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Experience the Joy of Creativity with Fun and Easy Acrylic Pour Fluid Art

teacher avatar Connie McDonald, Experience the Joy of Creativity

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5 Lessons (20m)
    • 1. 1 Introduction

    • 2. 2 Supplies

    • 3. 3 Flip Cup

    • 4. 4 Strainer Pour

    • 5. 5 Closing Thoughts

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About This Class

This class is the first in a series entitled "Experience the Joy of Creativity".

Acrylic pour is an "artful play" technique of creating a colorful abstract canvas that is all the rage on Youtube.  This relatively simple process allows you to relax and be a kid again.  Connie McDonald is the art director at Paxson House Center for Creative Endeavors.  She has worked with a wide range of individuals who have had great success with this class.  Literally anyone can do this.

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Connie McDonald

Experience the Joy of Creativity


Hello, I'm Connie. I love encouraging creativity in any way shape or form.  Making fun and easy to enter into creative art projects to facilitate joy and healing is my gifting and passion.  I firmly believe in the spirit of being a kid again to enter into a wonder-ful experience.  At  www.paxsonhouse.com you can get a feel for what my husband and I have created.  To take our in home group art studio to you I am venturing forth into the Skillshareworld with the VIP July Teach Challenge.

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1. 1 Introduction: Hi. This is Connie McDonald with packs and House Center for Creative Endeavors. And I am your instructor for the first in a series called Experiencing the Joy of Creativity. I love love, Love helping people, uh, let loose have fun, be a kid again. And so this class, the prerequisite is openness, openness to play. Um, I'm offering several different techniques of acrylic poor, which is all the rage on YouTube right now. And it's a fluid. Our technique that anybody could dio 3 to 93. I've also had blocked artist that came in and just had a blast and got unblocked. So that's who does it. Um, the second thing is what we'll learn you, you will enter into a no judgment zone, and I I will be teaching you easy acrylic poor recipes. And, um, we're to get the supplies. And then together we will be creating an canvas and abstract fluid art canvas that's colorful and posting our progress in our experiences on the project gallery. And the main thing you walk away with is a smile and realizing, Oh, my gosh, I need to do this more and it helps you let go. It really does. It helps you have fun and play with color of and I don't know, it's just darn fun. And most people just need 10 little shove and I'm no judgment shove anyway. There you go. I hope you take it. 2. 2 Supplies: Welcome back. Today we're going to show you all the supplies that you're gonna need to make your very first acrylic poor project. You're gonna need a canvas. You're gonna need some plastic gloves. A some kind to protect your hands. You're gonna need some clear plastic cups. And because the basic mixture for Carla Poor is to have a base of half acrylic paint on half pouring medium here is a great thing to do for the background, choosing either white or black. You can mix it up ahead of time using half the paint and half a pouring media. This is a wonderful, inexpensive way to make your pouring medium. It's called flow trawl, and it's from your nearest heart board store. Now you also want some little clap plastic cups and some craft sticks. And if you're like me and you want to have it already done for you, you're gonna choose 45 colors to augment your project, and this is already made up for you. It's from Deco art, and it's called a fluid art mixture. Then if you want great cells, you don't want to forget something to make the cells, and you have a choice. The coconut milk serum, which is a hair serum from O. G. X, is an option or three and one treadmill silicon. And to make fantastic cells, you either want a hair dryer or a crumble a torch, and you're gonna have so much fun. So don't forget to protect your table because some of those byproducts are the drips that make, um, Skins will talk about that on the next video and let's have fun. 3. 3 Flip Cup: Well, hello there. Welcome back. It's Connie, and we're going to do the fun part. We're going to do an acrylic poor flip cup without further ado, we have our paints. We have our gloves, we have it. A table all protected. And let's start, I'm going to do kind of a peacock theme today. So I have some, uh, deco art satin purple. And then I have some metallic because I'm obsessed with a tout metallics crystal green. And we have a neon blue and we have always have to have a little gold, I think in my life and we have some already mixed together White. So what we're gonna do is we're going to like I told you in the first video, because we're gonna pour purple paint or any kind of acrylic paint to this bottom line and then fill the rest up with acrylic. Um, maybe, um, it's actually called porting medium, and you could make it different ways. Today. It's actually the deco art pouring medium, and we're going to start with our paint. I mean, do a little extra beyond the bottom of the white line because I'm going to do a big canvas . So we got the paint and then we have some. The pouring medium half cup is enough. And what we're gonna do is each of these paints that were mixing for going to stir stir, stir until it gets the consistency of warm honey moving off the top. The bottom of the thing. Beautiful color, nice consistency. So that's ready to go. Then we go to the green. Same thing next mixed to about basically count of three is what I always dio And then