You know how those YouTubers make this look so easy? When you are starting out, it really isn’t easy. Even if you appear to copy what they do, follow their advice, your paintings never look the same? Hmm, yes, me too. But I’m still new, still learning, still trying, still experimenting and still failing. But still determined and still loving the process.
Today I’m copying – yes, outright copying someone else (all due homage to Annemarie for making us all addicted to this and showing us the way). I want to see if I can follow and get the same results, or will I fail? To be fair, I’m not exactly copying because although we might start off with the same idea, as usual, mine doesn’t work out as expected and I’m soon off and down a rabbit hole all of my own making.
Today, keeping it simple with just red, white and blue. Keeping it economical by pouring onto some free photo paper I have. Surprisingly, I get 4 for the price of 1! And they are all gorgeous. So for once, I was doing something right. Check out the video below.
My photo paper didn’t really do so well, but if you would like to try painting, pouring, swiping and dipping with acrylic paints on paper, I recommend getting YUPO paper – which isn’t paper at all, and will not warp and bend when wet.
Here’s a slideshow of the completed paintings and the details. Enjoy!
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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.
3 thoughts on “Swiping with Red, White and Blue on Photo Paper”
I’m a beginner and I love working with acrylic paint.
I am a beginner at this and still not getting cells. I like what I get but want to see cells help please. It might have to do with the recipe. Could you give that??
There are so so many different recipes and no one recipe that magically can give cells for everyone because most likely all are using different brands of paint. I do have a standard ‘easy cells’ recipe included in the Getting Started with Acrylic Pouring ebook which I’ve tried and tested and should work for everyone if you follow it exactly. Or my YT videos usually list out all of the ingredients I am using and the ratios. Sorry there is no easy answer to this question.