Acrylic Pours Workshop

——   Created by Denise Love

Create beautiful abstract pieces

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Welcome! I’m so excited to bring you this workshop on doing Acrylic Pours to create beautiful abstract pieces. I am pretty excited about the projects we have in this workshop and I cannot wait to see the art you end up creating!

Who is this workshop good for? Artists and any creatives – who want to learn how these acrylic pour art pieces are created.

Have you seen other people producing some beautiful acrylic pours art and wanted to know how they did it? Seeing pieces being made that really WOW you? I absolutely love the organic looks and beautiful patterns this technique creates. Come with me and discover how to create some beautiful one-of-a-kind art for yourself.

Your workshop includes over 6 hours of video. In this workshop, I have tons of projects we do so you’ll get really comfortable with the methods and supplies.

In this workshop we will go over the basics and more:

  • We’ll go over a comprehensive list of supplies and a variety of different price ranges you might consider for your pieces.
  • I’ll show you how I keep track of the colors and results I get so I can revisit colorways I loved.
  • We’ll talk about priming your surfaces and the differences you get if you choose a white surface vs. a black surface to start with.
  • I’ll show you how I mix my paints using several different pour mediums.
  • We’ll talk about paint disposal – hint: you don’t use your sink to dispose of your paints.
  • I’ll go over safe ways to use a torch and fire safety – since you will be possible using a small torch to coax your paint to create pretty cells and pop any air bubbles.
  • I’ll cover a TON of different pouring techniques and tools.
  • I’ll talk about what not to do with your piece the very next day.
  • I’ll show you how to pour over pieces you don’t love.
  • I’ll show you some advanced cell creating techniques.
  • We’ll talk about working in a series and I do 2 series in this workshop.
  • I’ll show you how I keep the back of my pieces paint-free.
  • I’ll show you some fun comparisons of how different mediums perform for creating those beautiful color cells.
  • I’ll show you how some different surfaces performed after they had paint poured on them so you can choose what you wish to experiment with for yourself.
  • I’ll show you some different methods for finishing off your pieces when they are finished and dry.
  • AND… I’ll show you how I create some beautiful jewelry pieces to wear using the drop-off paint from your pieces.

When I say this workshop is PACKED FULL… I’m not kidding. I can’t wait to see you in class!

** Disclaimer: The content of this workshop is not intended for the use of persons under the age of 18. We are working with art materials and heat sources that should only be used by adults or under the close supervision of an adult. The use of all the materials including fire is at the risk of the user. Proper care and attention should be exercised at all times. Denise Love and 2 Lil’ Owls Studio may not be held liable for any and all injury, loss, and accidents sustained as a result of this course, its content, and methods demonstrated here. All users are encouraged to read and use individual manufactures' use and care instructions that accompany any and all materials and tools.

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Supplies

Below I have a list of supplies I cover in the video – these are meant to be a guide and you don’t need every single supply. You can do this as inexpensively as you’d like or as archival as you wish. You can use some supplies you have on hand also if you are like me and you have some paints and supplies already in your stash.

Substrates:

Cradled board – this is an excellent choice since it is sturdy and has a smooth top surface. I love using cradled boards best – but they can get expensive if you are just starting out

Nice quality canvas – don’t go really cheap canvas – they will buckle with all the paint on them and you will have your paint pool in the center of the canvas. You want a nice quality canvas that is sturdy enough to hold up to a pile of paint overnight.

Hardboard panels – these are nice and a bit less expensive than the cradled boards

Canvas panel – not the best choice since these sometimes warp overnight while the paint is drying

Watercolor paper – I tried this out and I show you in the workshop what happens when you try the paper – it is iffy and most likely will warp quite a bit

Cups:

I use several small disposable cups I got from the grocery store in this workshop. You can also use silicone cups if you want the choice to be able to keep reusing your cups – as the paint will come out of the silicone cups one it dries easily.

Paints:

Lots of choices here. You can use any type of acrylic paints you can get. Craft paint, fluid paint, and medium flow paint are the most popular and the ones you’ll see me using in this workshop.

Pouring mediums:

You have lots of choices here also. Some cheap… some not so much.

