Arts + Crafts · Getting Crafty

Pouring the Ocean 🌊

I have wanted to do serious acrylic pouring for so long now that it just got to the point where I had to throw myself into it. Having said that though this is not my first acrylic pour.. my first acrylic pour was, well, quite dreadful! I won’t subject you to actually having to look at it but it was really bad and it did dishearten me for a while because it isn’t exactly a cheap art form either so I felt pretty crap for wasting all that money too.

Fortunately we were all asked to practice it at work not long after my rubbish attempt and I was shown how to mix the paint properly and what to use and it was quite different to how I had previously done it!!
And It actually didn’t turn out too bad!!


Hey I know it isn’t by any means perfect but i really like it and love the colours and there are even a few cells in there so I was over the moon about it! 🌝
That really helped to get my confidence back up though and now I felt like I knew what I was doing and thought I would give it another go!

I wanted to do a beachy kind of paint pour and thought I would do it on a large canvas as well because why not right?! 🙈

I went off skipping to the shops and gathered my supplies:
🎨 Liquitex Pouring Medium
🎨 Silicone Oil
🎨 Lolly sticks
🎨 Cups
🎨 Heating tool (not as hot as a blow torch but can’t be bothered to buy one from ebay just yet!)
🎨 A BUTT load of paint!
🎨 An RUB lid
🎨 Obviously a canvas!

I actually didn’t do this at my own house I convinced my partner to let me do it at his flat haha! But there I was with my supplies and I was so excited to do this!!

I’m rubbish with measurements but I added about 1cm of water and the same amount of pouring medium into a plastic cup and stirred it then gradually added my paint until it was all mixed evenly and I had a good “runny honey” consistency.
I did this with all my lovely colours and started to pour them into another clean cup together.
I poured each colour in, gently running it down the side as I didn’t want the colours to muddy.. I know you can pour the colours in from a height etc. for didn’t effects and techniques but I just wanted to be safe so went with the careful approach. 😁

BUT WAIT!!….

If you don’t know me all that well then you will soon learn that I am a doofus!! It is one of my biggest downfalls and I don’t know why my brain hates me sometimes .. 😞

So if you haven’t already worked it out… I forgot the damn silicone oil!!!

I didn’t add it to any of my colours and I was kicking myself so hard, at this point It was obviously too late so I tried dropping it in from a height to work it down through the paint I had already poured in the cup and dropped a few on top. Of course I quickly added it to the colours I hadn’t used yet as well and prayed I hadn’t messed it up already!!

I had all my colours (just about) ready now and was going to pour, yay!!
I thought I would do a dirty pour rather that a flip cup because I wanted the colours to stay somewhat separated across the canvas for the beachy effect I was going for.

I covered my canvas in white paint first because I’ve been told it helps the paint to spread with more ease other wise you can easily lose some of the effects when trying to run your painting.

I was so happy with the pour however I’m not sure how the blue got behind the yellow which annoyed me but oh well…

After I had tilted all the paint and my canvas was covered I put the heat tool on it but in all honesty I didn’t have much hope in the way of cells because I had messed up with the silicone and I couldn’t see any present but still gave it a go anyway.

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So I did poke it for a while because I wasn’t overly happy with it but did eventually leave it alone.
It took around 2 days to fully dry and then I sprayed it with a gloss finish.

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So this is my finished piece, don’t get me wrong I do like it and I do genuinely think it looks like the ocean.. sort of but I suppose I just wanted more?
It did turn out to have a few cells in there and I do love the way the paint has rippled!!
Things that have annoyed me.. the blue went behind the yellow, i wanted more cells and myself.. for forgetting the silicone oil!! 😩

But then this is what it is about when you try something new.. it is all trial and error and learning from experience. You always have to allow room for error because otherwise you’ll never enjoy what you are doing, take everything you do with a pinch of salt!

(not literally though..)

Thanks for reading 😊

Nicole 💛

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