Pour And Blast Acrylic Paint Canvases
Rinske Douna is an extremely gifted artist with videos on Youtube where she generously shares paint pour techniques used for her stunning artwork. There are many paint pour projects on Youtube but The Dutch Pour tutorial caught my eye because unlike many paint pour instructions, you don’t need to mix a medium with the acrylic paint. The artist just uses water. The other unusual element of her technique is to use a hair dryer to blast paint across the canvas. Her results are awesome.
I planned a different look for my project, which included a large double canvas and silicone lubricant to create a variety of cells. Nevertheless, I decided to give Rinske’s technique a try, combining her steps and mine, so I could share my experience with you. You might want to check out Rinske’s short, Dutch Pour Video before reading my tutorial. I wasn’t able to take photos as I worked with the hair dryer in steps 11 and 12 but Rinske’s video demonstrates this clearly.
Rinske mentions that she likes to work with small canvases. After tackling my two 12” x 24” canvases I understand completely. Much more paint is needed for large canvases and the quantity of paint to water ratio had to be given a lot of consideration in order for the hair dryer to move paint across such an expansive surface.
No details were included for how much water to mix with the paint in Rinske’s video but she does show how the paint should drip off the mixing stick. This is a very helpful visual. She also warns that not all paint colors will require the same amount of water. That’s true. My black paint needed a lot less water than my sage green paint.
I wanted an idea of where to start when adding water to my paint so I experimented. I found that a 50/50 mix was generally too much water. I started pouring paint in transparent plastic cups then adding water. It allowed me to see the ratio of paint to water because the water sits on top of the paint. I concluded that less than 50/50 - about 2 parts paint, to one part water, worked for most paint colors. I filled all the color cups this way then added more water or paint when necessary to individual colors.
Stir the paints thoroughly. Tilt the cup to be sure there are no clumps toward the bottom. Some colors take time to break down in the water. Don’t rush the stirring step.
I added four drops of silicone lubricant each to the black, wine, and smoke paint cups.
Wear disposable gloves for this project and work on a large protected surface.
step 13 - Do not move the canvases until they are completely dry. This may take 24 hours or more. Remove the pushpins and the tape.
If the paint is not flowing freely across the canvas, it is either too thick, or you have not applied enough paint to the canvas. This process takes a good deal of paint.
I used a dryer with hot air, which did not seem to negatively affect the paint surface. Be sure to use a narrow concentrator attachment.
Before pouring paint, plan how much of each color you will use. Decide which should be dominant. For instance, if you want a result with Smoke being the prominent color, pour more of that color than others. Unless you want a strong dark canvas, err on the side of very little dark paint. You can always add a bit more and blow it across the canvas to mix with the other colors.
At Hobby Lobby
Two 12” x 24” stretched canvases
Anita’s Acrylic paints - 16 oz. White, 2 oz. Black, 2 oz. Woodsy Smoke, 2 oz. Italian Sage, 2 oz. Wine
Plastic tarp to protect work surface
Transparent plastic cups
Large squirt bottle
Hairdryer with narrow concentrator attachment
100% Silicone lubricant