Who said that every child could do that?
Every now and then I can hear that too when I tell people that I am an artist and I also do pouring.
What’s there too it, just splash some paint onto the canvas, that can’t be too hard!
Have you ever tried it? There are so many things to consider before you can announce that you have done this beautiful painting.
Acrylic pours are relatively slow drying and nothing is more frustrating then finding a Mosquito or an ant buried in your pour after it has dried. And make sure the table you are working on is level, otherwise you will find your panting has run of the canvas and is now on the table.
Finally, dry and hot temperatures are the enemy of pouring!
To increase the flow of acrylic paint a flow medium like PVA diluted, Floetrol, Liquitex Flow Medium or a Self-Leveling Clear Gel and water has to be added to get the right consistency. To achieve cells, Silicone, Dimethicone or alcohol can be added.
After studying all this chemical elements you have to consider the different applying methods as each methods achieves a different result.
Then there is the decision of the painting substrate. Do you pour on canvas, canvas board, MDF board, paper, yupo paper, or directly onto timber?
There is the regular pour, a dirty pour, a flip cup and a swipe. Will it be a negative pour or do you cover the whole canvas? Will you use the hammer, string or balloon method. And at the end you have to decide if you want to torch or not to torch.
So no, it is not just splashing some paint onto a canvas. And even if you think you know it all disaster can still strike, as the following pictures of a beautiful failed pouring show.
Right after the pour, beautiful cells, vibrant colours and defined areas. Total success I thought.
After a day of drying! Faded colours, destroyed cells, and crazing like crazy
Close up of the crazing
Just good enough to be binned
Sorry to say that pouring is not as easy as it looks.