Side Street Gallery introduces painting technique to students
Basic technique uses common materials
COLONIAL HEIGHTS —An increasingly popular art technique is taking the art world by storm.
Highly satisfying with great results, this technique requires little or no art experience.
Commonly referred to as the acrylic pour technique, it starts with fluid acrylics — acrylic art and craft paint that is pourable, or made pourable by adding water until it has the consistency of cream. Each color used is put in its own separate cup and a paint additive available for purchase from a hardware store paint department is added to it. Another hardware store purchase, silicone, is put in the cup by the drop. The cups of paint are then poured onto a canvas which is tilted to allow the colors to bloom together and create unpredictable
This technique is known by other names, such as the dirty pour, skimming, creating cells, double and triple pours, and torching.
Painter, illustrator, and writer Gail Butler has been teaching this class now at Side Street Gallery in Colonial Heights for two months and her students are becoming fond of this technique.
Even artists who
normally work in more realistic styles have grown to like the abstracted method of painting. Many students take the class several times as there are new additions to this technique being discovered every week. They have even begun using small torches on the wet paint to force the “cells”, or layered circles, to appear where desired.
The paintings seem to take on the look of water flowing, scenes like from outer space photographs, aerial photographs, even underwater scenes. Many artists use them as a jumping-off point and continue to paint or collage into them after the initial pours are dried. The addition of layers of varnish really bring out the colors as well.
For more information about this or other classes at Side Street Gallery, call their office at 804-536-0011.
An example of a finished poured painting by Gail Butler.
Students Jerry (left) and Pat Harvey add to the technique by blowing on the canvas.