Day 8 of my acrylic pouring color theory series features one of my favorite techniques, an acrylic Dutch pour! This technique is amazing because there is so much detail, texture, and visual interest in these pieces.
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If you’re pouring for the first time and would like more explanation on materials, processes, and terms, you can head on over to my Beginner’s Guide to Acrylic Pouring. You can also head over to my Comprehensive Guide to Acrylic Pouring Techniques for more information on all of the different techniques and my How to Thin Acrylic Paint for Acrylic Pouring post to learn all about pouring mediums!
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Color of the Day (Day 8 – Acrylic Dutch Pour):
- Split Complementary – Orange, Blue-violet, Blue-green
- Light orange
- Dutch pour
All of the colors I used were mixed from the paint colors below. (Violet (magenta and blue) and blue for blue-violet, red and yellow for orange, orange and white for light orange, and blue and green ( yellow and blue ) for blue-green)
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
- Rustoleum American Accents Gloss Clear (1 thin coat)
Acrylic Dutch Pour Step by Step
- Lay down a thick base coat of your background color. Cover the entire canvas, including the sides and corners. This will help your paint to flow.
- Put your color down. In a puddle, layer the colors you want in your painting.
- Pour more of your base coat around your colors. Be generous.
- Using your means of blowing air and moving paint, blow that additional base coat that you just added in Step 3 up and over your colors that you laid down in Step 2.
- Start at any side of the puddle and ble across it, blowing at different angles until you’ve spread out the paint.
- Finish the edges of your painting with a straw or blowing by mouth, if you’d like.
Go Forth and Pour!
And that’s all there is to it! It’s a pour that takes a bit more practice than most, but it is definitely worth it once you get the hang of it. If you really like this style, check out this post on three ways to do Dutch pour, or check out this awesome Dutch pour galaxy I did!
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