Dirty Pours onto Photo Paper

I feel naked. I have nothing to pour on. Just 3 records left, no canvases, no panels. But I still want to paint so I’m getting desperate now. I hear that you can pour on photo paper. Is that true? Will it work? I decide to give it a try.

I’m also keen to try purple and green together, plus I love metallics so why not throw some silver into the mix.  Hmm, I don’t think that seems to go well together. Strangely hubby really likes them, but then we always did have very different ideas of what’s a good color scheme.

In the video here I’ll show you how I made 2 and then I made another 2 off the camera and will show you how they dried, how much the photo paper curled and what they look like after a couple of coats of varnish.

I really don’t know what to do with them now they are finished. They’re OK, not my favorite work, and it’s far too expensive here to buy photo mattes and frames. So I think they’ll just sit in my portfolio for now and if anyone likes them, they can have them!

Check out the slide show for more of the finished results.

Frequently Asked Questions about Dirty Pours onto Photo Paper

1. Can I use any type of photo paper for dirty pours?

It’s recommended to use glossy photo paper as it typically yields the best results.

2. Do I need to prepare the photo paper before pouring?

No specific preparation is needed; just ensure the paper is clean and dry.

3. Can I seal my dirty pour artworks created on photo paper?

Yes, using a clear sealant spray can help protect your artwork.

4. Will the colors mix on the photo paper?

The colors may mix, creating interesting patterns and effects.

5. How long does it take for the paint to dry on photo paper?

A5: It may take up to 24 hours, depending on the amount of paint and environmental conditions.

6. Can I use any type of acrylic paint?

Yes, most acrylic paints work well for dirty pours on photo paper.

7. Is this technique suitable for beginners?

Yes, this is a simple and approachable technique suitable for artists of all levels.

3 thoughts on “Dirty Pours onto Photo Paper”

  1. Hi Deby
    I enjoy viewing your videos. You mentioned that you didn’t like that your canvas panels warped. Try painting them on the front and back with gesso or paint and then letting the canvas panels dry before pouring. Hope this helps.

    1. Honestly Donna, I’ve tried everything from gesso to paint, to painting crosses on the back. I think the pouring method just leaves too much paint and makes them too wet. I will keep trying because I have some to use up, but mostly just for practice and experiments I think.

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