If you are a beginner to acrylic pouring, this is the easiest way to create interesting cells without using a blowtorch. Let me introduce you to the “swipe”
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!
- Level: easy
- Prep time: 15 min
- Creation: 5 to 10 min
- Technique: acrylic paint
- Cleaning: water + soap
The materials you need:
- 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)
- a bottle of Liquitex pouring medium
- one 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.
Let’s go: follow the steps!
- 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…
Did you 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.
Amylee’s 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!
Did you 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.
Amylee’s 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!
Amylee’s 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 Amylee’s studio:
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