If you follow any of the Facebook groups for Acrylic Pouring, you may have seen images and videos from a guy called Casey who does the most amazing swipes. Usually very simple colors, but a very striking result and awesome big cells.
Today I’m trying to adapt my swipe technique based on his tips to see if I can create the much larger cells that he gets with his swipes. (Casey has since been in touch and said he learned from Quinton Brunner so Quinton, you get a mention as our swiping mentor – thank you!)
Plus it’s time to make something specifically for my husband. His favorite colors are red and black together, so add a dash of white and I have a simple three-color scheme to try out this new swipe. Plus I can’t resist to add a little metallic so in go a few dashes of gold too. Check out how I do in the video.
It’s not exactly like his results, although it’s so darned awesome! I have a lot of really beautifully defined mini cells and a really good cell coverage over the entire tile. Lots of amazing little details and hubby already loves it.
But I was wondering if paint consistency matters. In his videos, his paints are very thin. Is this the secret to getting good swipes? Should my paints be thinner in order to create the bigger cells, and the paints thicker for things like dirty pours and flip cups?
Only one way to find out. In the next video, I’ll be thinning those paints some more and giving it another try to see what happens. In the meantime, can’t complain about this beauty!
Check out the pictures, wet, dry and the details in the slide show below.
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.