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Abstract Art Flower Painting Ideas

Cynthia is a digital marketer, writer, and artist. She writes about a variety of topics, especially languages, art and culture.

Beautiful abstract flowers!

Beautiful abstract flowers!

Painting Flowers

When it comes to decorating your home, flowers can be a great complement to your décor. I love to paint flowers. I generally paint abstracted flowers. Many surfaces in my home have become my canvas for painting them, too.

From wall décor to the bathroom, I’ll share with you some ideas for painting abstract flowers in your own home. I am not afraid of color. Often, my paintings and flower renditions are very bright, with the goal of dressing up an otherwise drab room. Flowers also make for fun crafts in general.

The first part of this hub gives step-by-step instructions to paint a window.

I also include ideas for painting projects for the living room and bathroom.


Dress up an old window with fun flowers!

Dress up an old window with fun flowers!

How to Paint Flowers On an Old Window

I painted this old window to dress up my front porch. It wasn’t too hard, but it took longer than I thought it would because of the drying time. However, it was well worth the effort – my porch has never looked better!

What You’ll Need:

  • An old window (I found mine for $2 on Craigslist)
  • 50% distilled vinegar/50% water solution to clean the glass
  • Course-grit sandpaper
  • Scraper or some type of chisel to get old paint off, if necessary
  • Razor blade
  • Palette knife
  • Acrylic craft paint in your choice of colors
  • #6 paintbrush (this can be bigger or smaller, depending on how big a surface you’re going to paint and how big you want your flowers – I include the size of brush I used here as a point of reference)
  • A paintbrush to paint the frame - I used a 3/4" size brush
  • Cup of water (for rinsing paint off)
  • Paper towels (to try brush after rinsing)

Instructions

Keep in mind that this is an old window. As I completed this project, I wasn’t looking for absolute perfection because I still wanted the window to look old.

1. If there’s old paint on the window, you’ll want to begin by scraping off the old paint with the scraper. I didn’t try to get all of it off. I just tried to get what would easily come off with the scraper.

2. Next, I took the course-grain sandpaper and sanded the old paint until it was fairly smooth. I didn’t completely smooth out the edges of the old paint as I wanted the old paint to help create a textured effect on the frame later on.

3. Take a paper towel and the vinegar/water solution and clean the glass.

4. If there is old paint on the glass, now is a good time to use a palette knife or razor blade to scrape off the old paint. With the glass clean, you’ll be able to see the paint more easily.

5. Rinse off the entire frame if necessary.

6. Let everything dry. You can sit the frame in the sun to help it dry faster, but keep in mind if you live in a humid climate, this process can take 24-48 hours.

7. Once the wood is completely dry, you’re ready to put the first coat of paint onto the frame. I chose “antique white” for the frame color. Apply two coats, allowing the first coat to dry before applying the second. Let dry completely. I used a size ¾” flat brush to apply the paint.

8. I also didn’t tape off the glass. If you get paint on the glass, it’s easy to wipe off the paint while it’s wet. Otherwise, I just got my palette knife back out and scraped off any stray marks of paint on the glass, once the paint dried.

Here's How I Painted the Flowers

Flowers on wood - as hanging in my living room.

Flowers on wood - as hanging in my living room.

Don't Forget to Practice!

9. While you’re waiting for the paint to dry, now is a good time to think about what kind of flowers you want to paint and what colors they'll be. It’s also a good idea to practice making those flowers on another surface beforehand so that you know exactly what you need to do when you go to paint on the glass.

10. I decided to paint daisy-like flowers. I chose three colors: lavender, magenta and sunshine yellow.

11. I practiced on a piece of foam board because the surface was smooth and it was similar to the smoothness of the glass. I dipped the paint into the main color – lavender, for example - and then on the other side of the brush, I dipped the end in magenta and yellow.

12. When you go to paint your flowers, you want the main color at the “top.” (See examples.) That way, the main color forms the outer edges of the flower petals and the minor colors make up the inner part of the flower petal.

13. It does take practice to figure out how much pressure to use and when to turn the brush to get the angle and shape you want – I think I painted about 4 different flower picture versions before I was satisfied.

