When I was a little girl, my mom would sometimes take me down to the 'five and dime store' called Woolworth's. We would order chocolate malts at the lunch counter and then do a bit of browsing around the small 'everything-you-could-possibly-need' store. Where else could you sip on a shake, buy new underwear, try on flashy rings and take home a canary if you were so inclined?!
Toward the end of our Woolworth's afternoon, my Mom would say I could pick out 'some little thing' and she knew I'd go straight to the the brown-paper wrapped surprises in the Grab Bag Barrel. I'd carefully untie the string, peel back the brown-paper and reveal the hidden item. Not even one of these trinkets is memorable to me (although I have a vague idea that bouncy balls appeared frequently) but, the excitement of unearthing a treasure among those paper wrapped mystery packages is as clear to me today as if it were yesterday...or the day before...
This is how I feel about Acrylic Pouring, or in my words, Grab Bag Art. I pick the paint combos, mix with the additives in a cup and pour, waiting for the magic to happen. Will I get yet another bouncy ball, or is this cell popping, colorific prize I've been waiting for?!
So here is a little step-by-step of how I've been experimenting with pouring acrylic paint. I am on one of the bottom rungs of the learning ladder, so I will be using inexpensive supplies until I feel more confident. Let's pour!
Set out your designated number of cups depending on how many colors you will be using plus one extra cup for the pour. I have been using less expensive paints rather than the artist quality lines which are wonderful, but pricey. I have also substituted Floetrol (Flood brand shown above) rather than investing in the more expensive art line pouring mediums. I have seen good reviews on treadmill oil for the 100% silicone, but I opted for the cheaper hardware store variety (in this example Liquid Wrench).
Step 4 is the tricky part (one of the tricky parts). Add just a tiny bit of water at a time, stir and lift your stirring stick. Does your paint mixture stream off like warm honey? If it is 'globby' you will need to add more water; just don't add too much! You will need to start from scratch if your paint is too watered-down.
Let your layers settle and interact in your cup. You should start to see some fun things happening. When you are ready, pour onto your substrate. For this example I will use the 'flip cup' technique onto a ceramic tile.
There you have it, my experiment with Acrylic Pouring. Like I said earlier, I really don't know what I'm doing, but I sure am having fun...even though my creations are all bouncy balls for now.
So, my friends, go forth and POUR! Let me know if you get a wonderful prize!