I’ve been looking for some inspiration lately, so I was going through the YouTube channel for acrylicpouring.com when I found Steve’s Summer Wave video. The wave gave me a new idea, since I didn’t have many oceanic colors at my disposal but lots of primary colors to choose from I decided to do something of a circle swipe.
Supplies I Used:
- DecoArt Americana in Cool White, Bright Yellow, Bright Green, Bright Blue, and Red Alert
- Plastic Cups
- Plastic straws
- Foam paint brush
Back in my water color days, I used to tinker with circular continuous brush strokes with layering colors. And since acrylic pouring is all about layering color and there’s a technique specifically for a continuous stroke in this art style I decided to give it a go. I’d tried a circle swipe before but was flying rather blind so this time I used a wave swipe as a template, as it ends on the canvas rather than off like a traditional swipe. I started out by prepping my canvas with some white and making a little staggered puddle for my colors. I knew this puddle wouldn’t drag all the way around but I wanted to create a little trail for myself so I could add more paint along the way and go for another swipe.
Since I had so much red left as my swipe color I decided to put little splashes of green, blue, and yellow on the trail and swipe from the other direction. I continued to swipe at different parts of the circle until it had just the shape I wanted. Of course it wasn’t a perfect circle, but that’s what I always liked about my brush stroke experiments, the little offshoots and extra lines.
The cells that came about were a beautiful surprise and I even loved having the line for where my swipe rag began the whole thing. And since I had a little left in my cups I decided to take the brush I used to prep my canvas and make little ripple lines on the white space of the canvas. Trying this technique out brushed some of the dust off of something I’ve loved in my artistic past and something I hope to make more part of my future. Next time I think I’ll try a more monochromatic color scheme and maybe a different tool so I have more control over the circular motion.