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Monday, August 14, 2017

The flip cup method of liquid acrylic painting - a tutorial


So far, we've gone through the steps for doing a pour and swipe liquid painting and a pour and tilt liquid painting!  This week, we'll look at the flip cup method. Each of these techniques has its benefits and its limitations.  I really like the flip cup method, but you have the least control with this one.  It's fun to not know what you're going to get, but it can be frustrating too!



For the set up, follow the first three steps from last week.  Even the paint colors that I used are the same, and are listed in step four.  Funny how totally different this one turned out from last week when they were the same colors!

4. Pour the paints from their smaller individual cups into a large disposable cup, each one on top of the previous color in this order: Titanium white, Cobalt teal, white again, Pyrrole orange, white again, and Quinacridone magenta.


5. Flip the cup upside down onto the masonite board.  Hold it down and swirl it slightly.  Remove the cup and tilt to spread the paints.  Spray lightly with rubbing alcohol or use a long-nosed lighter to bring up more cells in certain areas if you'd like.


6. When the piece is perfectly dry (overnight is best), use a pipette to apply some undiluted white ink to form underwater grasses.


Pour and swipe
Pour and tilt
Flip cup
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Monday, August 07, 2017

The pour and tilt method of liquid acrylic painting - a tutorial


Last week, we looked at the "pour and swipe" method of liquid acrylic painting.  Today I want to share a different method that we'll call "pour and tilt".  There is no one right way to do these paintings, but you will get the best cell development if you use silicone, Floetrol, or other chemical inclusions to help them set.  Sometimes you will pour these paintings and get amazing cells, which disappear as time goes on and they set :-(  Do yourself a favor and take a picture early if you really like what you got, because it just might not last!  




1. Gesso some masonite boards and let them dry. 

2. Place a prepared board inside an aluminum pan, raised up on small cups.  Make sure the surface is completely level.




3. Mix your paints in small cups.  This is the formula I used:
Small blob of heavy bodied paint in a small cup.
  • Equal amount of GAC100 (a Golden product).  Stir well.
  • Add self-leveling medium equal to the total amount above.  Stir well
  • Water, added a small amount at a time and stirred in thoroughly until the mixture pours easily.  This is the hard part to know how much.
  • A shot or two of silicone.  Quick mix just before pouring.

4. The colors I used were titanium white, Pyrrole orange, Cobalt teal and Quinacridone magenta.  Make four puddles of white on the masonite board, and top each with a smaller puddle of orange, white, and pink.  Dribble the turquoise around the edges and in the middle.  Tilt the board and let the colors run.  Re-level it and allow the cells to start to form.

5. If there are areas where you want more cells, you can spritz it gently with rubbing alcohol and/or use a long-nosed lighter to bring some more up.


Copyright 2017 Cyndi Lavin. All rights reserved. Not to be reprinted, resold, or redistributed for profit. The tutorial only may be printed out for personal use or distributed electronically provided that entire file, including this notice, remains intact.
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