up my drab bathroom. Before adding flowers, it was all white, with neutral-colored tiles. I had a colorful shower curtain to which I matched up the colors with acrylic craft paint.
Before starting to paint on the wall, I made sure it was clean and clear of any debris or dust.
I practiced making the flower shapes on a piece of cardboard. Basically, I dipped one end of a small paintbrush in the main color I wanted, and then the other end of the brush in a secondary color to get some depth to the flowers. Once they dried, I took the handle-end of the brush and dipped it into black paint and dabbed the center of the flowers with the end of the brush – the end makes a near-circular shape. They’re reminiscent of the impatiens flower, and my bathroom is a lot more colorful.
If you try this, you’ll need acrylic craft paints in your choice of colors, a paintbrush, water to rinse the paint off when you change colors and a paper towel to dry the brush after you’ve rinsed out the brush.
© 2012 Cynthia Calhoun