I see so many beautiful acrylic pours done as a pair of canvases or even a triptych. Could I create my own matching pair of canvases using pouring? I thought I would try to ‘photocopy’ one painting onto another.
I thought I would try something a little bit different and instead of putting two canvases next to each other and creating a painting that flowed naturally across both, I would try to create a matching pair of paintings where one was a near mirror image of the other.
I’m using the dipping method to create these canvases. I’ve done a lot of dipping in the past because it’s how I use up all of my spilled and wasted paint, but most of them never make their way onto the blog or YouTube channel. There are a couple of previous examples you might like:
Materials used in this video:
- Art Alternatives paints (this supplier sends Free Shipping worldwide)
- Blick student acrylic paints
- 10-inch economy canvases from value pack
- 8oz squeeze bottles
My paint recipe for these paintings:
- 1 part Floetrol
- 2 parts paint
- water as needed
- There may have been a few drops of treadmill silicone in some of the ready-mixed paints.
In this video, I am going to try to dip one canvas directly onto the other. Let’s see how I get on!
So I counting that as pretty darned successful. OK, so they aren’t exact copies. The paint is slightly different in each, one has different cells to the other, the centers are a bit different because of the way the white made the cells. But what I do like is that you can display these pictures any way up, all 4 sides work and in each case it exactly mirrors the other one. It feels almost a little bit like magic! I would definitely do something like this again in future.
As usual, here is my slideshow of the pictures, both wet close-ups, 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.