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Journey into abstraction

Part 1 Join Linda Birch as she explores and develops her abstract painting processes

Inspiration

Poppies , acrylic ink, 7x912⁄ in. (18x24cm). This was treated in the same way as the finished abstract (right), this time using transparent acrylic inks. I decided to use brighter, more vivid colours for another painting, based on poppies. I chose coloured inks, some of which were diluted in water and the shapes defined as the previous painting, with ink lines. Because I kept the colours transparent and flat, with no shading, the result looks like stained glass.

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About Leisure Painter

Welcome to a new year of painting with Leisure Painter. We begin this month's tutorials with David Webb's new year-long series, Watercolour basics and beyond, where he takes you through essential watercolour techniques. This month, David discusses basic equipment and the first of the techniques: the wash. For all those who want a back-to-basics approach to drawing and painting, we have step-by-step demonstrations, illustrated techniques and practical advice in watercolour, acrylics and oils as well as drawing media. For those with more experience, you will find plenty of inspiration and practical instruction for painting portraits, landscapes, animals, still lifes, abstracts, a market scene and more. We're here to help you make the most of your favourite hobby.