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Day 26 of my acrylic pouring color theory series is a flip and drag acrylic pour with various shades of purple along with black and white. Much of the violet got washed out in this one, but what I love so much about this one is the formation of the cells and the movement they convey. And the underlying violet tone is just a fun, whimsical pop of color.
If you’re looking for some wall art that is fun and a little funky, the flip and drag may be just the technique for you!
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Color of the Day (Day 26 – Flip and Drag Acrylic Pouring):
- Monochromatic – Violets
- 3 Shades of Violet
- Flip and Drag Acrylic Pour
All of the colors I used were mixed from the paint colors below. (Blue and magenta for violet, mixed with different amounts of white for the various shades of 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
- Liquitex Basics Titanium White
- Artist’s Loft Brilliant Magenta
- Master’s Touch Permanent Black
- Rustoleum American Accents Gloss Clear (1 thin coat)
Flip and Drag Acrylic Pour Video Tutorial
Flip and Drag Acrylic Pour Step by Step
- Lay down a base coat of your background color. I didn’t do this for this painting, but it works much better if you do because it helps the paint to flow across the canvas.
- Layer your pour cup with your paints, pouring in different amounts and variations in heights. The order I layered my paints for this painting was: light violet, violet, black, white, light violet, violet, medium violet, black.
- Put your canvas facedown on top of your cup. Holding them together, flip the canvas and cup back over as a unit.
- After the paint has settled to the canvas, drag the cup across the canvas and remove it and release the paint.
- Tilt your painting until the canvas is covered and you are happy with your painting.
Go Forth and Pour!
And that’s all there is to it, super easy! So go ahead and give it a try! If you like this technique, check out the original flip cup painting!
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