Side Street Gallery in­tro­duces paint­ing tech­nique to stu­dents

Ba­sic tech­nique uses com­mon ma­te­ri­als

The Progress-Index - - ENTERTAINMENT - By Judy Har­ris Con­trib­uted Re­port

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

ab­stract de­signs.

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.

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