Amylee’s ‘Swipe’ Technique
In my last post on acrylic pouring (also known as DIRTY POUR), many of you wondered how you can make beautiful cells WITHOUT the use of a blowtorch.
With acrylic pouring, it is possible to create beautiful cells without adding any heat. There is an equally effective solution: SWIPING!
+ at the end of the post: 3 BONUS tips!
PREP TIME: 15 min
CREATION: 5 to 10 min
TECHNIQUE: acrylic paint
CLEANING: water + soap
- Several paint tubes (Liquitex acrylic paint here)
- Wooden spatulas to mix, paper towels
- Water and 1 pipette
- Several plastic cups
- 1 Gerstaecker Primed Wooden Board – Gesso Board “ready to paint”
- Large shaper or spatulas (silicone, plastic or other)
- 1 bottle of Liquitex pouring medium
- 1 bottle of silicone oil or Cléopâtre Magic Plop
- Latex gloves
- 1 basin or 1 tablecloth for protection
- (for my 3 super tips below) 1 jar of Liquitex black lava and Cléopâtre Bright glassification varnish
Most of these products are currently available at GreatArt Online or in their art supply shop in London Shoreditch.
- Get each colour ready in a plastic cup! (easiest way is to cut the cup in two).
- For the mix, I give the prep in detail in this post (this link). Just follow the rule of the thirds: 1/3 paint + 1/3 pouring medium + some drops of water with pipette to get ta good texture. The paint should be fluid and stringy like the below image.
- Add Magic Plop or silicone oil (2 to 8 drops depending on colour) and mix it very slowly.
- Let rest several minutes to let the bubbles disappear.
- One by one empty each cup on the wooden panel.
- Use the spalter to ‘swipe’ the paint.
- Within seconds, lots of cells appear. It looks like a flower field, that’s magical!
- Within 30 or 40 seconds, I got this result…
GOOD TO KNOW: In order to direct the fluid colour and recover the whole panel, tilt the panel to the top or the bottom. If some space is not recovered, you can use a brush or your fingers.
My top tip #1:
- If you don’t have a spalter or large spatula, you can use a piece of bristol paper or an old business card instead.
- proceed with the same gesture, swiping once only from left to right or top to bottom. Here we go!
Cells appear only when using 1 swipe!
GOOD TO KNOW: as long as the paint is fresh, and still a bit fluid, cells are not definitive and stable. They can change and reshape themselves before drying completely.
My top tip #2:
BLACK LAVA – It is a texture gel which can be mixed or applied as finishing layer. Once completely dried, this gel becomes transparent, bright and adds texture and relief. It looks like a beautiful magma effect!
My top tip #3:
BRIGHT VARNISH – On dried paint, with paper towel I wipe awau the oily surface sometimes left by silicone oil and apply 2 or 3 layers of glassification varnish to brighten the artwork.
The results in my studio:
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