Day 19 of my acrylic pouring color theory series is an abstract wave acrylic pour painting. It started out as a wave swipe, but it kind of got away from me. So I decided to work in some different textures with a straw blown technique. And I really think it worked out well. It’s a bit different than the wave pours that are out there, but that’s what I really like about it.
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Color of the Day (Day 19 – Wave Acrylic Pour Painting):
- Analogous – Green, Blue-green, Yellow-green
- Straw blown
All of the colors I used were mixed from the paint colors below. (Blue and yellow for green, blue and green for blue-green, and yellow and green for yellow-green)
- Torch (optional)
- Rustoleum American Accents Gloss Clear (1 thin coat)
Wave Acrylic Pour Painting Step by Step
- Lay down a thick base coat of your background color. If you have a lot of bubbles, you may want to use a torch to get rid of them.
- Apply your colors in the shape of a wave. I used the darker color near the bottom for some depth
- Place a strip of white paint where the foam of the wave will sit.
- Using an old gift card or spackle knife or paper towel, whatever your swipe mechanism of choice is, and swipe your wave in one fluid motion. Continue swiping and adjusting as you need to get a wave that you like.
- Using a straw, blow out the edges of the wave and the insides if you would like. I really like how the air pushed the bright, vibrant colors out toward the forefront.
- If you want, you can take a skewer like I did and add some lines in to accen the movement. Because this was more of an abstract rendition of a wave, I had some fun and took some artistic liberties with it. Feel free to do the same!
Go Forth and Pour!
So there you have it, a superfun rendition of a wave acrylic pour of your very own! I hope you had so much fun with this project, and if you’re into ocean and beach things, check out the projects below!
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