14. I then got a scruffy-type brush and used the sunshine yellow to make the center of the flowers.

15. Once I was happy about practicing the flowers, I was ready to try painting on the glass. I alternated the main colors for each compartment on the glass.

16. After completely finishing and letting the flowers dry, I got two hooks and just using my fingers, screwed them into the top of the frame. I then threaded them with metal cord and hung it out on the porch.

17. You don't have to just hang it on the porch. The beautiful colors will dress up any room - you can hang it on the wall, in front of another window, and much more!

Paint Flowers on Wood

I found an old piece of discarded wood – I think it was leftover from a house project at some point. It was really big – 60”x48” – and very drab looking.

With four colors of paint, I created a fun abstract painting that now hangs in my living room.

I applied two coats of the base color magenta. Then, I got purple and with a small paintbrush, I made pointy oval shapes. I put five on each flower, for a total of three flowers. Then I added an orange center by stippling the brush on each flower. I took the last color, green, and made stem lines going to the bottom of the piece, along with one leaf shape.

Once everything was dry, I got that gold glitter fabric paint and made a fun border on each of the flowers, and went over the leaf with it.

The result is a dramatic flower painting that goes well with my southwestern décor.

If you try this, you’ll need four colors of acrylic paint in your choice of color. You’ll also need acrylic fabric paint that contrasts with the flowers. It might be fun, though, to choose monochromatic colors – different shades of red, for example, for the flowers and fabric paint. I think that would look really dramatic and beautiful.

Paint Flowers in the Bathroom

For my next project, I wanted to dress up my drab bathroom. Before adding flowers, it was all white, with neutral-colored tiles. I had a colorful shower curtain to which I matched up the colors with acrylic craft paint.

Before starting to paint on the wall, I made sure it was clean and clear of any debris or dust.

I practiced making the flower shapes on a piece of cardboard. Basically, I dipped one end of a small paintbrush in the main color I wanted, and then the other end of the brush in a secondary color to get some depth to the flowers. Once they dried, I took the handle-end of the brush and dipped it into black paint and dabbed the center of the flowers with the end of the brush – the end makes a near-circular shape. They’re reminiscent of the impatiens flower, and my bathroom is a lot more colorful.

If you try this, you’ll need acrylic craft paints in your choice of colors, a paintbrush, water to rinse the paint off when you change colors and a paper towel to dry the brush after you’ve rinsed out the brush.

© 2012 Cynthia Calhoun

Comments

Cynthia Calhoun (author) from Western NC on January 30, 2017:

Hehe, thanks, Sherrye! I appreciate you stopping by. I definitely am addicted to painting/drawing/planting flowers. :D

Sherrye Barrow from Tucson, AZ on January 29, 2017:

Really enjoyed this hub...very well thought out and put together.I paint on windows myself.I have never tried abstract flowers though.Yours are quite playful and colorful.Voted up.

Cynthia Calhoun (author) from Western NC on December 18, 2013:

Fiona - thank you so much! Wood is good, too. That was my FIRST medium, haha.

Fiona from South Africa on December 17, 2013:

I love the idea for using an old window - although I would probably start by painting on wood initially. I love the colours used - so pretty.

Cynthia Calhoun (author) from Western NC on January 31, 2013:

Jeffn19 - awesome. I don't generally allow links in my comments, but I'll allow it so people can see. Have a great day!

Jeffn19 from Boston, MA on January 31, 2013:

Awesome. We do house painting in Groveland MA and sometime get requests for painting the house windows. We have never gone through with it, but would consider doing certain things like this! http://www.olympicpainting.com/painting-groveland-...

Cynthia Calhoun (author) from Western NC on December 27, 2012:

SkeetyD - aw, thank you so much! I had a lot of fun doing it and I love staring at my little painted window on my porch. :)

SkeetyD on December 27, 2012:

Innovative and beautiful hub. This is one of the prettiest hubs I have ever seen. Well done! Voted up and shared!

Cynthia Calhoun (author) from Western NC on December 27, 2012:

DDE - thank you so much! :)

Devika Primić from Dubrovnik, Croatia on December 27, 2012:

Brilliant ideas and so creative thanks

Cynthia Calhoun (author) from Western NC on December 26, 2012:

Vicki - haha, I thought you knew I could paint. haha. I wouldn't go "pro" but I sure do have fun painting stuff. Thank you for the shares, too!

