WHAT IS IT? …
Acrylic flow painting is a fun world of acrylic pouring! It is a unique, rewarding method of creating fascinating colorful abstract art. Be prepared to get hooked on flow painting … unlike other art forms, you get results right away. You may end up creating 10 or even more paintings in your first week!
It is a painting technique where acrylic paint is mixed with some type of pouring medium, then poured onto a surface in different ways. The colors can be poured directly from individual cups or mixed into one cup and poured together. Then the surface is tilted in each direction to let the paint flow. The colors will interact in unpredictable, interesting ways.
Actually, the possibilities are unlimited. You really don’t need a plan, just pour the colors on and you will almost always end up with something you like. Oftentimes, your painting won’t turn out how you intended because every acrylic pour is different and unique. There is good news, however … you can start over if the painting is not developing in a way you like. I like that the painting is always a surprise and never quite what I intended it to look like.
We suggest buying a decent-sized kit to get started or get larger bottles of the more economical paints. You only need the basic colors. If the budget allows purchase some of the specialty paints to add more variety … glitters, pearls and metallics.
It is best to use pouring mediums to enhance the flow of the paint. A good acrylic medium won’t change the color or the finish of the paint. Mediums “thin” your paints and give you more time to work with them. Your medium won’t change the visual characteristics like water will.
Be certain to have plenty of paint and plenty of surfaces to practice on. Needless to say, the paints are the most important thing to have handy when you’re creating pours. You’ll want to have plenty of black and white — they get used the most.
There are many techniques that allow for imaginative designs. Experimenting with tools like balloons, palette knives, forks, straws, and hair dryers will allow you great special effects.
GETTING STARTED …
You will need the following supplies:
- A suitable work area
- Plastic sheeting (to protect your floors)
- Canvas or canvas board
- Fluid Acrylics (Soft Body Acrylics)
- Pouring Medium (The ratio of paint to medium should be about 1: 2.5)
POURING TECHNIQUES …
If you are interested in smaller lines or just dots of color. mix in more of your pouring medium to thin the paint out. Cut a small hole in the bottom of your plastic cup then fill it with thinned paint. When you are ready, move the cup around to create your patterns.
2. Clean pour
With this technique you just pour one color onto your canvas. Then you tilt the canvas around to create shapes and lines. You can control and manipulate the design using wooden sticks. It is best to let one layer to dry before moving to the next one.
3. Dirty pour
4. Cell design
This technique offers an awesome visual effect. The effect appears as microscopic images or even a collection of stones. You can accomplish this design by mixing a specific ratio of alcohol into the paint. The alcohol evaporates from the paint and creates the cells.