Day 3 of my acrylic pouring color theory series features this moody tree ring pour, which I just love the details of. A tree ring pour is pretty much just what it sounds like, the paint creates layers of color reminiscent of rings of a tree. Although a simple concept, the tree ring pour produces details that are stunning.
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Color of the Day (Day 3 – Tree Ring Pour):
- Split Complementary – Red, Blue-green, Yellow-green
- Tree ring pour
All of the colors I used were mixed from the paint colors below. (Yellow and green (yellow and blue) for yellow-green and blue and green (yellow and blue) for blue-green)
- Artist’s Loft Brilliant Blue
- Artist’s Loft Brilliant Yellow
- Artist’s Loft Deep Red
- Liquitex Basics Titanium White
- Master’s Touch Permanent Black
- Rustoleum American Accents Gloss Clear (1 thin coat)
Tree Ring Pour Step-by-Step
- Pour either a puddle of your background color or lay down a thin base coat of it across the whole canvas. This will enhance the flow of your tree ring flow, which help to keep your layers from stretching out.
- Pour your paint into the cup you will pour from. Pour the paint down the side of the cup slowly with the cup tilted at about a 45 degree angle. Alternate layers of paint colors, the smaller your layers, the more fine detail you will see in the final product. The order of my layers was: red, blue-green, yellow-green, repeated four times.
- Slowly pour your paint onto the canvas, keeping the stream in one place on the canvas. Some people will keep the stream steady; others will pour in very small circles.
- Tilt your canvas in a circular manner, stretching the paint as you go. Continue this process until you are happy with the final product.
Tips for a Great Tree Ring Pour
- Go slowly! Go slowly with both the pouring and the tilting. This will help retain details.
- Use slightly thicker paint. This helps keep the layers crisp. I have found that interior house paint is great for tree ring pours. (Check out the picture below!)
- As I mentioned before, be sure to use a base coat of some sort.
Go Forth and Paint!
And that’s it! Have fun with this one and see what kind of cool patterns you can make! And don’t forget to experiment with color. If you haven’t already, be sure to grab your FREE printable Color Wheel and 8 Color Scheme Guides below!
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