Acrylic pouring is an awesome craft! Fun for all ages, the process is rather therapeutic and rewarding. You do not have to be a wildly creative human to get beautiful results. Let's jump in.
Some basic materials consist of craft store bought acrylic paints, pouring medium, gesso, canvas or something made from plaster of paris and optional personal protective gear such as, latex gloves and those "shop clothes" that you don't feel terrible about getting paint on.
To achieve the desired viscosity and pouring rate, you can start with water. Fluid acrylics won’t need much and for a coated pour, only a small amount is necessary. Adding more water will also change how well the paint adheres to your surface, so avoid adding more than a 1:1 ratio. Don't sweat perfection, you’ll discover all types of fun effects.
Prep your surface with gesso. It does not matter if you are pouring over a canvas or a plaster casted skull
, it all begins with the surface prep and gesso will help with holding the paint to the pouring surface.
Let it RIP! Grab up your first color, make sure your surface is clean and the gesso is completely cured. Keep in mind, there is no right or wrong and control is not something you have, so let go, smile and make a beautiful mess. Pour! tip the cup and notice the stream of paint coming out thick or thin...work with the flow and add or reduce when you see what you like.
Layers, like an onion Puddles, rings, splatters and drops will appear and lots of paint will voluntarily will be spilled. GOOD! Maybe you decided to layer on a few colors but want to draw the material outward...grab a Lazy Susan and spin that puppy! Perhaps you want to draw material from top to bottom. Simply prop up the piece and drip from the top. Again, no rules here.