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.
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.
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.