Acrylic pouring is a great and a creative way of making abstract art. In this acrylic colours are mixed with medium and poured onto a surface. Various techniques are employed for pouring which results in myriad patterns and each piece is unique.
For acrylic pouring we need acrylic colours, primed surface for pouring, pouring medium, silicone oil for creating cells, blow torch, cups for colours, sticks for stirring paints, gloves and plastic sheet for the base.
There are myriad of acrylic pouring techniques like flip cup, dirty pouring, puddle pour, swipe, tree ring pour, sink strainer pour, drawbridge swirl, Dutch pour and more.
Cells can be created by using multiple products like cooking oil, hair serum, alcohol and more but silicone oil creates the most stable cells.
That depends on the size of the canvas and the technique being used and the end effect that the artist desires.
For longevity of the art and brightness of the colours it is advisable to apply a coat of varnish after the colours have dried completely. If you are using silicone oil do wipe the surface of the canvas before coating with varnish.
Acrylic pouring will entail some wastage. Try and take adequate amount of paint for the canvas you are using. You may paint small coasters or vases with the colours that drip down the sides.
Acrylic Pouring canvases take 24 hours to dry in normal conditions.
Pouring medium is an additive used to make paints fluid and apt for pouring. Pouring medium also provides gloss to the colours which tend to dull slightly after drying. Medium helps in slow drying of the colours so that they don’t crack or craze due to uneven drying.
Silicone oil is lubricant oil which assists in creating cells during pouring. High Viscosity oil creates small cells and low viscosity oil creates big cells.