We’re at it again. A bunch of YouTubers has got together to create paintings all based around a theme, color scheme or technique. This time I challenged the group to create an acrylic poured painting using only black, white and one metallic – and the paint had to be blown in some way.
Yikes, what was I thinking? Black and white together? I can see a lot of grey in my future. It’s going to take some careful thought to keep those two colors from creating a whole mess of grey and more grey, combined with some extra grey. But I have a plan – or rather I have a dream. Do you ever dream about your paintings? I often do, but then I wake up and try and the dream often becomes more of a nightmare. In my dreams I pour like a pro – in daylight, I pour like a cat with one paw tied behind his back. Yup, that’s pretty bad sometimes.
This painting had a dream behind it and in the dream, it looked awesome. Now just to try to get that down on canvas…
In this painting I am using:
- US Art Supply 10×10 inch canvas
- Art Alternatives Black, White, and Gold acrylic paint
- Floetrol (at about 30% to my paint by volume) + water
- Bendy straw
- Crossed fingers!
Phew, that turned out OK in the end. It’s not exactly like I had imagined, but it’s really not that far away too. I did make a lot of grey but hopefully by balancing out the background with some gold for a marbled effect, and not just making it black/grey/plain white – I got away with it! What do you think?
Don’t forget to check out in the description area under the video on YouTube for the links to the other painters taking part in this crazy difficult challenge. Go give them some love and comments, and thumbs up for their videos too.
As usual, check out the slideshow below of the pictures of this pour, both wet and dry, and closeups of the details. Enjoy! And don’t forget to add this challenge to your Pinterest boards in case you ever fancy challenging yourself to a similar set of colors.
After being told in high school that she was so bad at art that she should switch to another subject, Deby didn’t paint again for 35 years. Then a stroke released a new wave of creativity and she began exploring with dot painting, abstract and eventually acrylic pouring, and at last the joy of working with color returned.
You don’t need ‘talent’ to be an acrylic pouring artist – just enthusiasm, some basic instruction, and a willingness to try, fail and try again. Paint along with her and learn from her many mistakes, and you’ll soon make great art together.