In the last few weeks I’ve seen a few people trying acrylic pours. I have a spare canvas I’d tried something on and it hadn’t worked out, some old foam cups, and some PVA glue I don’t like. Tony has CRC in the garage. So, all the key ingredients at my fingertips.
Huge thanks to YouTube artists who have so generously shared their process. The basic process for a dirty pour is
- put a push pin in each corner on the back of the canvas so the paint drips don’t stick it to the work surface
- mix glue, water and paint in individual cups – ratios vary from artist to artist
- mix a double batch of white
- add a little silicone (such as CRC) to each OR as you mix into the final container
- pour layers of paint into your final pouring cup
- add silicone if you didn’t add to each colour
- once you add silicone run a paint brush handle or something through once or twice – do not stir
- cover the canvas with some of the runny white paint
- put the canvas on top of the cup, tip it over and give it a moment for the paint to run
- remove the cup and watch the paint spread
- tip the canvas to move the paint around
- heat with a heat source such as an embossing gun to remove bubbles & create ‘cells’
- leave to dry – it will take days…
Mine hasn’t dried yet, so it will be interesting so see how it looks.