As a first timer, pouring acrylic paint can be very frustrating if you don’t have a single idea of how to do it right. Acrylic pouring is an artistic expression that has been there for a while but still, mistakes after mistakes are done when trying to come up with one. Before getting down to work, carry out a proper studio preparation; dusting, making sure temperatures are right, getting the ideal pouring medium and ensuring your canvas is tight. Then, get your fingers dirty using these simple techniques!
1. Straight Pour
Pour the first color on your canvas and allow it to pool, then pour the second one in the middle. You will begin to notice how the one you poured first starts to move outwards after the second pour. Repeat the same process until the end and tilt the canvas if need be. The more paint you pour, the larger the rings so if you want them thin, pour little amounts. Tip: Start with the deep colors before moving to the light ones. After you are done, put it on a leveled and dust-free place for it to dry up.
2. Dirty Pour
In a cup, layer all your desired colors and slowly run a stick through. Remember, you are not trying to get a single solid hue so do not mix completely, just combine them slightly. Once done, carefully and slowly pour your mixture on your canvas then give it time to settle and integrate. To dry up, place the canvas on the level, dust-free zone you had prepared earlier.
3. Flip Cup Method
For each acrylic paint you intend to use, get as many cups. In each cup prepare each acrylic by mixing it with water and/or with pouring medium depending on the density. What you want to achieve here is a viscous mixture with the right fluid consistency. Similar to the dirty pour, layer the colors in one cup then quickly flip it on your canvas. Do it gently to avoid spillages. Lift your cup and let the colors drip over, then place it in then leveled are for it to dry up.
4. Thinned And Solid Color Pours
With the thinned color washes, interaction and movement is easy and they are high flow hence ready to be used. They can be mixed with mediums with at least 10% water composition: the more the water the more the surface tension. Acrylic flow release helps to cut down surface tension but does not improve the flow of the paint so do not overuse them. It is okay to use solid colors on the entire surface of your canvas but however, be careful not to dam up the edges when drying.
5. Experiment More
The more you experiment and practice, the more you get good at it. Immediately getting needed results may be close to impossible and frustrations are more. If you want to be expert at it, always take notes and don’t be discouraged by the outcomes. To get more consistent results do it more often and if you find yourself at crossroads, get informative insights found on acrylic pouring.com.