PVA glue – which is Elmers Glue , Mod Podge, and a few other brands. I am using the Elmers Glue-All that came from the hardware store. You can also get that from the craft store.

Flood Flotrol – this is a paint store product – It is an additive they put in paint to extend. It is a nice for pour medium because it has natural tendencies to create pretty paint cells without any other additive.

Liquitex Pouring Medium – this is a nicer archival pour medium that you can get at the art store

GAC 800 – this is what I was using with my Liquitex recipe. It isn’t completely necessary – just another option. It is a low crazing extender for paints to help prevent cracking and large craters in the paint

Decoart Pouring Medium – this is a medium I didn’t experiment with – just making you aware that there are other pour mediums out there that will work fine for you also – so you have some choices

Flotrol kit I found on Amazon – here is a nice starter kit with the flotrol and some paints you might like

Another Flotrol kit on Amazon – with some other supplies in it without paint

Silicone oil – this is what you add to your mixture to get the pretty paint cells – you can get this at the art store or the hardware store (they use it in the tool dept to clean their tools). If you look on amazon for silicone oil or pouring oil – tons of options come up.

Priming your surface:

Do you have to prime? I’m about 50/50 on this. Sometimes I prime and sometimes I don’t. If you don’t prime – your paint will soak into the surface more especially if it is wood and possibly create more air bubbles. Priming gives the surface a fresh finished coat for your paint to go over with the least chance of it repelling or creating excessive air bubbles.

Primer – I am using Liquitex white gesso and Liquitex black gesso in this workshop to prime my surfaces. The white will give you duller colors while the black will give you really vibrant colors. I have an example video showing you some of these differences depending on the color you prime with. You can use any brand gesso or primer you wish as there are lots of choices out there.

Misc other supplies:

Level – to check your surfaces are level before you start to pour paints on them. If they are not level – you paint will roll to one side and then off your surface instead of staying in place to dry for you.

Gloves – you need a box of disposable gloves for this project – it is messy rolling paint around your surface and you’ll want to have more than just a couple pairs handy!

Wax paper/ palette paper/ or parchment paper – these are surfaces that you can peel paint off of that we’ll be using to create jewelry from later. The palette paper and the parchment paper are a little thicker than the wax paper. You can find the wax paper and parchment paper in the grocery store.

Disposable aluminum cookie baking sheets – I got those from the grocery store and I love them for doing projects like this. You can get creative for what you use to catch your paint – you don’t have to use exactly what I’m using.

Straw – for blowing the paint around if you are doing the blow techniques. I also experiment with my little air compressor I got off amazon that you might want to look at too. Fun for blowing around paint too.

Strainer pack – this is a pack of the strainers like I’m using in a few of the projects that you might try out

Craft sticks – these come in lots of sizes and qty. I have the smaller and jumbo. I ended up liking the jumbo. On amazon look for “craft stick” to see all the options. You can also get these at most art stores and craft stores also.

I also have a few torches in my studio. I have a small art torch that is very safe and the one you might start with if you are nervous working with fire since it has some great safety features and turns off a soon as you release the button. I also have a larger propane torch with a self-starting head that is cheaper than using butane. You can also use a kitchen torch as there are tons of options there that are useful and use the butane fuel on amazon. Do you have to use the fire? Most likely – to get the most from the flow mediums, bu

38 Lessons

0:00:59
Introduction
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0:02:53
Welcome
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0:22:20
Supplies
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0:07:43
Art journal
0:04:20
Priming your surfaces
0:14:08
Mixing our paints
0:04:05
Pour paint disposal
0:05:27
Fire safety
0:09:58
Dirty pour
0:08:55
Drag pour
0:11:43
Straight pour
0:18:51
Large pull white over piece
0:16:40
Two for our money - swirl and tip
0:08:07
Air blowing - part 1
0:06:46
Air blowing - part 2
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I'm Denise, an artist, and photographer. I'm really passionate about sharing what I have learned with others and creating workshops is what I really enjoy. I started 2 Lil' Owls Studio in 2012 - and that's where I share digital art tools for photography, photography workshops, art workshops, and more. I …

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