Other ways pour and splatter
Arguably the most famous paint pourer or Dibbler, if you prefer, of all time is Jackson Pollock. His famous canvases have inspired many to loosen up and use a literally more fluid approach to painting. As mentioned in the previous page to make ordinary acrylic paintings more spatterable and pourable you can simply add water or a thinning fluid.
His style and technique is not for all nor the only one, but it’s certainly one to consider when painting if you want to get a sense of movement into a piece. Below are examples of not just dribbling and pouring but splattering too.
To get some semblance of control you can use your fingertip to flick paint off the brush and many artists use an old toothbrush this way to create texture whether for a bird’s egg or a brick wall or whatever you feel might need it. Remember too that you can cover up the rest of the work or select areas to protect them from unwanted splatters or dribbles.
The one below is one of mine which I feel needs many more layers of splatters to create a vase of flowers, so it’s in my shed for wherever I want to do more by clearing out my brushes. To finish I might add a few strokes of paint and dab some dots on to indicate the centre of the flowers.
If flowers are a favourite subject of yours, then you’re in luck, as I’ll be providing a few more examples on how to render them in acrylics as the week progresses but the techniques I’ll be using are useful to know for any subject matter. Tomorrow’s Acrylics blog is about using them in a way that not many consider which has always puzzled me. Hope you pop back then.