Embellishing an Acrylic Pour with Lanterns

Hello, my name is Carolyn Wallace and I have been painting with acrylics for about seven years and recently found paint pouring. I recently posted a piece named “The Lantern” on the Acrylic Pouring Facebook Group and wanted to share some more information on my embellishment process. 

I would love to be able to share a fancy secret recipe for my paint mix but I can’t. It’s all pretty basic, one part paint to two parts Floetrol. With this piece due to its size I did go with Apple Barrel paint. I personally like the thin coat I get so embellishments are easier.

Supplies I Used:

I added a few drops of silicone to all my colors; red, orange, yellow, and black. The white that I laid down first over the whole canvas did not have silicone. I then did the normal swipe with black and let it dry for about a week. You can see the result of the first swipe below before any embellishments.

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Now for the big question, embellishments. For most of my paintings, including this one, I don’t decide what to do for an embellishment until after the pouring part of the process is finished. I do the pour and wait to see what comes to mind.For me it’s like that cloud game you played as a kid, you stare at the clouds until you see something like an animal or shape. That’s what I do with my pours, just stare at the pour until I see what the final painting could be. 

Once I had the idea for the lanterns in my mind, then I start embellishing. This part comes easy for me because, as I said, I have been painting for some time and I just build right on top of the pour. I treat it like a blank canvas and just paint what I want, how I want it. 

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I use Liqutex Basics for all my embellishments and in this case I took titanium white and did my “ghost painting” as I call it. This is just a thin white silhouette of the shapes or images I’m adding. I let that dry and then paint in all my details right on top. 

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Once my painting is dry I varnish it using rustoleum gloss clear 2x ultra cover and she’s good to go. 

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A tip for those new to embellishing: I feel that you need to go with what your comfortable with. If you’re not used to brush painting then maybe start with an old poured canvas, you know those junk ones we all have from trying something. Just practice on something like that first. Or even draw on plain paper for a design first. No need to get in over your head if you’re not ready. 

I really hope this was helpful and I want to thank everyone for all the kind words and love you have shown for my art. It really has encouraged me to paint even more.

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9 thoughts on “Embellishing an Acrylic Pour with Lanterns”

  1. The lantern painting is so absolutely beautiful!!! I too embellish paintings but this just speaks to me! Thank you for touching my soul.

    1. Carolyn Wallace

      Aww thank you so much. I’m so glad you enjoy it. It’s all I want to do is make beautiful things for people to enjoy.

  2. Margaret Joseph

    I love your lantern painting so much! Your information for each stage of the process was so helpful and clear. It has inspired me to try embellishing some of my paintings, which is something I have been too scared to try! Thank you so much!!!

  3. MaryAnn Sanford-Terrien

    I live your lantern painting…very pretty. I would live to embellish more…but I am the kind of person who likes to work out a pattern on paper first and then transfer it to my surface and I am having trouble doing that…graphite paper doesn’t seem to work and neither does chalk…do you have any suggestions for a transfer process?

  4. Amazing imagination. I would love to see more.

    Even if you are self taught, I can see you as a designer of Hallmark cards and perhaps your own business like Anne Geddes, the photographer who had wonderful calendars, cards, etc of new born babies in costumes. Your family will be very proud of your accomplishments.

  5. suzanne burgess

    Beautiful lanterns you help to inspire us all , I have only just started paint pouring and also making jewelery from the paint that has dripped off ,having fun with that. regards

  6. What an amazing and beautiful painting! I, too, have thought some cells look like Chinese lanterns but, oh my gosh, you fleshed that idea out and brought it to life. Exquisite.

  7. Dziękuję za podpowiedzi. Jestem amatorką…wiekową…. ale zawsze pasjonowały mnie rzeczy nowe, inne. Zobaczyłam wylewany obraz i szalałam….wylewała…myłam…wylewałam….nie do końca były “moje” chyba rozumiesz o czym myśle taki jak wyszedł a nie taki pod moje dyktando. Teraz odważyłam się i “domalowałam” Ty to nazywasz pięknie upiekszaniem. Wspaniałe uczucie . Dziękuję

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