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Day 6 of my acrylic pouring color theory series is a punchy, high-contrast balloon smash. Easy to execute, this technique is perfect for beginners of acrylic pouring to create beautiful, organic, flowing shapes!
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Color of the Day (Day 6 – Balloon Smash):
- Complementary – Orange and Blue
- Light blue
- Light orange
- Balloon smash
All of the colors I used were mixed from the paint colors below. (Red and yellow for orange, blue and white for light blue, orange and white for light orange)
- Artist’s Loft Brilliant Blue
- Artist’s Loft Brilliant Yellow
- Artist’s Loft Deep Red
- Liquitex Basics Titanium White
- Balloon – partially inflated
- Rustoleum American Accents Gloss Clear (1 thin coat)
Balloon Smash Step by Step:
- Lay down a base color where you want your balloon smash to be. I chose to do a diagonal composition, so I just put down a stripe of white paint across the canvas.
- Next, you’ll want to pour puddles of color along the base coat.
- Layer your other paint colors in your puddles.
- Gently dab your balloon into the paint on your canvas, twisting the balloon slightly. Lift the balloon off.
- Repeat Step 4 until you are happy with your painting.
Go Forth and Pour!
Go have some fun with a balloon smash! One popular use of this technique is to make balloon smash flowers, check out the video below from Molly’s Artistry!
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