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Fluid Acrylic Demonstration for Logan Art Teachers at the Logan Art Gallery on Saturday 23rd February 2019

Last Saturday morning I was giving a demonstration for a group of Logan art teachers for their professional development program at the Logan Art Gallery. Fourteen Logan secondary art teachers took part in the demonstration of several different methods in fluid acrylic pouring.

Firstly I explained how to prepare the paint with mixing it to the right consistency with paint and Floetrol, a medium used to help making the paint more fluid without losing its pigments. Dimethicone was added to help creating some extra cells.

Next I demonstrated a dirty pour where I layered several acrylic paint colours into a small pouring cup. The cup as then dragged over a canvas that was prepared with a layer of white acrylic.

The second method was a Flip Cup method where I also filled a pouring cup with several layers of prepared acrylic paint but then I put the canvas on top of the filled paint cup, turned it over and lifted the cup to let the paint run over the canvas.

For method no 3 used a prepared filled cup and letting the paint run onto the canvas in a slow motion, forming a tree ring pattern on the canvas.

For method no 4 I showed the pull and drag method where the paint was distributed in single lines over the canvas. A wet tissue was used to drag white acrylic paint layered on top of the canvas over all other paint.

Method no 5 is using a filled balloon pressed into splotches of different acrylic paints. This created flower like shapes on the canvas.

The photo shows the colour residues on the surface of the air balloon

I also showed them how they can remove some of the excess paint by dipping a piece of blank paper into the wet canvas and get almost a print of the canvas on paper that than can be used for greeting cards or book marks

The last method I demonstrated was a string pull where a string covered in a contrasting acrylic paint is pulled over a wet prepared canvas.

I am hoping that this gave the teachers enough inspirations to use acrylic pouring in some of their future art classes.

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