How to Paint like Famous Artist Mark Rothko

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Mark Rothko was an American painter in the abstract expressionist school. He is best known for his geometric and bold paintings that are immediately recognisable as part of art of the 1960s. Love his work but can't afford an original? No problem. Creating something of your own inspired by Mark Rothko is easier than you might think. Get some samples to work from and get painting!

Skill level:
Moderately Easy

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Things you need

  • Pre-stretched Canvas
  • Bold Acrylic Paints
  • Paint Brushes
  • Samples of Rothko's Work (for inspiration)

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  1. 1

    Cover the entire canvas with a solid application of paint. Choose your colours to fit your home or area for the work to be displayed. Let the canvas dry completely.

  2. 2

    Using a larger flat brush, take a complimentary colour and paint a rectangle on the top half of the page. Don't worry about getting the lines perfect, the rougher the better.

  3. 3

    Paint another rectangle in another complimentary colour on the bottom half of the page. Let dry completely.

  4. 4

    Take a third colour of paint and paint a thick roughly-drawn line between the two rectangles.

  5. 5

    Let dry and display.

Tips and warnings

  • The above project gives you just one look of a Rothko piece, but look at other samples and try your hand at a few different configurations.
  • Take your time and let paint dry between applications so that colours don't blend.

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