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Day 22 of my acrylic pouring color theory series is made up of easy string pull painting flowers and is a great project for beginners to painting and fluid art!
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Color of the Day (Day 22 – String Pull Painting):
- Tetrad – Blue, Yellow-green, Orange, Red-violet
- Light Orange
- Light Red-Violet
- String Pull Painting
All of the colors I used were mixed from the paint colors below. (Yellow and red for orange, red and violet (blue and magenta) for red-violet, yellow and green (blue and yellow) for yellow-green, white and orange for light orange, white and red-violet for light red-violet)
I used magenta for my violet hues because I think it makes a less muddy color because there isn’t a yellow undertone to it as there is with red. So if you ever want to make a very vivid violet color, go with magenta. I have found that I actually prefer the Liquitex Basics Quinacridone Magenta to the Artist’s Loft Brilliant Magenta.
- Artist’s Loft Brilliant Blue
- Artist’s Loft Brilliant Yellow
- Artist’s Loft Deep Red
- Liquitex Basics Titanium White
- Artist’s Loft Brilliant Magenta
- Cotton string (Like this string)
- Paint brush
- Rustoleum American Accents Gloss Clear (1 thin coat)
String Pull Painting Flowers Step by Step
- Start by laying down an even base coat of your background color. I like to use old gift cards for this.
- Pour your colored paints onto a paper plate. I layered my paints in this order: blue, light orange, light red-violet.
- Lay your string on your paint and push it in with a popsicle stick (or your finger, whatever works!)
- Pull your string out of the paint and lay it on the canvas, making wave shapes and curling it on itself (the more of these you do, the more flower-like shapes you will get on the “stalk”).
- Pull the string straight down toward the edge of the canvas, dragging it off the canvas, not lifting it.
- Repeat Step 5 at different angles and heights until you like the look of your string pull painting.
- Once your string pull painting flowers are dry, it’s time to add the leaves. Using a paintbrush, go in and add as many or as few leaves in whatever shape suits you to finish off the piece.
Go Forth and Pour!
And there you have it, beautiful flowers that were super simple and easy to make! If you’re interested in more string pull or chain pull (which is similar, just uses a chain instead of string) art, check out the projects below!
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