I became serious about painting 11 years ago. I went to a few art classes to begin with. I’ve always had a natural talent and am very creative. I learned quite a few mediums at first as I wanted to figure out what I like best. I then found I love working with pastels. I went straight into doing pet portraits. I did that and realism. That was okay for a while, but I found it to be too serious as I’m a perfectionist. I needed to branch out and find something fun to do. So I searched out YouTube videos looking for something I might be interested in. That’s when I found acrylic pouring! Well now I’m having a blast… but still something is missing for me. I started to see creations within the pours I did and then started to embellish on them. I had no idea that was a thing either until I was invited to another group for embellished pours! So let’s get started on the process of the wise old owl I painted.. I didn’t know it was going to be an owl at first. But I wanted a background that looked woody so that I could embellish something to do with nature.
Supplies I Used:
- Liquid acrylic paintin golden brown, burnt umber, black, white, yellow ocre, raw sienna, phthalo green, and vintage gold
- White pastel stick
I used a 12×20” stretched canvas. Which I primed with Gesso and let dry for 24 hours. For the pour I used two parts floetrol one part paint little water until I got a honey like consistency. No silicone.
The colors for the pour I used liquid craft paint… golden brown (added to the golden brown just a little vintage gold metallic) burnt umber, black and white. I layered the pour in vertical stripes starting with black at the bottom. Then I randomly layered the other colours working my way up to the top of the canvas. I added a small strip of black in the middle bottom too. At the top I used a bigger white stripe. Then I did a swipe. I swiped down starting from the white with dry paper towel, a big enough piece to cover the whole top of the canvas and swiped the white all in one swipe all the way down to the black. I let the canvas dry for a couple weeks.
Now for the embellishment: I used good quality heavy body acrylic paint. Colors are titanium white, burnt umber, yellow ocre, raw sienna, burnt sienna and black. Oh and tiny bit of phthalo green for the eyes.
I sketched the owl onto the dry poured canvas with a soft white pastel stick. I painted the eyes and beak first. Then I painted the rest of the owl. I watered down my paints in certain parts so I could still see the pour come through the owl. I didn’t use a spray varnish or any other type of shine. When you use good quality paints you don’t need that. Unless you personally like the shiny look. So there you have it! It’s finished and I love it! My wise old owl.
Old soul and artist at heart!
Born and raised in a small town in northern Alberta, Canada. I was inspired by the beauty I was surrounded by. During our long cold Canadian winters I sketched and danced. Those were my first passions. Later on I opened up my own Hair studio and I continued to create for the beauty industry! I married my childhood sweetheart, we have two boys and through them our family is expanding!
I am now semi-retired and have begun to focus more on my art! I look forward to spending more time creating and dabbling in new mediums!