Day 20 of my acrylic pouring color theory was an attempt at a wing pour, and it didn’t work out as anticipated. But it was fun, and it did turn into something that I liked. It reminds me of a geode in its general shape and all of the layers. And the composition’s not bad either, so it was definitely not a waste in my eyes. The video’s at least worth a watch in learning how not to do the wing pour technique!
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Color of the Day (Day 20 – Wing Pour):
- Tetradic – Green, Red, Blue, Orange
- Attempted wing pour
All of the colors I used were mixed from the paint colors below. (Blue and yellow for green, red and yellow for orange)
- Artist’s Loft Brilliant Blue
- Artist’s Loft Brilliant Yellow
- Artist’s Loft Deep Red
- Liquitex Basics Titanium White
- Rustoleum American Accents Gloss Clear (1 thin coat)
Wing Pour Step by Step
- So for the wing pour, the first thing that you want to do is pour a bunch of white (or whatever your background color is) into your cup. This will form the separation between the wings.
- Next, you’ll want to slowly pour your layers of color down the side of the cup so that they form discrete layers and don’t mix with the white. Pour them in the same manner you would for a tree ring pour. The order I layered my colors on top of the white was: green, orange, pink, red, blue, green.
- Tilt your canvas so that the side that you want to be the top is higher than the side that you want to be the bottom.
- Slowly pour your paint cup in the center of the top of your canvas so that the paint flows downhill.
- Now, where I believe I went wrong with this wing pour was with the tilting. I would recommend that you use a base coat of paint to help the paint flow better so that you can maintain the wing shape and don’t have to tilt much if at all to cover the canvas. I ended up overtilting this and losing the wing shape and then adding white to the edges to finish it off.
Go Forth and Pour!
So that’s the general premise behind the wing pour and some what-not-to-dos. If you want to see how it’s really done, check out the video by YoutTube Artist LansingGoals below that shares some of the pitfalls and techniques needed to get a good wing pour.
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