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Turn Your Abstract Art Into a Watercolor Painting

By Melanie Doncas | Inspiration

Abstract watercolor art has risen in popularity over the years due to its whimsical nature. There’s something about the dreamy and mystic nature of this style that works in so many instances – not just in a gallery.

If you’ve ever wanted to make your own watercolor abstract art, you’re in luck. In this guide, we’ll walk you through the simple, step-by-step process of creating an abstract watercolor painting in the Photo Editor – all with a few clicks!

How to Make a Abstract Watercolor Painting

Ready to turn an abstract painting into watercolor art? Head to the Photo Editor and open an abstract artwork to get started.

Step 1: Open an Abstract Artwork

Click Open at the top of the screen, then select the image you wish to turn into a watercolor painting.

Upload photo for watercolor abstract

Step 2: Select a Watercolor Effect

After choosing a photo, you'll be brought to BeFunky's Watercolor effects, found in the Artsy tab. You’ll notice when you click on an effect, three options are available: Settings, which allows you to alter the effect further; Cancel, which cancels the selected effect; and Apply, which applies the effect as-is. You can also adjust the strength of the effect using the slider.

Find watercolor effects for abstract

Step 3: Edit the Watercolor Effect Settings

Click Settings to alter additional elements such as Paint Amount, Sharpen, and Smoothness, until you achieve your desired abstract watercolor painting look. Then, just click the blue Apply button to apply your changes.

Adjust watercolor effect

Step 4: Save Your New Abstract Watercolor

Click Save at the top of the screen, then select your desired save location.

Save abstract watercolor

Abstract Watercolor: Before and After

Check out the results for yourself! Our versatile Watercolor Effects can produce a wide range of unique artworks.

Abstract watercolor final
Abstract watercolor before



Abstract to Watercolor Inspiration

Want to customize your abstract watercolor art even further? The editor provides a wide range of editing effects. Here are just a few of our favorite ways to transform your painting!

Replace Color

With the Replace Color Tool, you can easily swap out existing colors within your abstract watercolor for different ones. This is perfect for those wanting to create an artwork to suit a specific color scheme in their home, for example. You can find Replace Color in the Edit tab, within the Essentials section. Use the Eye Dropper Tool to select the Source Color from your artwork, then select your new Target Color by choosing a color from the Color Palette, using the Eye Dropper Tool, or typing in the color’s HEX code. Adjust the Tolerance using the slider, then click Apply once you’re happy with how it looks.

abstract watercolor replace color after
abstract watercolor replace color before




If your abstract watercolor is looking a bit dull, don’t fret. Simply navigate to the Edit menu and locate Exposure. From here, you can adjust the brightness as you see fit. You can also play around with the Contrast, Highlights, and Shadows to get your artwork just right.

Abstract watercolor brightness after
Abstract watercolor brightness before




You can also create a new artwork altogether just by using the Crop tool. You’ll find Crop located within the Edit menu, right underneath Essentials. Adjust the crop selection to zero-in on a section of your abstract watercolor, then click Apply.

abstract watercolor crop after
Abstract watercolor crop before



Embrace Your Inner Abstract Watercolor Artist

Thanks to the Photo Editor, turning an abstract artwork into a watercolor painting is quick and easy – no art skills necessary! All you need to use is our wide range of Watercolor effects, which will help you get the perfect style you’re aiming for, every time. Go on, try it for yourself! 

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