While unpacking some new paints recently, I realized something. Whenever I make a pour, I always include white or black in addition to my main colors. So I thought, Why not go back to the basics and do the simplest of pours, using only the three primary colors: red, yellow, and blue?
This video is the result of that idea.
Supplies I Used
- BULK-KRYLIC paint made by Nasco. The 3 colors are:
- Phthalo Blue
- Chrome Yellow
- Brite Red
- Silicone by 3in1 (that really is the name of the company that makes it, they also make three in one oil)
- Zinsser Paint Booster (aka Zinsser Flow Control Additive)
- Water (I use the water right out of the faucet but I’m told in a lot of areas of the country you need to use bottled water)
For the pour, I tested out a new-to-me brand of paint, Bulk-Krylic by Nasco, which I ordered for a reasonable price from Amazon. No complaints, but I did end up having to thin it down quite a bit, as you’ll see below.
The video shows what can happen when you use equal amounts of red, yellow, and blue paint, with equal quantities of Zinsser Paint Booster and silicone added to each color. When the flip cup is removed, an explosion of color comes alive on the canvas. Then I use a full-size torch to bring out additional color cells.
The end result is a richly colored canvas anchored in moody blues and greens and slashed by a passionate jolt of crimson. I hope you enjoy seeing the process and the final painting.
Steve Shaw is an artist and teacher living in Atlanta, Georgia. His days are spent in the classroom teaching his students the basics of art and self-expression. In the evenings and weekends, he paints. Steve has shown his work in several galleries in the Southeast and has illustrated three children’s books. Recently Steve has discovered acrylic pour painting and is putting all his other projects on hold while he journeys down this artistic road.