Fluid Art is an aesthetic, abstract trend which has taken the world of art by storm. And we know what is it which makes it so popular amongst the members of the art community. The ease of practicing this art as well as the beautiful marbling effect which emerges from the play of paints is what adds to the appeal of Fluid art.
However, we also know for a fact that one needs a certain degree of finesse to bring out the best of this art form. Podium School understands that all art forms are equal in their expressiveness. Therefore, we do not consider Fluid Art or Acrylic Pour Painting any less and would love to be your guide on this journey. With this promise, we bring to you a one-stop guide to everything you want to know about Fluid Art!
What Makes It So Gloriously Fluid?
This is an elementary question about the topic which takes us directly to the materials we need for Fluid Art. One needs a canvas- it’s totally up to you if you favor rectangles, square boards or something unconventional like round or triangular canvases. Make sure you have appropriate supplies before going into acrylic pour painting.
Apart from canvas, the magic (and the main) art supply which goes into making Fluid Art is- Fluid Acrylics! However, some artists may prefer to make fluid paints at home with basic acrylics. We tell you to go for it, but don’t forget that acrylics for this art form are readily available. You can also buy Camlin’s Pour Painting Kits over here!
It is the consistency of these paints which make them easy for artists to manipulate on the canvas. We are looking at a thin, smooth and flowing consistency- but too tilt too much towards the thin liquid side and the magic goes kaput. Usually, fluid acrylics do not need to be thinned, but you can still adjust them with water.
Thirdly, you’ll need something to pour paints with. A disposable thermocol cup or paper cup will be okay for this. Don’t pour the paints from the bottle directly, you might go overboard with it!
Preparing the Paints for Fluid Art
With basic acrylics, try to go beyond water and mix it with a pouring medium. The pouring medium will help you achieve the smooth texture like glaze on cakes, just mix it with thick acrylics and stir vigorously to obtain paint for pouring. You can also experiment with glue, silicon or oils like coconut- but do it at your own risk, since what you mix your paints with has a direct impact on how long will it last. To know more about the ration and consistency of home-made pouring paints, refer to this lesson!
Pouring the Paint
There is no one way to go about pouring, but a few words of good advice will help you master this technique easily. Use the plastic, paper or thermocol cup we told you about. Begin pouring the paints from the side of the cup and into it. This is to prevent the bubbles from forming.
You can pour the paints directly on the canvas, one-by-one to form different layers. begin with one color and then pour the second one on the top of it.
Another method is to pour the paints in the cup in layers (because we never use only one color for pour painting) and the cover it with the white side of your canvas board. Then turn this set-up upside down. Wait for a while to let the paints do their job and then slowly, lift the upturned cup. Do look out for a future post from us on these techniques!
Manipulating the Paint to form Fluid Art Patterns
Now here’s the fun part. After you’re done pouring, don’t let the paint sit- move it around a little so that the paints cover every bit of your canvas. Although we’d love to experiment, but what we don’t like is an empty space peeking out from those beautiful colors.
Move around the canvas by hands and get a little messy. However, wear some protective gloves before doing this and spread some newspaper to prevent your table becoming a fluid art disaster. Artists also use hair dryers to move the paint around- but here’s the trick, do it in a way that your able to form some artistic patterns and not just blow all the colors away from the canvas. We don’t want to burn them with the direct heat from the dryer. Therefore, you are advised to use these tools with caution. Otherwise, stick to manipulating the fluid paints by hands if you’re a total beginner.
Let it Dry!
For the best results, we advise you to give ample time for the painting to dry. If you don’t want to stain the surfaces with wet paint, mount your painting on a heavy cup with newspapers around. Fluid Art can take up to 24-72 hours to dry and 7-14 days to cure. Patience is the key to fluid art- be it the beginning, the process or the end. Giving it ample time to dry will bring out the best in your creation!
Therefore, patience and practice is the key to acrylic pouring like any other art form. We believe that with this know-it-all guide, you can embark upon this captivating journey of creativity.
We understand your needs in all things related to art, hence, we invite you to join Podium Prime where we offer premium workshops and courses on origami, calligraphy and more. At Podium School, we believe in nurturing the artist within you and would love to offer you such tid-bits so that you and we could learn together.