Puddle Pouring with Citrus Colors

Yummy, these colors make my mouth water. I'm using citrus colors today in bright yellow, orange, and green, plus some red and white. They also look very tropical to me, very Caribbean.

I'm still reluctant to go back to a dirty pour until I can be sure I have the consistency of my paints right because no one likes the muddy messy look I was getting when I started out. So today I'm adding the paints to the canvas in separate puddles, layering them up and then flowing the paint to create my shapes without too much mixing.

Still, as usual, my orange tries to take over! I'd love to get some feedback on this one, especially about my paints bleeding together like that, and secondly, when I torch why do I only ever get the tiny white cells popping through do you think? Clearly, I still need a lot more practice and experimentation.

Check out the video to see how I get on and then scroll down for the slideshow at the bottom that has more pictures of the finished painting.

https://youtu.be/TWRtRlGtBCclose-upsout the slideshow below for further pictures, both wet and dry, and some close-ups of those mouth-watering citrus details.

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Acrylic pouring puddle pours with citrus colors - video tutorial

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.

Comments

  1. White is the heaviest so it will always be the ‘bottom’ color. Try adding white last if you want to see different color cells.

  2. I’m a novice at acrylics of any type but I can add a comment from my experience in making effective agricultural spraying & cost effective. Silicone is a very interesting molecule in that all products containing silicone will not act the same b/c each formulation has different purpose which can be misleading. The best product for making water wetter to wet the whole surface and not bead up on the leaf of plants is a silicone surfactant. (Technically we call it hydrophilic -“water loving”). This product is very thin. However, in an oil like Treadmill lub it make water bead or at least not let it wet the surface like wax on a car. (Hydrophobic-water hating). Products that break the surface tension of water so a bead “melts” on to the surface and wets it we call dispersing. In acrylics this could be the effect of blending, mixing (muddy), or lacing. The silicone oil left in the surface not super mixed up would tend to coat paint or form a barrier between colors but extremely erratic maybe why cells are formed. The spray silicone should have some propelants that might cause dispersing as well as some bariers forming cells. A little goes a long way since more causes very small cells. Viscosity due thickness of mixture and due to the weight of the colors will cause cells by themselves, ie heavy titanium white on top of less viscous color will allow the white to sink thereby raising lighter colors in globs (cells). Dish soap is both hydrophobic and hydrophilic but requires much more quantity than silicone. I’ll have some experiments done by weekend to graphically illustrate the difference in acrylic. So maybe I speaking out of turn but if I wait I won’t reply b/c its on my mind since I just watched 4 of your videos. My thinking is that you would not want silicone in each of the colors but maybe half. But don not mix it in too much for larger cells.
    My thoughts! I’m more scientist than artist and am right in the middle of experimenting with acrylic art!

  3. Can you please repost the video link in this comments thread…. I copy/pasted the one above but it doesn’t work.
    Thanks.

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