How To Use Acrylic Paint Pouring?
07/08/2017 – Do you want to produce abstract work with free-flowing shapes and forms, cells or dragon scales and play with colours without the use of any brush? Have you tried the Acrylic Paint Pouring technique?
The technique is really easy! The secret is to combine acrylic paint with pouring medium and silicone oil.
Do you want the recipe? I explain it to you with the demonstration just below.
1/ MATERIALS REQUIRED:
- 1 stretched canvas (In my Tutorial I used 30x30cm)
- 4 acrylic paint tubes
- 1 bottle of Liquitex Pouring Medium
- 1 bottle of Silicone Oil + 1 pipette
- 1 basin
- 4 wooden spatulas + latex gloves
- 4 Mixing Cups for each colour of paint
- Clean Water + Cleaning Roll
- OPTIONAL :
- 1 blowtorch (For heating)
- Weaving Thread and scissors
- Transparent plastic wrap
Most of these products are currently available at GreatArt Online or in their art supply shop in London Shoreditch.
2/ Recipe for Pouring colours:
- Choose one cup per colour and in each cup mix:
1/3 Pouring Medium (PM)
+ 1/3 Acrylic Paint (AP)
NOTICE: I chose a white colour for the background of my painting. So I use s bigger cup for this. The other 3 colours will be used for effects and free-flowing shapes and forms.
+ some drops of Water
The third part is for water. The important thing is to get a consistency that runs off a spatula. It is therefore necessary to dose well the water using the pipette, and mix while checking that the paint runs. If the paint remains thick, add more water.
+ some drops of Silicone
In each cup with colored mixture (PM+ AP + H2O), add some drops of Silicone (S) with pipette. The more silicone there is, the smaller and more numerous the cells will be. I usually put 1 or 2 drops per cup to keep large cells.
NOTICE: In the pink and yellow cups, I put 2 drops of silicone oil. In the blue one, only 1 drop, and the white one, no silicone.
Leave the cups for 10 minutes to allo air bubbles caused by mixing to dissipate.
3/ The workplace:
Take care, the paint will flow, so I put my gloves on!! I set my workplace above a basin covered with plastic wrap (saves time during cleaning).
NOTICE: Another small tip, I tie 2 strings across the basin to elevate the canvas and thus facilitate the flow of the paint over each side.
4/ The Workcup:
In the big cup with white paint I pour parts of all the colours as if making a flower drawing.
NOTICE: The colour poured should remain on the surface and not disappear into the white paint. If you get the opposite effect it is because the paint is too fluid.
5/ GET READY TO POUR: 2 Techniques
1/ « FLIP CUP » is the main technique. This involves putting the canvas (like a lid) on top of the cup and then turning everything upside down. Let it rest for several minutes to settle the paint and then remove the cup.
2/ SECOND TECHNIQUE – Pour the cup gently onto the canvas. This technique makes it easier to drive the flow of colors.
NOTICE: Once on the canvas move the paint to the 4 corners of the canvas by tilting it more or less. The aim is to completely cover the edges.
6/ Create Cells:
The biggest cells will appear using the ‘Flip Cup’ technique. You can accentuate small cells by heating some parts of the paint (whilst still fresh) with a small blowtorch (flame held 10cm from colour). It is up to you to adjust the torch according to the desired effect.
7/ Drying & Cleaning:
Let the painting dry for 1 day (or even 2 if it is very thick). Avoid a drafty room that can displace hair and dust. Clean all materials with brush soap and water.
8/ My result with pictures:
It’s aquatic, it’s organic … The effect is fantastic!
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