How to Create Cool Abstract Designs from a Neurographic Art in 6 Steps: From Mishap to Masterpiece

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Hello there, my fellow creative masterminds! Today, I’m thrilled to share with you an exciting neurographic art lesson that will have your students hooked and bursting with inspiration. Get ready to dive into the world of Neurographic art and create mesmerizing abstract designs that will leave you and your students feeling relaxed and accomplished.

Neurographic Art with abstract designs - Cutting the design and putting it against a black paper.

But wait, how did this project come to be? Well, it all started with a little mishap. One of my students asked me to cut their Neurodoodle design on the paper cutter because they weren’t satisfied with one edge of it. As fate would have it, the design fell onto a piece of black paper, and we both paused, looked at each other, and said, “Whoa, that looks pretty awesome!” And voila, this incredible Neurographic art technique was born, all thanks to a happy accident.

So, what is Neurographic art, you might ask? It’s a unique method that allows artists to create mesmerizing abstract designs by combining different shapes and patterns. It’s a technique that’s all about letting go of control, allowing the pen to flow freely, and embracing the unexpected twists and turns of the creative process.

Now, are you ready to embark on this exciting art journey? Buckle up, and let’s get started with the steps. Trust me; your students won’t be able to resist the fun and creativity that comes with this unique art form. So, let’s dive in and create some jaw-dropping abstract designs that will leave you and your students in awe!

Step 1: Choose your shapes and create variations

Neurographic Art - High School Art Lesson

Choosing the right shapes and creating variations is an essential step to making your neurographic art pop! You can choose any shape you like – be it simple, complex, or abstract shapes. For example, you could choose circles for a more organic feel or rectangles for a more geometric and structured look.

But don’t stop there! Once you’ve chosen your shape, let your imagination run wild and experiment with different variations. Play with the size, shape, and position of the shapes to create a visually interesting design. You could make some shapes bigger and some smaller, some with holes in the middle, some with half shapes, some fat, some skinny – the possibilities are endless!

The key is to ensure that all your variations are based on your chosen shape to maintain a cohesive look throughout your design. By doing this, you’ll be able to create a unique and beautiful neurographic art piece that will leave you and your students feeling accomplished and inspired.

Step 2: Arrange your shapes on black construction paper

Neurographic Art - High School Art Lesson

It’s time to take those awesome shapes you’ve created and place them on a black construction paper like a boss! But hold on a second, don’t just stick them on there like they’re glued to the spot! This is where you gotta let your artsy fartsy side shine through.

Think about creating movement throughout your design. Imagine your shapes as dancers on a stage, and it’s your job to choreograph their movements. Experiment with different placements, see what works and what doesn’t. Don’t be afraid to push the boundaries and try something new. Remember, the goal is to create something interesting and balanced that’ll make people go “wow”!

Step 3: Draw the lines with white colored pencil or pen

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Once you’ve arranged your shapes on the black construction paper, it’s time to draw the lines that will connect them. This is the most exciting part of creating a neurographic art piece, as it’s where you’ll see your design come to life.

When choosing your drawing tool, keep in mind that white colored pencils or pens work best on black paper. They create a strong contrast that makes your design pop. You can also use other white media such as paint markers or metallic Sharpies for a unique effect.

As you start drawing the lines, think about how you can create movement and flow throughout your design. Consider the different ways you can connect the shapes to create an interesting and balanced composition. Remember to take your time and be intentional with your lines, and don’t be afraid to make mistakes – they can often lead to happy accidents and unexpected outcomes.

In the end, drawing the lines is like solving a puzzle, where you have to figure out how to connect the different shapes in a way that makes sense and looks visually appealing. It’s a fun and creative challenge that will keep you engaged and excited throughout the entire process.

Step 4: Choose your color scheme and repeat and vary

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Ah, color! This is the step where you get to make your neurographic art really pop. Choosing one or two colors that complement each other is the key to a unified and cohesive design. You can pick colors that match your mood, your room decor, or even your outfit. The possibilities are endless!

