Butterfly Effect – Mono-Printing One Painting from Another

We discussed in our chat group a possible name for this acrylic pouring technique. Although I am told the correct term for creating one painting from another would be mono-printing, that just doesn’t sound pretty enough. Acrylic pouring terms should be more colorful. So I’m deciding to call this one the Butterly Effect.

How to make two near identical matching paintings with acrylic pouring 'dipping' or butterfly technique. Video tutorial.

I had created a matching set of paintings before in this video and since they had come out so nicely, I’ve been keen to create more. This time, I did not make the best choice of colors. You’ll see that later when the painting is dry. But it did look really good when it was wet, and not altogether bad when dry either. I think the rectangular canvases also give this set a bit more interest because they can be displayed in lots of different ways.

Materials used in this painting:
Art Alternatives acrylics in titanium white
Blick Student Acrylics in black and white
Canvas from economy pack
8oz squeeze bottles
KY True Feel dimethicone
4oz cups with lids
Liquitex Basics paints in Prism Violet and Quinacridone Magenta
Polycrylic gloss protective finish
Pebeo Iridescent acrylics in Violet Blue

Recipe for this painting:
All paints were mixed approx 2 parts paint, 1 part Floetrol plus water as needed to consistency. A single drop of the KY dimethicone in each color. Treadmill silicone in the black and white.

There were a couple of mistakes made in this one. Firstly, the second time I put the canvases together, the colors did mix a bit more than the first time I pulled them apart. I think I liked it better the first time. So if you get some thin bits of paint like I did, best to fill in with your brush rather than put the two canvases together a second time. Secondly, the choice of colors. The prism violet is so transparent and dried really dark. Against the black paint, once it was dry, you could hardly see it was there. It looks great with the white, but I’d avoid using it with so much black in the future. The end result is still pleasing though and I’ll happily have these for sale in my Etsy store.

As usual, here is a slide show of images from this pour, both wet and dry, and close-ups of the lovely details.

8 thoughts on “Butterfly Effect – Mono-Printing One Painting from Another”

  1. Lesley Pauline Lang.. used my full name encase you thought I was male... lol

    OH WOW! Deby.. what a great affect. The butterfly affect, I just have to try it! what a great idea!!! I don’t know what I would do without your ideas. You have taught me so much. I am defiantly addicted!..lol Thank you for sharing. I do so appreciate it!!!

  2. Claire Vanfleteren

    I’ve known Deby the butterfly technique for thirty years, but not with so many colors and not with cells. I think it is very nice and will certainly try it.
    Thanks for sharing.

  3. Carmen Abernathie

    Thanks for your videos and information! I, too, am learning so much. I tried the butterfly effect, but I didn’t care for my color choice. It’s not nearly as striking as yours! My paint was also too thick.

  4. Your paintings are magnificent & l love to watch & listen to your videos as your accent is so mesmerizing. Also, l am a novice to this acrylic painting & l need advice on what type of small torch to buy @ a reasonable price, as l just want to make cells, not creme burlee.
    Thanks for listening. God Bless

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