Day 4 of my acrylic pouring color theory series is a beautiful abstract flower made from a bottle bottom pour. One of the more simple pours, this one is great for beginners and can be made absolutely stunning by simply choosing colors that go well together.
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Color of the Day (Day 4 – Bottle-bottom Pour):
- Analogous – Red, Red-violet, Red-orange
- Bottle-bottom pour
All of the colors I used were mixed from the paint colors below. (Red and violet (magenta and blue) for red-violet and red and orange (red and yellow) for red-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
- Liquitex Basics Titanium White
- Artist’s Loft Brilliant Magenta
- Skewer/popsicle stick
- Bottom of a plastic soda or juice bottle (you want to have something with the different channels and the center well)
- Rustoleum American Accents Gloss Clear (1 thin coat)
Step-by-step Bottle-bottom Pour:
- Lay down a thin base coat of paint over the entire canvas.
- Place your bottle bottom down on the canvas where you want the center of your design to be.
- Pour your colored paints into the center well of the bottle bottom. Continue pouring layers of paint in this manner until your happy with the size of your design and you have enough paint for the canvas. The order of my paints for this one is: red, red-violet, red-orange, red, red-violet, red, red-orange, red-violet, red, red-orange, red-violet, red, red-violet, red-orange, white.
- You can stretch your painting by tilting the canvas in a circular motion slowly to retain the shape. (This optional, only if you’d like to enlarge or move your design.)
- Use a skewer or a popsicle stick to draw lines of paint out from the center and in towards the center alternating. (This part is optional, do what you like for your painting.)
Go Forth and Paint!
Now that you can make beautiful, easy floral designs with bottle-bottom pours, take it and make it your own! For example, check out this flower that I made for my grandma and embellished with a paper butterfly! Get creative with it and have some fun!
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