Dirty Pouring – What is it & useful tips

Painting is a common activity, both for recreational and commercial purposes. Dirty pouring is an art concept that of creating an acrylic painting. All the different color paints are poured into a container and then poured on the canvas at the same time. Alternatively, you can put the paints in different cups. You will then pour the paint at different parts of the canvas and tilt it to allow a seamless flow.

This technique has been used to create outstanding pieces of art both for fun or commercial use. It might appear to be easy but can be challenging especially for beginners. Here are a few things you need to know about dirty pouring:

1)      Understand The Basics

https://acrylicpouring.com/what-is-a-dirty-pour/ is among the many online resources that are helpful if you need to learn the basics about dirty pouring. You need to learn about the primary concepts before advancing your skills. Get to know the kind of paints, pouring mediums and canvas sizes recommended for beginners. Other basic requirements for dirty pouring include a covering sheet to protect your surface, mixing rods, and pouring cups. Some websites also provide alternatives for developing an acrylic painting without breaking the bank. Research and compare the information provided before proceeding to buy the essentials from the store.

2)      Protecting Your Working Space

You might opt to work from your studio or home area. The latter is often common for people indulging for fun. You not only need a clean area to protect your painting from external particles but also your floor and walls. Dirty pouring is a messy process. The paint is bound to spill on the surrounding space. There are several protective ideas both from the painting stores and DIY that can be used to protect your space. For example, you can use a large plastic sheet wrapper acquired from a store or previously used. Spread the sheet on the surface extensively. The paint will spill on the sheet rather than the floor, which is easy to clean. Elevate your canvas from the surface to avoid the flowing paint from getting below the surface.

3)      Right Medium And Paints To Use

There is a broad range of pouring mediums and paints. You can access either cheap or expensive options depending on your budget. Cheap alternatives are recommended for beginners to avoid wastage because there is a high chance you will not get a perfect painting. The flow and velocity of paints differ. You can add some water or mixing medium to adjust the flow and velocity of the paint.

Heavy flow acrylics will require more effort and time to flow and dry than the light ones. You can use one of the unused mixing rods to spread the paint to plain areas. However, chances are it will end up being messy so opt for light acrylic paint or mixture. You can also introduce paints to the plain areas instead of using the rod and allowing it to flow. Do not worry about the bubbles. They will often wear out when the paint is drying up.

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