For whatever reason, mushrooms have gained so much popularity! Fungi is no longer something only adorning trippy hippie garb. It’s really taking a place in artwork and illustration, and for good reason… they’re so cute! So I decided why not make a mushroom painting with acrylic pouring, and I’m just in love with the way these guys turned out.
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!
So how do you paint a mushroom painting with acrylic pouring? Well, the main technique that I used was the traveling tree ring pour technique, and I also used some paint pens and brushes to bring it all together.
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For this mushroom painting, I only used three colors: white, black, and copper. I wanted a more subdued and kind of mystical, whimsical color palette. But you could go as colorful or as simple as you please with your mushroom painting. Whether you want to keep to more traditional, realistic colors, like browns and neutrals, or go for something abstract out of a fantasy, this tutorial is totally customizeable.
(If you’re curious about colors and color theory as it relates to acrylic pouring, head on over to my post about Choosing Colors for Acrylic Pouring and grab your FREE printable Color Wheel and Color Scheme Guides below!)
Materials You Will Need to Paint a Mushroom Painting with Acrylic Pouring
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How to Paint Mushrooms with Acrylic Pouring:
Step-by-step Mushroom Landscape Painting with Acrylic Pouring
- After you’ve chosen the color scheme for your mushrooms, pour the paint into the pouring cup slowly along the side of the cup, layering as you like. Then, pour the paint in small circles, laying down a few different traveling tree ring puddles. (You could also choose to do a technique that encourages cells, like a swipe, if you want to go for more traditional spotted toadstools.)
- Tilt the paint on the canvas to spread it out and get a pattern that you like.
- Choose a background color and fill in around your puddle of paint. This creates a more even surface of paint, which will allow the painting a more finished look at the end. (I thought I would want a white background, but I ended up deciding on black, which is why I painted the background black.)
- For my painting, I found the mushrooms within the shapes of the pour. The other option is to just use the pour as a pattern and choose where you want the mushrooms based on a composition you like.
- Add on your mushroom stalks.
- Paint around the mushrooms with the background color.
- Add any fine details with paint pens. I used the cells in the pour and paint pens to create some tiny mushrooms to add some more interest and variety in the composition. ( I also added some shadows and made the line between the top two mushrooms more discreet.)
Go Forth and Pour!
So there you have it, how to paint a mushroom painting with acrylics. Add a little bit of mystical whimsy to your home with your own mushroom painting!
If you’re interested in more nature paintings, I’ve got a bunch! Click the photo below to find them all.
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