Create abstract backgrounds: 12 top tips

Symphonies would lose their impact if they were all cymbals or violins, and the same is true with a painting. If every object is detailed to an equal degree, our eye doesn't know where to look. Often, combining a realistic centre of interest with a more abstract and textured background can act as an interesting balance.

This workshop focuses on some painting techniques you can use to create an interesting abstract background. Once you learn these basic procedures, you can apply them in many unique ways. 

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Award winner Scott says some of his ideas for paintings are "as simple as stopping at the sight of something interesting, while others may take more time to research than to paint".