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How to Add 3D Water Droplets in Your Acrylic Pour

Since my childhood I always loved bubbles and water drops. For some reason, I find beauty in them. So as soon as I started with acrylic pouring, I tried to implement my favorite bubbles into my art. This pour was quite special. I was experimenting with swipes and rolling balloon and it turned out very interesting.

Mixing and Prepping

The colors I used to create this pour were turquoise, pthalo green, sapphire blue, baby teal, dark violet titanium white. I used my go-to mixture:  50% of acrylic colors and 50% of pouring medium, with no silicone in my colors. And I usually make my own pouring medium from glue and water (the main reason for this is, that I can’t buy floetrol or liquitex in my country and usually the professional pouring mediums are too expensive for me). But the medium from glue and waters work well for me. I used 60 % of PVA glue and 40 % of water.

Setting up my Cups

I tried to mix dark and light colors in my cups to have an interesting result. First, I made a flip cup, spread it all around my canvas. And then poured some leftover colors all over my flip cup.

Then I poured some white color in the middle and made central swipe from the middle (I swiped up and down).

And then I took my little balloon and rolled in all over the middle white part, which created a perfect background for my bubbles.

 

Creating Bubbles

Next, I wait for five days and when my pour was completely dry, I could continue with the final step– painting the water droplets. I know it might seem a little bit complicated, but when you break it up into little steps, it starts to be less complicated.

I usually start by drawing a nice circle with my pencil. And if you can’t draw a nice circle, you can either use coins, or some kind of stencils, which will make your drawing easier. I use only two colors for creating my water drops, white acrylic and black acrylic color. I start by painting the top of my bubble with black color. Usually I put my small brush into little bit of water, then color, and then I am ready to paint.

After I paint half circles, I try to shade it a little bit, and then I can paint the bottom part with my white color. Next step, paint a shadow underneath my bubbles, which makes it look even more 3D. And the last step is to paint the reflection on the top of my bubbles. And you’re done!

It needs a little bit of practice, so don´t be sad if you won´t be successful at first try. I have painted hundreds of them and I still have got lots to improve. But it´s fun and the more you paint, the better you’ll get.

How to Add 3D Water Droplets in Your Acrylic Pour

5 thoughts on “How to Add 3D Water Droplets in Your Acrylic Pour”

  1. Claire Vanfleteren

    Hello
    Really pleasantly surprised. I had been doing that for a while with paintings that had failed.
    So they were beautiful again and no cat saw that it went on a failed pour.
    Can I show my painting?
    Greetings
    Claire from West Flanders Belgium

  2. Susan Shoemaker

    Thank you so much. I have been wanting to try these and now feel better about practicing them first.

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