Looking back through all the things I’ve tried (and many of the things I’ve failed at) over the last few months, I realized I had never done a multi-cup flip cup painting. In truth, I’m a bit scared of spilling all that paint everywhere. I can be a bit clumsy. So let’s do it – one multi-cup flip cup acrylic pour painting coming up!
I’m working well outside my comfort zone today by trying some very different color combinations. Don’t you find that you have favorite colors and just work with those all the time because it’s ‘easy’, you know how they will mix and how it will look. Today I’m throwing caution to the wind and going with colors I rarely use so let’s see what happens when we mix and flip these ones together. I’m using 3 small flip cups and white to break up the colors.
Materials used in this project:
12-inch gallery wrapped canvas
Blick Student Acrylics Chrome Yellow
Liquitex Basics Dioxazine Purple and Quinacridone Magenta
Art Alternatives Burnt Umber and Titanium White
Treadmill belt lubricant
Recipe for this project:
1 part Floetrol to 2 parts paint
Water as needed for the right paint consistency
A drop of treadmill belt lubricant in each color
The colors reminded me of Cadbury chocolate somehow – the mix of the chocolate color and the rich purple with the white. Although in the end I still ended up with a rather too balanced composition may be. I feel looking now like I should have placed the cups and the white space rather more off center – the accountant in me still likes to have things in neat rows! This one will be in the Etsy shop soon.
As usual check out the slideshow below for more photos of this painting, both wet and dry, and close ups of the details. Thank you for watching.
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.