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Day 14 of my acrylic pouring color theory series is a fun reverse spiral dip in analogous colors. This is definitely a technique where you should be liberal with your paint and practice, practice, practice!
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Color of the Day (Day 14 – Reverse Spiral Dip):
- Analogous – Yellow, Yellow-green, Yellow-orange
- Reverse spiral dip
All of the colors I used were mixed from the paint colors below. (Yellow and green (blue and yellow) for yellow-green, yellow and orange (red and yellow) for yellow-orange)
- Artist’s Loft Brilliant Blue
- Artist’s Loft Brilliant Yellow
- Artist’s Loft Deep Red
- Liquitex Basics Titanium White
- Master’s Touch Permanent Black
- Paper Towel
- Old gift card or palette knife to spreawd paint
- Plastic Condiment Bottles
Reverse Spiral Dip Pour Step by Step
- Lay down a coat of your base coat over the canvas.
- Using condiment bottles (which I did not and it was much more difficult), apply your colors in concentric spirals on the canvas. The order I placed my paint on the canvas was: yellow, orange, yellow-green, white, and black.
- Place a paper towel down on top of your paint and smooth it onto the paint.
- Bring all four corners of the paper towel to the center of your spiral design and lift slowly and carefully.
- Torch to bring out cells (optional).
Go Forth and Pour!
And voila! There you have a beautiful reverse spiral dip! This was the first time that I tried this technique and I have a lot of improving to do. However, I did learn that I should have been using condiment bottles to get a nice clean spiral and that I should have put a thicker and more even base coat down (I forgot to take into account that the paper towel would lift some of the background paint up off of the canvas as well.). Hopefully my mistakes will mean your success!! Happy creating!
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