Acrylic Pouring Hammer Technique Tutorial

I don’t know about you but using a hammer on my canvases sounds a bit dangerous. I’m willing to give it a try on your behalf, so here’s how to do the hammer technique with acrylic paints.

Acrylic paint hammer technique. Video tutorial for how to use the hammer technique to create amazing flower-like designs with acrylic paint. Got to try it soon!

In this painting I used:
A plastic spoon – forget it, doesn’t work well (Try a metal spoon instead)
Apple Barrel Cloudless as my base coat
Assorted colors of Art Alternatives paints
A hammer !
10 inch square canvas (from Art Alternatives multi-pack)

I thought a hammer might be a bit overkill. They are only paints, surely you don’t need to hit them that hard! So I gave it a try by slapping the paints with a plastic spoon. Good idea in theory, but it just doesn’t work. The spoon is too light and the paint just sticks to it when you lift the spoon back up again, messing up any design. I didn’t, however, try it with a metal spoon so maybe you can do your own experiments with that.

Drop into the Facebook Group and let me know how you get on!

So check out the video below for the creation of ‘Happy Garden’ using a hammer. Did I make a hole in the canvas? No – all was good!

As usual, here is the slideshow with lots of pictures of this painting, both wet and dry, and closeups of the details. Enjoy!

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.

Comments

  1. I’l have to try hammering again. I keep trying to think of smething other than a hammer to use — bottle captops.. I have a bunch of hammers for jewelry making and a couple for toll use, so it’s not about a lack of hammers. I love the idea of exploding stacks of color — but the flower technique I adore is about blowing. Breath pressure through a straw has a similiar effect — plosive– without the hole in the center that the hammer makes

  2. Thank you for sharing this hammer style. I made give it a go! Watching you video, I think it may make a difference if you hammer straight down vs off to the side/on an angle – maybe?

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