Total Abstraction: Paint Your Own Abstract Masterpiece

Photo by Sharon White Photography

“Summertime is all about the sunshine and the outdoors. It’s our chance to put away the dark palette of winter and pull out some light and bright colors. After viewing an exhibition of Richard Diebenkorn’s Ocean Park series, I was enchanted with his cool and fun palette of colors. In this project I borrow both Diebenkorn’s linear style and his color palette to play with. With only a few materials and free range to use your most favorite colors, you can spend an enjoyable afternoon creating your own masterpieces. After all, who doesn’t like some playful stripes to liven up a wall or two?” – Chris Cozen

Project Details

Artist: Chris Cozen

Instructions: The instructions for this project can be found in the Fall 2018 issue of Cloth Paper Scissors magazine.

Techniques included in this project: Creating a mixed-media abstract piece, incorporating washi tape with paint, painting abstractly, integrating line and color, creating a cohesive color palette.

Photo by Chris Cozen


  • Cradled gessoed board, 6″ x 6″ or 8″ x 8″
  • Fluid acrylics (I used Golden® Artist Colors in Teal, Titan Buff, Cobalt Blue, Hansa Yellow Light, Bone Black, and Pyrrole Red.)
  • Paintbrushes, an angle or flat brush and a fine-tip brush for details
  • Low-tack tape (I used Duck Brand® Clean Release® Painter’s Tape.)
  • Pencil, No. 2
  • Ruler
  • Washi tape or thin strips of collage paper
  • Golden Artist Colors Semi-Gloss UV Topcoat
  • Silicone or rubber scraper (I used a bowl scraper I found at a kitchen store.)

The Fall 2018 digital and print issues of Cloth Paper Scissors feature great inspiration like this, plus much more!


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