Tillsontitan - haha, you're the one who's AMAZING! Thank you so much for the votes and shares and I appreciate your feedback. :)

Mary Craig from New York on December 26, 2012:

I need an amazing button! This hub is amazing and you dear, talented lady are amazing! What a great idea and so beautifully done, btw, your window is amazing....did I say I think you're amazing?

I voted all buttons (except funny) and happily shared. Really...well, amazing. Oh, and your video...amazing!!! Definitely should be HOD!!

Victoria Lynn from Arkansas, USA on December 26, 2012:

Wow, you can paint, too! You are multi-talented, CC! Love the flowers on the window. Pinning this one for future reference--in case I get brave! :-)

Cynthia Calhoun (author) from Western NC on September 23, 2012:

Jezebellamina - I LOVE that window on my porch. It gives the whole space a different look and feel. I found myself standing outside yesterday starting through the window, daydreaming. Hehe, apparently it has that effect on me. :D Thanks for your feedback. Cheers!

Jessica from Dallas, TX on September 22, 2012:

Very cool! What a sweet way to add charm to your porch! I love your ideas, thanks for writing an informative hub showing us all how we can do it too :)

Cynthia Calhoun (author) from Western NC on September 11, 2012:

Bill - haha, well, if it's any consolation, I had to turn my notifications off. I was forever deleting emails from my inbox. Now, I go into the "following" tab and click on "hubbers I follow" and I see their latest hubs that way. :) I had fun with this one. I'm about to publish another....Hubhugs to you!

Bill Holland from Olympia, WA on September 11, 2012:

Darn it Sis, I'm not getting notified again on your hubs. This is a great hub and I can't believe I'm so late getting here. Love this idea....you are so creative and talented!

Cynthia Calhoun (author) from Western NC on September 10, 2012:

Terrye - hehe, AWESOMESAUCE. I LOVE it! :D I have another one of these comin.' Hehe...I hope by tomorrow.

Terrye Toombs from Somewhere between Heaven and Hell without a road map. on September 10, 2012:

CC; fabulous! You are so creative it makes me wanna blarf. :) Seriously, this is total awesomesauce! Voted up and shared.

Cynthia Calhoun (author) from Western NC on September 10, 2012:

DS - hey there! Great to see you! Thank you for your feedback. I definitely really tried to cover my bases on this one. It's fun to do these kinds of crafts - and you dress up drab spaces, too. :) Great to see you!

Glen Nunes from Cape Cod, Massachusetts on September 10, 2012:

Nice work (the flowers, the hub, and the video). There are a few spots in my house that could use a little touch-up. I'll have to practice this technique.

Cynthia Calhoun (author) from Western NC on September 09, 2012:

Carol - thank you so much! I'm a creative person, for sure...almost to a fault, hehe. I appreciate your kind words and feedback. :)

MM - Thank you! I hope you try some of these ideas! With your eye for detail, I bet you'd have a masterpiece. Cheers!

Gypsy48 - Thank you so much! I really like painting on wood and just about anything else is apt to become my "canvas." Hehe.

Aviannovice - That's EXACTLY what we're using like 10 old windows for. We are in the process of making cold frames right now! :) Great ideas!

Randomcreative - Yeah, I like more abstract flowers when I'm painting. When I'm taking photographs, I love the macro, detailed setting for them, but with painting, I love crazy shapes and colors. :)

SusieQ42 - Have fun! Don't forget to make a hub about it. I know we'll want to see your beautiful creation. :)

Teaches - It's really fun to take an object and turn it into something new that makes a space more beautiful. I appreciate your feedback and awesome insights. :D

Om - I definitely love making a space more welcoming. You just made me think of those awesome kitchens you wrote about. :D I love making beautiful spaces - and doing it yourself! Thanks for stopping by!

Om Paramapoonya on September 09, 2012:

Very cute! The paintings really make your porch and bathroom look more interesting and welcoming. Plus, turning an old window into a decorative item instead of throwing it away is very eco-friendly!

Dianna Mendez on September 09, 2012:

This is a great way to create beauty in a space that needs some attention and covering. I love your creations and the colorful flowers. Also, you have really shown your talent here with your creative hub design. Enjoyed this post and voted up and beautiful.