But wait, don’t go too crazy with the colors! Remember, less is often more. You want your design to look unified and not like a mishmash of every crayon in the box. So, once you’ve chosen your colors, it’s time to get creative with how you apply them.

Repeat and vary is the name of the game here. Repeat the colors you’ve chosen throughout your design to create a sense of balance and harmony. But don’t just repeat the same exact shade over and over – mix it up a bit! Vary the tone, saturation, or brightness of the color to create interest and depth. It’s like creating a symphony of color!

And don’t forget to consider negative space. Sometimes leaving parts of your design blank can be just as effective as filling it all in with color. So experiment with different levels of saturation and don’t be afraid to let some areas breathe. With a little bit of color know-how and experimentation, your neurographic art will be the talk of the town!

Step 5: Add some finishing touches

Once you’ve completed the main steps of creating your neurographic art piece, it’s time to add those finishing touches that will make it stand out. You’ve already put a lot of thought into the shapes, lines, and colors, so take a moment to look at your work from different angles and perspectives. Is there a section that feels a bit empty or lacking? Perhaps you can add some extra lines or dots to fill it in. Maybe there’s a part of the design that you want to emphasize more – you can use a different colored pen or pencil to make it pop.

Adding these final details can really take your artwork to the next level. Don’t be afraid to experiment and try out different things until you’re happy with the end result. Remember, this is your creation, and it should reflect your own unique style and personality. So have fun with it and let your creativity flow!

Step 6: Sit back and enjoy your creation

Step 6 is the final step, and it’s perhaps the most satisfying one of them all. You’ve put in the work, and now it’s time to sit back, relax, and enjoy the fruits of your labor. Take a moment to appreciate your creation and how far you’ve come since starting the process.

Now, here’s a little secret: You don’t have to keep your masterpiece to yourself. Show it off to your friends and family, and let them admire your handiwork. You never know, they might be impressed enough to want to try neurographic art for themselves!

And if you’re feeling extra proud of your creation, why not frame it and hang it up on a wall? That way, you can enjoy it every day and remind yourself of your newfound skills.

So go ahead, revel in your achievement, and let the world know that you’re now a certified neurographic artist. Who knows, maybe one day your artwork will be in a fancy gallery, and you can proudly say that it all started with a few shapes, a black piece of paper, and your imagination.

More Abstract Designs to Explore: Further Suggestions

After you’ve arranged the shapes on the black paper, you may discover that your design looks incredible just the way it is. That’s totally okay! The whole point of this project is to find what works best for you. Some of my students were happy to stop after the composition stage, while others enjoyed adding the neurographic lines in white on black. It really depends on each person’s individual preferences and skills.

As a teacher, it’s crucial to create an environment where students feel comfortable taking risks and experimenting while also respecting their boundaries. Some students may need some encouragement to try something new and elevate their composition to the next level, while others may already feel confident in their work and prefer to keep it simple.

Based on my experience, it’s easy to get carried away with neurographic lines, making the design too cluttered or busy. Therefore, it’s essential to strike a balance that works for each student. Some may adore the added interest and depth that the lines bring, while others may prefer to maintain a clean and straightforward design.

Stay Tuned

As I conclude this blog post, I would like to share a final note. One idea sparks another, and my creative spirit is running wild with all the possibilities.

I am determined to explore different design variations that are not only stunning but also easy to execute. The orange watercolor example was just the tip of the iceberg, and I can’t wait to show you what else I’ve got up my sleeve.

Keep your eyes peeled for more exhilarating, daring, and downright captivating neurographic art concepts that will take your breath away! And if you have tried this project, please don’t hesitate to share your creations with me on social media, @insideoutartteacher! I can’t wait to see what you’ve come up with!

Also, if you’re looking for a foolproof way to teach this lesson to your students, be sure to download my FREE step-by-step instructional slideshow. It’s the perfect tool for making sure everyone is on the same page, and it’s super easy to use. So why not give it a try? Your students will be amazed by what they can create, and you’ll be thrilled with how simple it is to teach.

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