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THE acrylic pour PROCESS

01.

the mix

This where each of the paint colors needed for the paintings are mixed with various amounts of acrylic pouring medium such as Floetrol, Liquitex or even Elmer’s clear glue (usually a combination of a couple of these) until I get the color and density I need.  Individual paint brands and differently pigmented paints require varying amounts of pouring medium to achieve the correct pouring consistency for a specific pour.  The paint mixture needed for a single canvas is measured and combined into one or more pouring containers, depending on the type of pour to be completed.  Due to the viscosity of the mixed mediums, paint layers in the container do not mix at this stage. The trick here is to envision a desired result on the canvas but, in reality, a pourer has limited control over the final outcome!  Paint mixing takes quite a bit of time, so I usually mix paint for 4-5 paintings at one sitting.

02.

the pour

Where the painting comes to life! There are myriad pouring techniques and I love trying new methods.  This is the point of no return for the paint.  Once the paint hits the canvas there is very little the pourer can do to change the outcome. There are many instances where the result is completely opposite to what the artist had envisioned, and it is at this point that a canvas is often scraped!  On the other hand, the magic that occurs when pouring the paint often results in something quite unexpected, but lovely!!  Like many art projects, this step is the shortest part of the process but has the biggest irreversible impact on the final image.  The photo above shows a container pour; the paint is all layered in one container and then poured onto the canvas in a back and forth motion. I also use pouring cups, funnels, 3D printed sectioned pouring cans, and other container shapes to achieve the various affects you see in my paintings.

03.

the STRETCH

My last chance to get it right!  With the paint on the canvas there is a working time of 20-40 minutes where the paint is still fluid enough to manipulate.  The canvas is tilted and turned to get the entire canvas covered in a pleasing and very artistic design.  Other techniques are used at this stage such as blowing (with a hair dryer or straw), spinning, and swiping. There are examples of many of these techniques in my galleries.  The game is not over yet, the pouring medium causes the various paints to react within the painting for another 2-3 hours during which low density paint rises (often creating cells) and peripheral mixing occurs.  I am always excited to see the result about 4 hours after the pour.  A painting will be dried within 48 hours but requires curing for a good 3-4 weeks due to the pouring medium, before transporting.

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