Day 30 of my acrylic pouring color theory series, the last day of the series, is a strainer painting full of contrasting colors on a black background. The lines are incredible with this technique and the colors really stand out on this one! For an interesting pattern with a mixture of organic and geometric shapes, a strainer painting is the perfect technique.
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Color of the Day (Day 30 – Strainer Painting):
- Tetrad – Violet, Blue, Orange, Yellow
- Strainer Painting
All of the colors I used were mixed from the paint colors below. (Blue and magenta for violet, red and yellow for orange)
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
- Artist’s Loft Brilliant Magenta
- Master’s Touch Permanent Black
- Rustoleum American Accents Gloss Clear (1 thin coat)
Strainer Painting Video Tutorial
Strainer Painting Step by Step
- Lay down a base coat of your background coat (TIP: I like to use old gift cards to spread my paint)
- Place the your srainer down wherever you’d like the center of the design to be. For this one, I just chose the middle of the painting.
- Pour your colors into the strainer.
- Lift the strainer carefully, being careful to cover the bottom of the strainer so that it doesn’t drip and ruin your design.
- Tilt your painting until you are happy with the composition. I personally didn’t want this one to be as floral-looking and wasn’t thrilled with the center, so I tilted the center part off and played with the other lines on the painting.
Go Forth and Pour!
If you liked this strainer painting technique, there’s so much you can do with it. Check out this sunflower painting for a really cool example.
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