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Day 23 of my acrylic pouring color theory series is an acrylic pour starburst swipe in a split complementary scheme. It doesn’t look like what I thought it would, but I like it. It draws attention and really uses line in an interesting way that keeps the eye moving around the piece. The color scheme works really well here, and you can see each of the colors in the piece.
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If you’re pouring for the first time and would like more explanation on materials, processes, and terms, you can head on over to my Beginner’s Guide to Acrylic Pouring. You can also head over to my Comprehensive Guide to Acrylic Pouring Techniques for more information on all of the different techniques and my How to Thin Acrylic Paint for Acrylic Pouring post to learn all about pouring mediums!
Color of the Day (Day 23 – Acrylic Pour Starburst):
- Split Complementary – Blue, Red-Orange, Yellow-Orange
- Light Blue
- Acrylic Pour Starburst Swipe
All of the colors I used were mixed from the paint colors below. (Red and orange (yellow and red for orange) for red-orange, yellow and orange for yellow-orange, and white and blue for light blue)
- Artist’s Loft Brilliant Blue
- Artist’s Loft Brilliant Yellow
- Artist’s Loft Deep Red
- Liquitex Basics Titanium White
- Master’s Touch Permanent Black
- Swipe tool (spackle knife, old gift/credit card)
- Skewer or popsicle stick
- Rustoleum American Accents Gloss Clear (1 thin coat)
Acrylic Pour Starburst Step by Step
- Start with a puddle of your center color. In my case this was the yellow-orange.
- Pour concentric circles of your colors around that center puddle. The order for my colors around the yellow-orange was: red-orange, light blue, blue, black. I also went back in and added white to the center puddle of yellow-orange as a highlight.
- Using your favorite swipe tool, swipe from the center out toward the edges of the canvas. Make sure to wipe your swipe tool after each swipe to keep the colors clean.
- I continued with another round of swipes because I wanted more of the black to show through.
- At the end of your acrylic pour starburst painting, you can choose whether or not you want to go in and add some finer details with a popsicle stick or a skewer. I continued to work on this painting quite a bit to get something that I was pleased with. I also added additional red-orange for a more defined center, so that’s also something that you can do as well.
Go Forth and Pour!
And there you have an acrylic pour starburst, another version of the swipe technique! Super fun and a little bit different!
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