I fancied revisiting a technique I had used some time back, when I blew through a straw to create ‘flames’ in red-orange and yellow against a black background. We call this a dutch pour and it can be done with a hair dryer, straw and lungs, or anything that blows air really. It was really striking. I thought it would be a nice way to create some movement and flow in the paints, while also preserving some negative space in white around the edges. You just can’t easily get this sort of look with a dirty pour or a flip cup or any of the other acrylic pouring techniques.
The straw allows you a certain degree of precision when it comes to moving the paint. I started with a puddle pour in the center and layered up paints in cobalt blue, ultramarine blue, white, a metallic teal and a bright green I mixed myself from emerald green and chrome yellow. A circle of white around the outside gave me the negative space to blow into. See how I did it in the video below.
I think really I had too much color because I ended up with less white negative space than I had intended, but wow, I still love it! So much so that I’m planning a much bigger one, in fact, my biggest project yet – and just like this one. Look out for the video on that coming very soon.
As usual, check out the slideshow below for lots more pictures, both wet and dry, and close-ups of the details.
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.