How to Pour Vintage Peonies

It was really by accident that I created my first vintage looking peony painting.  Most of you know what I’m talking about when I say it started out as a less than stellar pour, pretty boring actually, so I started playing around with it hoping to give it some flare. A couple random swipes through it didn’t excite me so after looking at it for awhile I decided to do something I’d been wanting to try for a while – using plastic for a flower dip. I figured a painting I was pretty much convinced to scrap would be a good place to practice.Instead of scrapping it, I was rewarded with a very happy surprise! So I’ve made another painting to share with you how I did it.   

I’m always so grateful to the amazing fluid artists whose willingness to share their discoveries and new techniques keep inspiring me to try new things myself. I want to credit Fiona Art and her gorgeous flower dips for inspiring this peony design.

My video will cover everything I did to create this pretty painting.  

Supplies I Used:  

Basic instructions

  1. Pour the background.
  2.  To make the flowers, make a spiral with your white the size you want your flower then spiral some extra pink right in the center.
  3. Lay your plastic on the spiral, making sure all the paint for the flower has contact with the plastic but don’t squish it down too hard. (I like to make sure my plastic square is wide enough so I can hold two sides, which makes it easier to lift when I’m ready rather than dropping the whole square into the paint and trying to fish it out.)
  4. Pull two sides together then (tricky!) lift and pull the other two sides together and quickly pull the plastic straight up and off the canvas.  

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I keep the base white very thin just to help the background colors move on the canvas, but I mix the background colors and the white and pink for the flowers slightly thicker than my normal pours. Hint: When you lift the popsicle stick and let paint run back off into the rest of the paint in the cup, it should form a slight mound as it drops back into the rest of the paint but disappears almost immediately.   

Make sure you clean the paint off your gloves between doing each dip because slippery gloves make it hard to pick up the plastic!

Make your plastic squares large enough to completely cover your flower spirals and not too large for smaller ones.  

The key to the flower shape is how successfully you can evenly pull all sides of the plastic together and then straight up from the canvas.

Have fun!!  Even if it turns out differently than what I’ve shown you, it will be your unique piece, which is one of the many things I love about this art form!

23 thoughts on “How to Pour Vintage Peonies”

    1. You’re right about the “like” button! I’m glad you enjoyed the video.

  1. Wilfriede Axsmith

    Your creativity is amazing, the flowers are realistic and have a vintage look. Beautiful work and an inspiration. Wilfriede

  2. María José Martínez Grimaldo

    El aspecto es muy bonito, pero no veo cómo se hace. por lo tanto, no lo entiendo. Gracias.

  3. Pure pour talent! I am not sure I understand why you put so much work into the base
    pour since it is barely visible with the flowers. Thank you for so generously sharing
    your talent!

    1. Thank you barbara! I really just do a background for the variation in colors and a little bit of background texture. I think it helps make it look more interesting, rather than just a plain back ground, which is why I just did a quick layered pour and tilt, but you certainly wouldn’t have to do that. 🙂

  4. Beautiful. I have found using “store brand”, aka, cheap gallon size zipper bags easier to work with rather than the more stiff, crinkle type of wrap. I cut it to size depending on the look I’m going for. It’s more ply-able, therefore easier to grab all sides without disturbing the paint until you are ready to pull up. Thanks for showing us this technique and yes, Fiona is fabulous!

    1. Kathy Wesolek, using the storage bags is a great idea!! Thank you for sharing this with us!

    2. Oh thank you Kathy! Great tip on the zipper bags! Thanks for watching the video!

  5. Connie Gruning

    OHHHHMMMMGEEEEEEEE!! I’m getting my gloves on right now! THANK YOU for this video!! I can’t wait to see my masterpiece!

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