Try acrylic pour painting and go with the flow

CONCORD, N.H. (AP) — When it comes to acrylic pour painting, there’s more than one way to go with the flow.

As the name suggest, pour painting involves pouring rather than brushing paint onto a canvas to create swirling, abstract designs. Not only are there many techniques for applying the paint — puddle pour, dirty pour, flip cup, swipe — but also many recipes for producing a fluid mixture that will glide smoothly across the canvas.

For my first attempt at this type of artwork, I decided to stick with just one pouring technique and a consistent color palette, while experimenting with different mediums to achieve the proper pouring consistency. I chose what appeared to be the quickest, simplest technique — layering different colors of paint in a cup and flipping it over onto the canvas all at once — and used the same shades of blue, green, silver and white for all three paintings. Based on many of the online tutorials I read, I also added a few drops of silicone oil to each mixture to facilitate the formation of cells — areas where the paint spreads into rounded shapes so the colors underneath show through.

Overall, there was not a huge difference between the three mediums, and I think it would take some more experimenting to truly develop a preference. Here’s what I found, with each method rated from 1 to 10, with 10 indicating the least expensive, easiest and best results:

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GLUE:

The first method I tried was based on a video tutorial by Rick Cheadle, and was the only one I could attempt with supplies I already had on hand. White glue is mixed in equal parts with paint, and then thinned with water. If I had purchased the glue, this method would have fallen in the middle of the three in terms of cost, at just under $6 for 8 ounces of glue.

Though my resulting painting ended up with a large area of white and gray, I liked how the other colors mixed together. And if I was trying this project with kids, going with glue would be the safest choice, though glue is not considered “archival” quality and likely would yellow over time.

COST: 5

EASE: 8

RESULTS: 7

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FLOETROL:

The second technique I tried was from a blog called MomDot, which describes how to create poured paintings with kids using Floetrol, which can be found at hardware stores and is meant to be …read more

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