Whenever I do a pour painting, my natural inclination is to pick up several shades of blue and start mixing. Turquoise is my favorite color, and the liquid nature of pouring pushes toward a water-themed painting almost every time. Almost every time—but not this time. On this pour, I wanted something different. I wanted something exciting rather than soothing. I wanted something bold rather than calm. I was looking for some fire!
Supplies I Used
- Paints by Apple Barrel. The three colors used were: Black, Real Red, and Real Yellow.
- Silicone by 3in1 (The same company that makes 3in1 oil)
- Zinsser Paint Booster (a.k.a., Zinsser Flow Control Additive)
- Water (In Atlanta, I use the water right out of the faucet, but you may need to use bottled water.)
- One 16×20 inch canvas
I had never done a fire pour before, so I decided to keep things simple. I would only use two colors plus a swipe color. I went with what I had on hand, which was “Real Red” and “Real Yellow,” plus black, all made by Apple Barrel.
Lately, I have moved away from using Floetrol and have just been adding water to my paints, plus a few shots of Zinsser Paint Booster to help prevent the paint from cracking when it dries. I mixed up the red and yellow to a creamy consistency and left my black paint nice and thick.
I like to work fairly large, so I used a 16×20 inch canvas. I added several drops (actually a small squirt) of silicone to the red and yellow paints and poured it across the canvas. Finally, I poured on the black and carefully swiped it across the canvas.
What emerged was dramatic. The yellow and red stayed bright and the black added some beautiful dark contrast. I used a torch on the canvas just out of curiosity, to see if more cells would appear. A few did, but the piece mostly maintained its original splendor.
I think my fiery pour was a success. Take a look and see if you agree.