Abstract acrylic paintings for beginners

Best Abstract Acrylic Paintings for Beginners

If you want to start painting without the pressure of rules, abstract acrylic painting by numbers may just be the thing for you. Abstract painting is meant to defy the norm, excite us and create a whole new wonderland. If that is something you would be interested in you’ve come to the right place.

We will be going over some abstract paint by numbers as well as a wide range of easy tutorials of acrylic paintings to make sure there's something for everyone's taste. So, get ready to bring your canvas to life with a bright unimaginable world where the rules no longer apply.

Abstract Animal Art on Canvas

If you’ve never touched the abstract world before, starting by painting animals might be a good choice as it's usually more structured.

Additionally, adding bright colors to the already incredible and majestic creatures creates a whole new acrylic adventure.

For the animal lovers, these projects are definitely something you should be trying. 

Let's now dive into these awesome tutorials and abstract paintings and let's get your artistic juices flowing!

Abstract cat paintings

Modern Colorful Cat Paint by Numbers

This beautiful cat with its bright acrylic colors is a perfect place to begin your painting journey. If you want something that will bring a room to life this project is exactly what you’re looking for. This cat’s big beautiful eyes are just dying to be painted.

Abstract and modern cat painting

Paint this Canvas

Vintage Cat Painting

While the other cat is definitely beautiful, this one has a more 70s vibe to it. If you want more of a funky vibe with bright acrylics and crazy shapes try this one out for size. Her bright piercing eyes look straight into your soul. Enjoy breaking the rules with this fantastic painting from the vintage paint by numbers collection.

Wall Cat Acrylic Painting

If you’re a cat lover and want to try painting your own project here’s a cat that might just be the perfect inspiration. Remember though, abstract art is about bending the rules, perfection is not acceptable. Be sure to have fun with this!

Wall Cat Painting

Dog Paintings Inspiration

Paint a Pug!

Is there anything more adorable than a pug? I’m here to tell you there is! A colorful pug! Here’s a tutorial to an awesome abstract pug acrylic painting! Perfect for beginners!

If you're looking for something more personal, you can even make a pet paint by numbers by sending a picture of you best friend.

Ideas for Elephant on canvas

While searching the internet for elephant painting by numbers I found a nice bohemian elephant that seemed to really want to be painted.

So, if you want to dive into some free style painting (and who wouldn’t, these painting kits always send us more paints than we need) here’s a nice tutorial on how to paint a bohemian elephant.

And if you want more Elephant inspiration here are a few awesome projects you can try no matter your level including this fabulous abstract painting found among the collection.

Elephant Abstract Painting

Abstract Lion Paintings

This painting is definitely one of my favorite animal paint by numbers: the Lion.

The majesty of the King of the Jungle is brought to life with bright acrylic paints that create a masterpiece.

Another colorful project that brings a little bit of the exotic into your household. And to think! You painted this masterpiece yourself! That definitely is deserving of some brownie points.

Colorful lion paint by numbers

Abstract flower paintings

Tulip bouquet

This tulip bouquet is truly the definition of abstract. Unlike our beloved animals, this painting has more subtle colors. Don’t let that fool you into thinking that they are boring, these tulips have an excitement and passion to them that bring a person to life.

More Abstract Flowers with Acrylics

The essence of abstract art is that you can do whatever you want with the paint. This tutorial gives you a few techniques to help you get right on your way to painting your own abstract flowers! Plus since they show you so many different flowers, you can make your very own beautiful bouquet.

Abstract flower painting

Abstract Woman Painting

The Beauty of Dance

This painting is my all-time favorite abstract painting, (besides, of course, Van Gogh). The elegance and grace of the dancer leap off the canvas with a beauty that is breathtaking.

And would you look at those colors? If you want to try something that is a beautiful work of art look no further than this dancer.

African Woman

If you want something a little more stationary, you can try this beautiful African woman. Imagine what she could be thinking. This tutorial will take you through how to create this work of art.

More Abstract ideas

The trick with abstracts, however, is to know a couple of techniques and then create whatever you want! So, with that in mind, here is a tutorial on how to add texture to your abstract painting.

Textured abstract painting

Here are a few other basic techniques that you can add to your tool kit and to create your very own masterpiece.

How to paint abstract

Here is another tutorial on a pouring technique that creates incredible and unexpected products. This one is super easy to do with your extra paints and is one of a kind. Not even you can know what will come of it!

How to pour acrylic paint

Here are a series of awesome abstract painting tips that can fix any artistic block. If you’re looking for inspiration, here is a list of tips that can get those artistic juices flowing again!

Painting idea

Finally, if you want something very basic but very beautiful try out this tutorial that adds some copper tape to the canvas.

Easy Abstract Painting

Inspiration from famous acrylic abstract expressionists

The best inspiration comes from the experts. Here are a few iconic painters of abstract expressionism. This artistic movement started after World War II in New York in the 1940s. I hope you like the selection!

Jackson Pollock

This first artist’s most famous paintings were from his drip period. This is one of those paintings titled “No. 5” painted in 1948.

Jackson Pollock No 5

This next painting is from a darker period of his painting. After reaching his peak in drip art he abruptly switched to a darker black and white abstract where he introduced figures. This type of painting was not as popular. This particular one is titled “The Deep” and was painted in Paris in 1953.

Jackson Pollock The Deep

Barnett Newman

Barnett Newman is considered another iconic painter of the abstract expressionist period. He worked more with colors creating some truly beautiful works of art.

This first painting is titled “Onement 1” and was painted in 1948. It is currently exhibited in the Museum of Modern Art in New York.

Barnett Newman Onement 1

This next painting was painted in 1950 and is titled “The Voice”.

Barnett Newman The Voice

Finally, this last painting is titled “Untitled 2” and was painted in 1948.

Barnett Newman Untitled 2

Richard Pousette-Dart

Our next painter is Richard Pousette-Dart. This painter is known for adding a Gothic or Byzantine element to his paintings. This first one is called “Symphony No. 1, The Transcendental” painted in 1941-42. It is currently hanging in the Metropolitan Museum.

Symphony No. 1, The Transcendental

This next one is titled “Savage Rose” and was painted in 1951.

Richard Pousette-Dart Savage Rose

Arshile Gorky

Arshile Gorky is an Armenian American painter and is considered one of the most influential painters of abstract expressionism. It is believed that his art was inspired partially by the loss he experienced in the Armenian Genocide. This first painting is titled “The Artist and His Mother” and was painted between 1926 and 1936.

Arshile Gorky The artist and his mother

This next one is titled “Portrait of Master Bill” and was painted between 1929 and 1936.

Arshile Gorky Portrait of master bill

Mark Rothko

Our last painter is Mark Rothko. What’s interesting about him is that he refused to adhere to any artistic movement, but he is considered to be quite influential to Abstract Expressionism. This first painting is titled “No. 3/No. 13 (Magenta, Black, Green on Orange)” Painted in 1949. It is currently in the Museum of Modern Art.

Mark Rothko No 3 No 13

This next one was painted during the Second World War and is titled “Archaic Idol”. He, as well as his contemporaries, translated the horrors they saw in World War II into their art. Specifically, in this one, Mark Rothko looks towards other cultures to find the meaning lost in the war.

Mark Rothko Archaic Idol


Whether you are painting an easy paint by numbers or trying something on your own, remember to add a bit of yourself to it. Abstract is about expressing oneself and that is exactly what these expressionist painters did.

Some expressed feelings of loss, others a search for something new, and still others chose to explore colors or shapes. Yet each one adds a little part of themselves. I hope this post helps you on your abstract artistic journey.

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