Acrylic Pouring is a painting technique introduced in the 1930s by Mexican social realist painter David Alfaro Siqueiros. He discovered that different colors of diluted paint would spread, coalesce, and infiltrate one another depending on the density of the paint. He called it ‘accidental painting’.
Pour Painting has recently become a popular craft for people who like to experiment with color and unorthodox techniques. It would be realistic to expect a work of art to hang on your wall the first time you try it! Unless…
you are, like me, shall we say ‘unlucky’, in which case it is a good thing that pour paints are quite content with being stacked, layer upon layer, two or three times… before the final product is declared a reasonable ‘first’ attempt.
We don’t make mistakes, just happy little accidents.
― Bob Ross, creator and host of The Joy of Painting’ –
I call my first painting “Ghostbusters”. I think you can clearly see how the nuclear-powered zappers have affected the ghosts. This painting is suitable for display in any room with a ‘disgusting stuff containment unit’ – like our bathroom.
My second painting is called ‘Third Time Lucky’ because there are two unsuccessful layers of paint under the lucky layer. I see microbial creatures swimming around in murky water – maybe this should hang over my washing machine.
As my artist’s statement explains, my work is utterly incomprehensible and is therefore full of deep significance.
– Calvin – cartoon character, Calvin and Hobbes –
Mucking about with paint (other than the kind I put on a wall) is a new experience for me. I’m really enjoying it, but it is a messy craft, so the next step in my artistic progression was to carve out a place to practice it. The Car Guy offered me one small work table in his garage, but there were more drawbacks than advantages to that location. I moved it all into my craft room. I protected the work services and floor with multiple yards of heavy plastic. Then I opened a couple windows and used a fan to ensure good ventilation.
My next two paintings were on round pieces of wood. They will probably be made into clocks. I call the smaller one, on the right, ‘Under a Microscope’. The larger one on the left is ‘Full Moon’. (I had mixed up too much paint for ‘Full Moon’ so used it up on ‘Under a Microscope’.)
What happened when a ship carrying red paint collided with a ship carrying blue paint?
Both crews were marooned.
– Author Unknown –
Another leftover paint project is two small canvas panels that I call ‘River Delta’. The paint was excess from my Rocky Sunflower project.
My last project while still in Arizona is on wood – my initials.
Have you tried acrylic pour painting?