Wish there was an easy pour painting system that would help you create beautiful pour paintings without feeling frustrated, overwhelmed, or confused?
You see, not long ago I used to struggle with enjoying the process of acrylic pouring. This was supposed to be a relaxing hobby that could help me forget the worries of my hectic adult life, but instead...
I felt frustrated and overwhelmed whenever I was going to do a pour painting.
I used to gather up my supplies, choose beautiful colors that I thought would look great together, setup my working station, mix up my paints, and with tons of excitement I would get ready to pour
My mind would go BLANK!
I simply didn't know what to do next!
Information overload, overwhelm, doubt, and fear of messing up would make me paralyze in fear.
But then everything changed because of one slight change I made...
I decided to start with the "End in Mind".
This is how I came up with my Confident Pouring System.
This really was the big thing that changed everything for me...
I can't believe how quickly I went from feeling frustrated and overwhelmed to absolutely enjoying every single minute of my acrylic pouring sessions just because of this!
'Starting with the end in mind' makes acrylic pouring easier
You see, starting with the "end in mind" allows you to have a clear understanding of your desired destination. It means identifying the big picture- the final look of your painting-and then ensuring each step in the process is in line with your ultimate goal.
It allows you to have a plan that you can follow...
which in turn makes you feel more confident about what you are doing and makes it easier to do a successful pour painting.
Just about everything else will fall into place once you get this right!
For example, in home construction, you first create a blueprint which is a reflection of your vision for your future home. This blueprint will show where every window, doorway, and beam will be placed. To avoid expensive mistakes, you don’t purchase supplies or even hammer a single nail until every detail has been planned out first.
This habit is implemented by highly effective people every day to successfully accomplish their goals.
And it also works in acrylic pouring!
It really is the fastest way to start acrylic pouring without feeling overwhelmed or confused, so you can enjoy every moment of it.
How do you pour paint for beginners and stop failing?
So how do you start with the end in mind and pour paint the easy way if you're a beginner?
Let me break down the steps of my Confident Pouring System found inside my Acrylic Pouring 101 course so you can get a clear idea of how this works and you can start acrylic pouring the easy way!
Why Do Most Acrylic Pouring Beginner's Fail?
90% of acrylic pouring beginners choose their colors, gather their supplies, and setup their work station without even having a clear vision of what they want to achieve or without having a plan to follow.
My 13-Step Confident Pouring System which starts with the end in mind rather than the backward process that most people use!
The 13-Step Confident Pouring System
- Choose a Technique- Starting with the end in mind is what I've found that works best to get consistent results. So first decide what is the overall look that you want to achieve in your painting. Do you want ring patterns, colors everywhere on your canvas, some negative space, or maybe cells or lacing.
If you don't know what is the end result that you want to achieve or don't know what patterns the different techniques create, start by just picking a technique that you want to try. The rest of the steps will depend on this!
Pick one of the beginner techniques you've learned in my beginner's acrylic pouring course.
- Determine What Consistency Your Paint Mixes Should Have- Every technique requires a different paint mix consistency. For example, ring pour requires thicker paint, otherwise the colors will all blend together and you won't see ring separation. The Dutch pour technique requires using a very thin paint consistency so that the colors can easily be moved with a hair dryer.
So determine the appropriate paint consistency for the technique you chose.
Inside my course you will find a very helpful "Paint Consistency Cheat Sheet" that will show you what paint consistency is best for some of the most popular techniques.
- Pick A Color Palette- Famous artists all agree that great pour paintings start with picking a great color palette. Depending on what paint consistency you need, you'll want to choose a color palette that will work appropriately with it.
For example, if you chose a technique that needs a thin paint consistency, your colors will most likely mix a lot more than if you were using a technique that requires using thicker paint. So in this case, it might be best to choose a very simple color palette with colors that are not too far apart from each other on the color wheel to avoid a muddy pour, specially if you are a beginner.
If the technique you chose requires using a thicker paint consistency, then you have a little bit more leeway in choosing colors.
FYI... Once you get more experience and get a feel for how colors work with each other, you will have more freedom in choosing colors that are more spread out around the color wheel.
3 beginner formulas for choosing gorgeous color palettes are included in the course to make picking color palettes easy!
- Choose How You Will Layer Your Colors- Vibrant pours largely rely on how your colors are layered. Layer them the wrong way and you will get muddiness. You'll want to layer colors that are close to each other on the color wheel, closer to each other when you put them inside a cup or on your canvas.
- Decide If You Will Use An Additive- Decide if you will use silicone oil and to which colors you will add it to. This will largely depend on what technique you chose in step #1 and whether you want to get cells or not.
- Pick a Pouring Medium- Choose a pouring medium. Different pouring mediums give different results, finishes, and effects. So picking the appropriate pouring medium for the technique you want to do is crucial.
- Gather Your Supplies- Having all your supplies on hand will make the acrylic pouring process more organized and less stressful. So make sure you have everything that you need within reach.
- Prep Canvas - Prepping your canvas is crucial for making art that looks beautiful, is presentable, and sells well. So tape the back and/or sides to avoid messy sides and back. Also make sure you add some pushpins on each corner of the back of your canvas so your canvas can stay lifted off from the pouring or drying surface. You'll also want to make sure that your canvas is level after you've put the pushpins on the back.
- Prep Workstation- Prepping your work station and leveling your pouring surface are essential for keeping your working surface clean and for a good end result. You don't want your beautiful design on your canvas to shift or fall off one edge of the canvas if your working or drying station is not level!
- Mix Paints- Calculate how much paint you will need for your pour. Mix your paints according to the consistency you determined you needed for the technique that you will be using.
- Layer/Pour Your Paints - Before you pour your paints, decide if you will use a base coat on your pouring surface. Then start layering and/or pouring your paints according to what you decided for step #4. Tilt, Spin, or Swipe according to the technique/plan you've formulated in the previous steps.
- Let Your Painting Dry - Let your painting dry undisturbed for at least 2-3 days before touching it and for about 1-2 weeks before adding a top coat.
- Varnish Your Painting- Varnish your painting to prevent color fading, protect it from the environment, and give it the final look that you desire.
There you have it!
That's the System I Follow to make acrylic pouring more enjoyable, less frustrating, a lot more successful, and overall easier!
If you're fired up and ready to get started today, Join the full course!
If you're like me, ready to fast-track your success and ready to take it to the next level... your gonna love my acrylic pouring course here: Acrylic Pouring 101 for Beginners