by catherine peters June 10, 2020
If you are feeling the urge to play with paint and colour then using an acrylic paint pouring medium, also known as fluid art and liquid art, is the perfect way to start.
Acrylic pouring is a form of art that involves mixing different acrylic colours with a pouring medium and pouring directly onto the canvas without using a brush.
You will need a pouring medium, like Liquitex Professional Pouring Effects Medium to mix with your fluid acrylic paints and water. Do not use heavy body acrylics as they are too thick. The consistency must be such that it flows well but is not too thin, The ratio is approx. 1:1:1. Each colour is mixed individually, together with the pouring medium and water.
Leave these mixtures to stand for a while so that the bubbles can rise to the surface. If you start pouring right away, you will have air holes covering the surface. Some acrylic pouring artists make their mixtures one day before the actual pouring to avoid air bubbles.
Items you will need to get going are:
With this technique, all your colours are placed into just one cup before pouring. The consistency of your paint is important as if the paint is too thin then the colours will all blend together on the canvas.When you have poured the paint onto the canvas, tilt the canvas at different angles until the surface is covered. This technique is a great way to experiment with colour and finishes.
The Puddle Pour is when you add individual colours in the centre of your canvas and build up the layers as you go.Manipulate the paints by tilting the canvas to different angles, and create different effects by swiping the paint with an instrument, like a palette knife.
You can also do a wash pour with this technique, which means using quite thin paint, to create a feathery effect as shown in the video below. (video courtesy of Liquitex LQX)
(Info for Flip Cup courtesy of: https://acrylgiessen.com/en/acrylic-pouring-guide/)
Once you have mastered the above, you may want to look at more techniques such as:
Or why don’t you try differing surfaces such as Tile, Picture Frames and even your phone case, the choices are endless as long as you prepare your surface.
Painting on ceramic tile is a great surface to try your acrylic pouring. Tiles can make small art pieces or beautiful coasters.
When pouring on tiles, ensure the surface is prepped ready to hold the paint. If you cannot source unfinished tiles we would recommend applying a layer of gesso or other primer type giving the tile an even surface for the paint to adhere to, not forgetting the sides. Many finished tiles have a shiny finish so you will need to use a heavy grit sandpaper to rough up the surface then apply a primer.
Now all you ned to do is select your colours and get pouring!
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