Acrylic Pours

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Acrylic Pours

I found this art technique on Pinterest when I was searching for art projects for my Special Education students. When I found these I then went to the various You Tube channels to watch various artists making their art. My next step before introducing it in the classroom was to attempt one of the paintings myself. I was hooked. These are such fun to make and I recently discovered a new product that can be made with the leftover paint. I will briefly touch on that at the end of this post.

I have learned a new art technique that I am totally in love with doing. It’s fun, messy, and most of the time, very pretty. It can be customized with any colors you like. And best of all, it’s hard to make a mistake.

Supplies needed:

  • Canvas: The size is optional. Just remember, the bigger the canvas, the more ingredients and paint you will need.
  • Sargent Art 22-8827 Pouring Medium Acrylic, 128 oz
  • Acrylic paint in your choice of colors.
  • Silicone (Click here): Acrylic Pour Oil for Art – 100% Pure Silicone – Large 6 oz. Size – Highest Grade – Magical Cell Forming Silicone Oil – Great Value
  • Paper cups
  • Plastic or rubber gloves: I used disposable gloves.
  • Craft sticks: You can use anything you have available to stir the paint. Just remember that whatever it is, it will be unusable after you finish your acrylic pour.
  • Measuring cup
  • Large thumb tacks or
    Hyde Tools 43510 Painters Pyramid (10 Pack), 1, Yellow
  • heat gun or kitchen torch

Measurements:

To accomplish this step, I use clear plastic cups although you could use type of small cup. I also use craft sticks to stir the paint after I have put in all ingredients. I use 2 oz. of the pouring medium, 2 oz. of paint color, and a few drops of the silicone pouring oil per color of paint that I will be using per canvas. I incorporate 3 to 4 colors into a painting within a single painting. This will adequately be enough paint to complete an 8 x 10 canvas. (With some left over paint for another project that I will explain later post.)

Directions:

Before beginning to pour the paint, you need to place your canvas on something that will elevate the canvas. At first I used extra large thumb tacks. The were just a little hard to remove from the canvas frame. Then I discovered the painters pyramids. These are available on Amazon.

After all paint has been mixed, I began this pour by pouring a little of the white onto the canvas. Then I chose the next color and poured it slowly into the middle of the white. It does not mix together, but layers the paint. I continued this pattern until I have used all of the colors.

You are now left with a colorful glob of paint on your canvas. At this point you can use the heat gun or kitchen torch to heat up the paint slightly. Be careful not to burn your paint or canvas. Only do this for a few minutes at the most. This will bring out “cells” throughout your painting.

Laying your heat source to the side, at this point it is advisable to wear some disposable gloves. You are going to get very messy. Take your canvas in your hands slowly tipping it back and forth to move the paint around the canvas. Make sure to let it drip over the edges creating a border. It is perfectly acceptable to pour more paint around the canvas in places that need more paint to cover the entire canvas.

It became obvious as I was maneuvering the paint around the canvas that I needed to add more paint.

As you maneuver the paint around the canvas make sure to cover the sides also. This is why it is advisable to wear disposable gloves. It does get very messy.

After the canvas is covered with the pattern you have coaxed it into making, place the canvas back onto the pyramids to dry. This may take 24 to 48 hours.

Have fun with your pours. I hope you will share yours with us.