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Paint Pour

Acrylic Paint Pouring is a fascinating technique of fluid movement on a canvas. Using a few materials and your own movements, you and your loved ones can create a beautiful work of art!

What you need:

  • Acrylic Paint - a variety of colours (at least 3)

  • Latex Extender liquid

  • Silicone/Treadmill lubricant (ex. WD40 Silicone)

  • Canvas, framed and mounted

  • Plastic cups, large (red cups, etc.), for each paint colour and extra

  • Mixing tools, such as brush or craft stick

Prepare Workstation:

  • Ensure that you are using a clear, levelled tabletop surface.

  • Place newspapers onto the table to catch any spills from the paint. You may also opt to use a shallow pan or plastic tub that is larger than the canvas surface, as the paint will spill over the edges.

  • Protect clothing by using a painting bib, apron, or old clothing

  • You may also wish to wear latex or rubber gloves

Prepare Paints:

  1. In a plastic cup, pour in a fair amount of one colour of paint, depending on how many pieces of artwork you will be making.

  2. Add Latex Extender liquid (the ratio is 3/4 paint and 1/4 of extender).

  3. Add 1 - 2 drops of the Silicone and mix well.

  4. The consistency of the paint should be thinner than usual and easy to pour without being too runny or "watery".

**You can find Latex Extender and Silicone at most hardware stores.

Paint Pour Method:

  1. Once all colours have been mixed with their additives in their respective cups, ensure that your work station prepared.

  2. Using an empty cup, begin to pour each colour (about 1/4 cup of each) into the cup one at a time, layering one colour on top of the other, WITHOUT mixing them in.

  3. Place canvas flat on the tabletop surface, and gently pour the cup of layered paints onto the center of the canvas.

  4. Immediately, using your hands, lift and tilt the canvas to allow the paint to flow across the canvas until the surface and the edges are covered in paint. **Paint WILL drip and pour off the edges, so not to worry - it will get messy!

  5. Place the painted canvas flat on a drying rack or tabletop and let dry for at least 24 hrs.

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