How to create fluid art with Craftamo acrylic paints
Fluid art (also known as flow art, liquid art, paint pouring, etc.) is a form of abstract painting using thin and runny acrylic paints. To create this kind of artwork, different paint colors are combined together and poured over a canvas to produce fun and flowy painting effects.
If you want to learn how to create your very own fluid artwork, there's no one better to teach us than the uniquely talented Kelly Marie of IG: @messyeverafter! Get your creative juices flowing and acrylic paints pouring with this awesome fluid painting tutorial! Take it away, Kelly!
Hey there! I'm Kelly from @messyeverafter. I am an artist and blogger, and I love sharing my creations with the world while helping inspire the creativity of others. I am always playing with different tools and styles in the studio so naturally I jumped onto the fluid art trend a year ago. I have had a lot of fun experimenting with various techniques and I want to share one of them with you now!
For this tutorial, I am going to show you how to take fluid art to another level with the help of Craftamo Acrylic Paints and a can of compressed air.
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Craftamo Acrylic Paints: Alizarin Crimson, Cobalt Blue, Cerulean Blue, Cobalt Violet, White, and Black (I mixed English Light Green but chose not to use it)
Floetrol or other pouring medium
Can of compressed air or a straw
8”x10” stretched canvas
Cups and utensils for mixing
Optional: Plastic to cover your work surface, and small containers to set your canvas on top of so paint can drip freely off the sides.)
HOW TO CREATE UNIQUE FLUID ART WITH COMPRESSED AIR:
Start by mixing your paint. Everyone has a different recipe for mixing fluid paints, but I like to start with ½ acrylic paint and ½ Floetrol. Then, I slowly add a little water and stir.
You want to mix in water until the paint runs off of your stirring utensil in a slow viscous stream.
If your paint gets too watery, add more acrylic to thicken it up.
Once you are done mixing your colors, layer your paint choices in a cup. With this type of painting, I start with a generous amount of white paint in my cup, and then add thin layers of three to four colors slowly so they sit on top of the white. Then I top it off with a bit more white. All the paints combined equal about 1/3 cup of liquid.
(The point of white on the bottom of the cup is so that when you flip the cup onto the canvas, the colors hide underneath until we use the compressed air.)
Place your 8”x10” canvas on top of the cup and flip everything over. Pull the cup off the canvas and let the paint flow out.
Tilt the canvas slowly in all directions until the paint covers the entire surface. You can see that most of the surface is white with only light hints of color.
If your paint doesn't flow across the canvas, your mixtures might be too thick. Try adding more pouring medium or water next time.
Now to my favorite part!
Take your black paint and deposit a small nickel sized puddle on the canvas.
Then grab your can of compressed air and slowly blow the paint outwards towards the edge of the canvas. Don't blow straight down. Use at least a 45 degree angle and gently guide the black across the surface of the paint. Currently, I use a 2 gallon air compressor for this part of my paintings, but a can of compressed air will work great for testing this technique on a few canvases.
You will start to see the colors from underneath the white paint come through more and tiny cells start to develop as the colors mix.
Repeat this until you are satisfied with the results, but try your best not to over manipulate the paints with the compressed air as this will cause the paints to mix together, lose their cells, or become muddled.
You can substitute a straw for the can of compressed air if you are confident in your lung capacity! I suggest only doing this on small canvases.
Set your artwork on a level surface and let it dry for 24 hours. And voila! Add your favorite varnish or resin once completely dry.
CHECK OUT THE FINISHED PIECE BELOW:
Thanks for checking out this tutorial. Now go get messy!
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