Abstract Art + Lettering on Wood with Walnut Hollow

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Lately, I've been playing with various ways to bring my two favorite forms of art together: "abstract" acrylic painting and lettering. Lots of artists I follow on Instagram do this brilliantly (my favorite being Caroline of Made Vibrant), but I am searching for my own brand of art that mixes these two loves of mine!

With the help of some gorgeous Walnut Hollow pieces, I am getting closer and closer to finding my favorite new style!

Walnut Hollow specializes in wood surfaces, tools, and accessories for the crafter, hobbyist, and artist to bring their creative vision to life! Wood is something I've always been interested in using, but I had never found the right piece....that is, until now! I'm going to give you the EASIEST step-by-step tutorial on how to create a unique, eye-catching piece of art that combines some *light* abstract painting with some easy monoline lettering. 

Let's get into it!

What you'll need:

+ A pencil with eraser

+ Acrylic Paint in the colors of your choice (I use this brand, in these colors: Cameo Pink, Kings Gold, White, and Admiral Blue)

+ Paintbrushes of choice (I recommend a one suited for covering large surface areas, and a detail brush)

+ A cup of clean water for cleaning your brush

+ A paper towel for blotting your brush

+ White chalk marker or paint pen (I use this one and this one)

+ Wood piece of your choice from Walnut Hollow (I'm using the Basswood Country Plank)

Sketch an outline

I'm all about making things *fool proof,* and abstract art is no exception. Abstract art doesn't have to be difficult or complicated. It can be as simple as some pretty blocks of color in colors that look great together. I began by sketching out a rough outline of where I wanted my color blocks to go. I used a good ol' No. 2 pencil for this step. Nothing fancy needed here!

Let's add color

Starting with King's Gold, I placed the paint directly onto the wood surface in the area I wanted my yellow-gold color block to be. If you don't feel confident in your ability to stay within the lines this way, you can use a palette to hold your paint too. One thing to note about painting on an unfinished wood surface like this is that the paint will soak in rather quickly. This is good! For one, you don't have to wait very long for coats to dry (I'm impatient). You also might have to use more paint than expected since the wood loves to drink this paint up. 

Once you finish this color block, move onto the next.

I applied a coat of Admiral Blue and Cameo Pink to the remaining empty blocks.

As you can see, I'm not worried about perfectly straight edges or even coats of color. This is just the first coat! In the next, we will add some depth and clean up the lines.

Add some interest in the second coat

This time, I'm going to add a touch of white to my dark blue to create depth. You can put the dark blue color and a little white on a separate palette (I use an old tupperware lid) and picked up both on my brush. Mush the colors around until it's blended to your liking. I like mine to be *almost* blended.

Now do the same with the yellow and pink and use a detail brush to clean up those edges, creating a clear division between colors!

I decided my pink sections needed a bit more 'interest,' so I added some Tropic Orange drops to the surface and blended those out with white and pink. 

Add your lettering!

I moved this part to my desk because that's where I can do my best lettering! First, I used a pencil to sketch out the quote I want on my painting. I am going with "You are so capable of amazing things."

I grabbed a white chalk marker to complete the monoline lettering! I traced directly on top of the pencil, and will erase it after.

I used a fine tipped paint pen to square off the edges of my letters, giving them a little more character. 


I'm going to keep this by my desk where I can be reminded of all the amazing things I tell myself I am capable of ;)


Will you be trying your hand at combining abstract art and lettering? Or will you stick to just lettering? Either way, you have to take a look at the inventory of new wood pieces Walnut Hollow has to offer. Up next for me? Doing some cool stuff with this framed sign.


Kiley Bennett is the lettering artist, blogger, and teacher behind Kiley in Kentucky! Starting in 2015, Kiley in KY is a one-stop- shop for anyone learning the ropes of brush-lettering. Access everything from free work-sheets, super simple tutorials, to affordable self-paced online courses--all of which arecreated in Kiley’s home studio. 

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