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3 easy steps to create an amazing piece of abstract art

Published January 2, 2016, by Stina Axelson

Sometimes getting started with a piece of art can be scary, intimidating and frustrating. Your inner monologue is having a real go at you (and that’s a good day, on a bad day your inner monologue might be nowhere to be found and I think that’s even worse) Once you are done with your pieces of paper you will have an assortment of different styles and colours.

I have a huge box of all my treasured papers, which are really helpful when I want to move on the next step of the process which will be to turn the pieces of art into lovely objects. The possibilities are endless, and that’s why I love abstract art. Perhaps I will share more about that in the future.



Here are my three steps

Use a minimum of 5 pieces of paper and work on them simultaneously. I find that the more pieces of paper I have going on, and the quicker the process, I think less and just get into creating. To start of a piece and get rid of “the fear of the white paper” work on the whole image simultaneously. Try not to get caught in any detail until the composition is complete.

Tear, cut & Paste

Tear up pieces of paper that you have previously painted, magazine pages. Tissue paper or muslin fabric. Or all of them. Glue them to your papers. Choose one medium on each piece of paper. Quickly covering over the white paper will give you instant relief. I love the randomness of just adding layer upon layer. Tip! Use matte medium when you glue down the pieces. Other types of glues will crinkle the paper.

Get messy with paints

For some reason, I can´t get enough of running paint. (I use acrylic paint) I can stare at it all day and I get totally lost in the shapes that the running paint create. Use contrasting colours to create a strong effect. Keep a small spray bottle with water close, this Is essential for achieving the perfect abstract look. Paint randomly with your favorite colours and spray water on top, now lean the piece of paper so the paint starts to run. Et voilà!


The secret to a great piece is to have a lot of layers. The more layers and details the more interesting your piece will look. Start with tearing pages and gluing them down, after that cover the surface with acrylic paint using a sponge. To finish the piece off I use my favourite medium Gesso (which is almost like a plaster used in art). A tip is to keep a few nice stencils. Apply gesso using stencils and let it dry. This will create a nice 3D effect and make the piece more interesting.


I hope you enjoyed this little guide, feel free to comment! I would love to hear your thoughts.

Love Stina


Stina Axelson

Stina Axelson

Always making and creating and fun to hang out with. She finds it hard to follow instructions and keeps a box of treasured papers.


    Lisa Leffler

    Really useful advice, thanks Stina! A blank page scares me and has often made me leave the project in favor of some other activity. Quickly breaking the “ice” and pressure by just doing anything to cover an area of the paper helps a lot.

    magdalena delin morsten

    Thank you,sounds really inspiring will try!

    Stina Axelson

    Hi Magdalena,

    let us know if you do try it, we would love to showcase your work on our platforms! //Stina & The Craft Lab Team

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