SusieQ42 on September 09, 2012:

Lovely idea! I love to paint flowers so I'll have to try one of your ideas. Thank you for sharing with such detail!

Rose Clearfield from Milwaukee, Wisconsin on September 09, 2012:

Your re-purposed window is awesome! All of my flower designs always end up being abstract, too. It's a lot easier for me than trying to replicate photos. :) Thanks for all of the great photos and tips.

Deb Hirt from Stillwater, OK on September 09, 2012:

Great work, CC! It looks great, and you can admire your work for years to come. We used to use old windows and made cold frames out of them for spring seedlings. The glass made a nice little greenhouse and we put cement blocks between the ground and the windows to let the excess heat escape.

Gypsy48 on September 09, 2012:

Gorgeous work cclitgirl. I love the instructions. I just started painting on wood myself and like it much better than painting on canvas. You are so talented, keep sharing your ideas with us! Awesome hub:)

Movie Master from United Kingdom on September 09, 2012:

An awesome idea Cindi and your flowers are beautiful!

Thank you for sharing your inspirational and creative ideas and explaining the process so well!

Voting up.

carol stanley from Arizona on September 09, 2012:

I love your ideas..You are definitely creative and inventive. I am going to bookmark this. Thanks for sharing.

Cynthia Calhoun (author) from Western NC on September 09, 2012:

Vellur - Thank you so much! Painting is so much fun! Great to see you. Happy Sunday!

MoiraChrochets - fun, fun! Gitcha a window and start paintin'. :D

Julie - oh, hehe. You crack me up. :D I suppose I am a crafty log chopping artist/writer. :P You know, I just used Publisher to make the one photo, but the rest are just from my trusty camera. Thanks for comin' by. Happy Sunday!

Blurter of Indiscretions from Clinton CT on September 09, 2012:

So, let me get this straight: you are a damn good writer, and a crafty frugal log chopping artist? Save some for us! :) Excellent job! Love the photos too...did you use PicMonkey ? :P

Moira Durano-Abesmo from Sagay, Camiguin, Philippines on September 08, 2012:

Love this idea! Got to try this soon. ",)

Nithya Venkat from Dubai on September 08, 2012:

Awesome, the paintings you have done are so beautiful and you have explained how to do it very clearly. Voted up, awesomely creative.

Cynthia Calhoun (author) from Western NC on September 08, 2012:

Alocsin - it's fun bringing an old thing back to life. It seems like that's just a good thing to do. LOL. Yeah, you can get them pretty cheap and it's fun to do a little décor with them for sure. Thanks for stopping by!

Aurelio Locsin from Orange County, CA on September 08, 2012:

What a great idea to bring life to an old window. I often see these blank panes of glass at swap meets, and for cheap, but never knew what to do with them. Your hub provides inspiration. Voting this Up and Useful.

Cynthia Calhoun (author) from Western NC on September 08, 2012:

Julie - it was fun doing this project. :) Thank you for the votes and shares. Hubhugs to you!

Glimmer Twin Fan - hehe, thank you for the pins. While the wood painting wasn't fabric, you DID give me a good idea. :D Thank you.

Faith Reaper - it sounds like your kitchen is a beautiful place to be - we spend so much time in our kitchen, it's worth it to make it inviting and beautiful. Thank you for your feedback. :)

Faith Reaper from southern USA on September 08, 2012:

This hub is fantasic!!! I love old windows, as I do have one over my kitchen sink, and it adds so much charm and character. In this home, I do not have a real window to look out while I am standing at the sink, but I do have a very large window at one end of the kitchen area where the breakfast eat-in area is located, so I do have a lot of light, but I sure do miss my kitchen sink windo. I did not paint abstract flowers or anything on mine, but since I love Monet and his paintings, I put a print behind it and it looks as though I am looking outside at a beautiful view. Great hub. In His Love, Faith Reaper

Claudia Mitchell on September 08, 2012:

These ideas are beautiful and at first glance I thought the wood painting was fabric. Pinned this and voted up!

Jools Hogg from North-East UK on September 08, 2012:

Cyndi, I think the painting of the flowers on the windows look particularly effective and the window frame has a lovely rustic feel to it. Great hub, voted up and shared.