I thought I’d start this week with a bit of fun as my introduction to acrylics my #MediaoftheWeek. you can thin acrylic paint down by using just water, but you can also use thinning agents or buy pouring acrylics specifically designed for acrylic pouring techniques like the ones below. I chose this video as it gives you a range of the additives and techniques most commonly used in this technique. You will also need a large tray to catch the dripping paint, a hairdryer, straws and heat gun but if you decide to do this be aware of safety measures required.
Acrylic will dry as a plastic so if you spill any you need to clean it swiftly if you don’t want to be left with a permanent stain. As a plastic it will burn if you heat it too long, but it does mean you can soften it to make it easy to scrape off a board you don’t like once it’s dry, so long as the coating is thick enough. Burning plastic gives off noxious fumes which I suspect you could do without inhaling so wear a mask, and protective clothing and heat resistant gloves.
I tried this technique about a year ago as a way of getting back into art. It was fun but the room you do it in is likely to get messy so I did it in my shed. I wasn’t that successful in what I wanted to achieve, maybe with a bit more patience I will be. My top tip for these quick artworks is don’t overwork them as you can easily lose the effects you’re after by working into too much.
Below are some of my attempts but I was just using ordinary acrylics in the main thinned down with water. I muddied and burnt a few before getting even this far, so do please be careful until you get the hang of it. As I was only experimenting with small inexpensive canvas boards risk of fire was minimal, it didn’t cost a lot and I often saved more money but reusing a board I didn’t like. I do recommend going on to either investing in some flow improver or acrylic pour paints if you take to the idea but pouring acrylics sets cost about £36 for four or five colours, whereas flow improver can cost as little as £8.