Swiping an acrylic pour painting with a paper towel

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Today I’m going to try a new way of swiping. One of the group members wrote and told me about swiping with a wet paper towel and I’m intrigued to give it a try. It has some advantages that I think could make this a great method for swiping large canvases.

Swiping technique video. Swiping with a paper towel to make cells in your acrylic pouring paintings. Video tutorial.

If you’ve been following for a while, you’ll know that I like to use a small card for my swipes. Usually one of those paint sample cards from the DIY store, or a playing card. I really do like the variety I get over a painting, by having multiple smaller swipes with all the areas in between the swipes, or where the swipes overlap each other. Today let’s try something different – a single swipe that covers the whole width of the painting. That will be a new look for me and I love to try out new things.

Materials used in this painting:
Acrylic paints – various brands and colors
Floetrol
Treadmill silicone oil
Gallery wrapped canvas
Paper towel (kitchen towel/kitchen roll – whatever you call it where you are)
Polycrylic protective finish

Well, that worked well. I spoiled it a little bit by not giving myself enough room to swipe right off the bottom of the painting because all of my bottles of paint were in the way, so remember that and give yourself plenty of room to work. The wet paper towel was the perfect weight for swiping with the added bonus that you can make it to any size you like for making large single swipes too. I did get a very uniform look and lots of little cells, so if that’s what you are looking for, the wet paper towel is the perfect swipe too.

As usual here is a slideshow of some images from this pour.

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6 thoughts on “Swiping an acrylic pour painting with a paper towel”

  1. Hi Deby
    I think this is the best thing that has ever been done because you can pull across the line.
    A big congratulations for the lady who passed it on.
    I am also trying something and then send it to people
    Greetings
    Claire

    1. It depends on how much paint I mix up. If I start with a tablespoon of paint, then add the mediums, water etc, then that would get 1 or 2 drops. If I mix up a whole 8 oz bottle then I might add 10-12 drops in the bottle and shake it through. Hope that helps.

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