4 Acrylic Pouring Tips And Techniques

Many people have been practicing acrylic pouring to achieve consistency and beauty in their printing. But, if not done well, acrylic pouring can be messy, frustrating and costly. Because there are so many tips and techniques to acrylic paint pour that many do not know, one has to understand the process to conduct experiments and gain knowledge of how and what to do.

For you to be successful in acrylic pouring you first need a well set up and clean studio. Acrylic pours take a while to dry, and the paint layers and dust can easily become embedded into the film if caution is not taken. A slight mistake such as a bad angle is enough to cause issues with pours.

You need free-flowing liquid paints and mediums for the pouring process, and you need to adjust the viscosity and flow rate so that the paints interact with each other. Here are four beneficial acrylic pouring tips and techniques you should know.

Use Enough Paint to Cover the Canvas and Use the Right Ratios

You need to always mix the right amount of paint. Not too much, and not too little. While having a little more paint might seem fine because you can reserve the rest for the next pour, less paint will not give the desired effect. You need the right ratio to ensure the success of your acrylic pouring techniques. However, the amount of medium needed will depend on the type of acrylic paint that you use; its viscosity as well as its grade.

Add Isopropyl Alcohol into the Acrylic Paint  

Because alcohol is less dense than water, it tends to evaporate the moment it hits the surface of a pour. But when using this technique, you can ensure that the alcohol amount is low to prevent it from escaping from the fresh pour, and in turn avoid film formation issues. The best amount would be 2 parts GAC 800, 1 part High Flow Acrylic, and 1 part 70% isopropyl alcohol.

Create 3 or more paint mixtures in containers which you can easily shake without spilling, and then carefully pour one color on top of another. The dense pigments must always be used as the final layers to allow the aggressive colors below to push through and create the cellular effects.

Thinned Color Washes Technique

When using thinned color washes, use high-flow acrylics to allow the colors to readily move and interact. Mix them with mediums like Airbrush Transparent Extender or GAC 500 and then let gravity move them around. Fluid Acrylics, on the other hand, will require at least 10% additions with water to allow them to freely move about. But avoid over-adding acrylic flow release, since it does not help improve the flow; it only reduces surface tension.

Use Solid Color Pouring Technique

GAC 800 is a great and effective medium to use with fluid acrylics for making colored pours. Take 10 parts GAC 800 to 1 part fluid acrylic, mix it, and store the paint overnight in a sealed container. This will produce clear color edges.

Whether you are using a coated pour, which resembles oil paint and intensifies colors due to the glossy binders that reflect light, wash pour which resembles watercolor, solid colo,r or thinned color techniques, you need to have the right information on how to do these pours. Here are more details on