A Beginner's Easy-To-Follow Guide on How to Start Acrylic Pouring
Acrylic pouring is a fairly recent social media craze, but it's actually a technique that has been around since the 1930s, discovered by the Mexican social realist painter David Alfaro Siqueiros.
The technique and the artwork created using it have mixed views in the art world. Critics often state that "anyone can pour acrylic paint," signifying that it takes no special talent. As easy as pouring can be, as this guide will show you, ignore the haters because there are elements to Acrylic pouring that are unique to each creator. Whether it be through the use of color theory, or by the means in how you create the piece (many different methods will be listed), i.e. no two works are the same.
1. Gather Your Materials
As the name implies, the medium of choice for these projects is Acrylic paint. You can use any brand, but depending on the initial thickness, you may need to add water (dutch pouring) or you can use the paints straight out of the bottle (thin paint like Apple Barrell may suffice, or you can buy paint pouring kits like the one from the popular name brand Arteza or from the lesser-known TMOL on Amazon)
You also need a canvas to work on, a heat gun, a hairdryer, and something to catch the leftover paint that falls from the canvas, like a trash bag or maybe even a piece of plexiglass. Other materials you need depend on the technique you're trying to achieve. Cups are the most popular but you can use just about anything.
Here are just a few things you can use:
- shot glasses
- sink stopper
- cookie cutter
- research techniques
- understand color theory
- find inspiration