How to Add Pizzazz (aka embellishment) to Pourings

Okay, I’ll be the first to admit I’m no expert when it come to doing acrylic pouring. In fact, I am still learning with the “trial and error method” of pouring with more “error” than “trial.”

Maybe you have had some of the same issues I have experienced with acrylic pourings:

1. They have many teeny, weeny, tiny baby cells. Whaaaaa!
2. The cells are all squished together and look like an oil spill on water.
3. The color choices were a little dark, too light, or what was I thinking?
4. The acrylic pouring lacks…oomph, pizzazz, appeal! Snore…Z Z Zzzzzz
5. Small cracks opened up in areas of the pourings looking like lava fissures around a volcano.

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Example of a pouring with fissures, oil slick, baby cells, and no pizzazz! Whaaaa!

Most of my pourings are not failures, however when I am disappointed with one…I won’t call it quits and give up. It must be pizzazzed or die a slow death under my bed never to be seen or gifted. This is where I get rather creative (if I do say so myself) with those lackluster pourings that are kinda pretty, but only your mom would love it (maybe).

My Tip: Embellish, Embellish, Embellish!

Here are some of my favorite embellishment options

My Process: I apply one coat of resin to my cleaned pouring (silicone oil removed if used) and let it dry 24 hours. Next, I paint a dragonfly using metallic acrylic paints and iridescent medium on top of the resin. Lastly, I add a second coat of resin over the entire pouring with the dragonfly. Sandwiching the painting between the two resin layers and creating a three dimensional effect. The dragonfly looks like it’s under glass!

Easier Option: The same as above, except first you paint the dragonfly directly on top of the acrylic pouring adding one coat of resin or a water based gloss Liquitex Varnish over the painting to seal and add a glossy finish.

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Supplies I Used:

I begin the process by cleaning my acrylic pouring (silicone oil removed) and then elevating it on upside down plastic cups so the resin drips off the paintings edge. Next, I add the first coat of clear resin and let it dry until the surface is hard to the touch. (About 24 hrs.)

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Supplies I Used (for my dragonfly):

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Next, I examine my pouring’s colors and resulting design to decide on the best image to use, size and placement. (I thought the metallic colors in the pouring reminded me of iridescent dragonfly wings.) I sketched the dragonfly onto tracing paper to help decide placement and correct sizing.

Once size and placement were decided, I traced the dragonfly on the resined surface using Saral Transfer Paper. Next, I painted using the same metallic colors I used in the pouring. When I was happy with my dragonfly I let it dry and then applied a thin coat of iridescent medium to the dragonfly body and wings. Lastly, I outlined the body with black paint using a thin brush and added a bit of white highlights.

Hint: A fine point black paint pen would also work.

Bonus #1: Resin fills in the fissures and intensifies the colors! Yes!

Bonus #2: Painting on a resin surface allows me to easily wipe off mistakes and start over again, again and again…which I did. If I didn’t like the way the dragonfly looked…it was off in a flash with the damp paper towel. You can do this an endless numbers of wipe-outs.


4 thoughts on “How to Add Pizzazz (aka embellishment) to Pourings”

  1. Debbie Harback

    Hi, really enjoyed your idea of embilishments for not so great pours. My problem is that I can’t draw well. So how do I overcome this problem. Do a do a tracing? I also adore dragonflies.

    1. Shushana Caplan

      Find pictures of dragonflies or other creatures online. Many are copywrite free. Print and enlarge if necessary. Then use Midge’s technique for tracing on your pour and painting to match.

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