Turning a Guitar Into An Acrylic Pour

Art is everywhere and it depends mostly on your creativity. In this week’s episode of the Fluid Arts Podcast, you’re going to meet Pamela Kirkwood, an artist that has explored one of many acrylic pouring ideas by transforming her second hand guitar into something completely different.

Given to her as a gift from her father, Pamela’s idea not only became a reality but we consider this wonderful work of art “an experiment gone right!” After today’s episode you will know more about who she is and how to replicate this process if tempted to take on the challenge.

Meeting Pamela Kirkwood

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Pamela is a British artist who lives in Hastings England, a small city right on the south coast on the beach. She has been painting for about two years, and before that, drawing was one of her main hobbies.

During today’s discussion, Pamela mentions other creative fluid art projects that she has tried as well as the main component they all share. She believes this fluid art style encourages her and other artists to let go of the creative pressure that can easily come with many other painting techniques. They’re so many nice acrylic pour ideas out there and that’s why there she encourages listeners to try out some of these different surfaces (including a guitar if you can find one!)

The Inspiration Behind Her Work of Art

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The inspiration behind Pamela’s guitar was the nearby beach where she lives. She mentioned, “I was living near the ocean and I just love blues. The gold is like the sand”.

Acrylic Pour Ideas: The Guitar Creation Process

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According to Pamela, the entire creation process of the guitar took around 15 hours.

Here are some of the steps:

  • 1) Remove the strings from the guitar.
  • 2) Use painter’s and masking tape to protect areas that will not be painted.
  • 3) Sand varnish off the guitar, then prime it using a wood primer.
  • 4) Mix paint with floetrol and silicone oil to get really nice cells. Make sure you measure these properly for the right consistency.

Do not forget to use tapes and plastic bags to protect the parts of the guitar that will not be painted. After that, follow the steps below:

  • 5) Place the guitar on a level surface to prevent paint and resin from dripping off the sides.
  • 6) Add your paint to the guitar. Tilt as desired until satisfied with the results.
  • 7) Pour the resin. After about 20 minutes, go over it very quickly with a heat gun to remove bubbles.
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Materials Used

Pamela used the following materials in her guitar:

    • A level
    • Painters tape
    • Masking Tape
    • Paint
    • Resin

Tips for Beginners

“The best tip for people who try acrylic pouring ideas (like this one) for the first time is to take your time. It’s important not to rush, wait until you’ve got a bit of time to sit and create, and when you do things calmly the result is more likely to turn out better.

If you have any doubts and want to know more about Pamela’s work, check out her Instagram page “quantum moods” where you can find many of her process videos. Her Facebook page is under the same name and feel free to message her if you are in England to see her work in a local shop in Hastings.

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Thanks, and we look forward to sharing our next episode!

7 thoughts on “Turning a Guitar Into An Acrylic Pour”

  1. Carol McCollum

    What a blah blah blah waste of time. Kept waiting for important tips on how to do a guitar. It was just 26mins of awkward, annoying chatter. The painter would have done better on her own here.

    1. Pamela Kirkwood

      Hi Carol, sorry you found my interview awkward and annoying. I was very nervous and hadn’t done one before. I was simply answering questions I was asked. I work full time doing care work and try to fit in art to relax. I hoped that sharing my art would inspire others, not annoy them. The next time I do a video I will go through step by step on what I did and let you know when it is up.

    2. Wow.. That was rude as rude can get. Someone tajes time out of their day to share their art to inspire and your reply is blah blah blah. You should think before you go round and.be ignorant. I’m not impressed. Just thought I’d share that with you.

  2. What a cool idea! And the blues came out really well. Kudos for thinking of this and executing it so marvelously. I wonder if the sound is different, maybe a bit muted.

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