we're gonna do that pouring medium, usually half in half. All right, the mix to the same thing. Beautiful color, nice consistency. And it's going to drip off the pouring stick, like kind of like warm honey. So that's good to go. And you go to a beautiful neon blue and so you're going to put the bottom of the cup and paint. The rest will be mixture 1 to 1 of the pouring media. Mm, I picked good colors. Don't night. Just a The last campus I did was kind of like cosmic jewel colors like this. So that's we're going to go for a totally different look right now. Anyway, back to the stick round and round mixed to its beautiful consistency Uh, warm honey off the stick. We're good and I think everything needs to touch a goal. That's me, little blips. So I have a metallic gold that's beautiful metallic paint and put it into the cut. Mix it with the pouring medium Very cool and grounded around. Mix it till perfect consistency. Very good. Didn't take match. So we're ready to go. And the first thing you want to do is get a clear plastic cup and you can put it right on the campus because we're gonna pour over the campus. So drips air, not a problem. And, um, what we're gonna do is layer it. Oh, you I would like to is a very important thing, the cells or what makes a flip cup Awesome. And the way you get cells is you want to put silicone in each cup, so we're gonna do drip, squared, drip, squirt. And instead of mixing it like we did vigorously, you're just gonna kind of cross it my old mix okay? And I didn't put any in the white, um for what the heck, Let's puts him in the white We like those cells. Okay, so you're going to take each paint and layer it purple green, Will you go hold and repeat a little white? Because white or black is a really good thing to mix in your layering contrast. Yeah, right. Clarion is looking beautiful. My gosh, even in the cup, it's beautiful. So I can't wait to show you anyway, I'm getting just through the home real deal and what's wonderful. If you don't wanna mess in your house, you can actually put this in a disposable how metal pan was on your pan, and then all the drips air caught in that which is very cool and without for this is more than I need for this cup for this actual canvas, and I will show you. But what's cool about it is that you could have extras and let it pour into the pan. And you can save it for either another project or you can save it for skins for jewelry. Thank you very much, Mr Assistant. Anyway, we're gonna actually put this in the pan so that we can save the beautiful paint. And there's two ways to lift your canvas. One is with the push pins, which I've already done. And if you wanted higher, you can put in over Dixie Cups. So without for their do, we're going to take the reasons called Foot cup is because you take your campus like this and you literally flip it and don't get in a hurry to lift the cup. Because what you want to do is kind of let it sit for a minute, and then we're gonna go forward. We're going to go to the side, and we're gonna go back and then ready or not. Oh, my gosh. This is like, amazing. This is so beautiful because the silicone is producing cells already. You're gonna just see these pumping out and the way you make them kind of coach them to give more is we're using cream relate torch. All right, that gorgeous. Can you see it? All right now, because you have these kind of gloves on, you can do even more tilting and pouring if you want. Uh, depending on the look you're after and Oh, this is beautiful. This is so beautiful. Okay, Now it's important to cover the corners. So with these gloves, you can just dip into the extra paint where you can keep tilting. And it's just, uh, kind and forgiving process. Anyway, I wonder if we even need to do the torch. But what do you think? Okay, so if we were not getting cells, you would take the torch. Let's just do it and show you. And I'm gonna peel this off because I don't need the gloves anymore. And we're going Teoh, turn it on. This is just gonna coach these self to come right up, my gorgeous. These gold is popping up here because of it. Creme brulee torch. Oh, my gosh, This is addicting. I hope you enjoy this, guys. The next video, we're going to show you another technique on a six by six tile, So join us next, over and out. 4. 4 Strainer Pour: Hello, This is Connie, and I am back with the second technique with a fun and easy acrylic poor. This time we have a sink strainer, a six inch ceramic tile, and I pre mixed my paints to be half paint and 1/2 pouring medium, which sometimes is flow trial. And today it happens to be deco art. Anyway, that's all you need this time, you don't even need silicone. So without further ado, let's do it. I have my sink strainer here. And, um, what we're gonna do is we're gonna take either clear plastic cup or a usable measuring cup , and that's what I'm doing ahead of time. And I'm going to take the first color import in a layer, and then I'm gonna take the next color and pour it and effectively layer these alternatively and I'm using leftover paints from the last poor because it's kind of fun to be able to multi use have a little white rather than black this time, because white is a little more for giving. The black tended to take over our last poor. And then I have a neon green. This is wild and crazy colors. I have a young green and I have to have golden almost everything I do. So I have a gold and then I have back some more of the fluorescent pink, the blue now a lot of blue So I'm going to switch Teoh kind of e Carol. That's gonna be kind of pretty. Okay. Like I said, these air, all leftover paints, but they're going to be Gloria's. It's gonna be fun. What we're going to be creating is a poor that looks kind of like a Mondal a which is a nice design that you could use a vinyl record from a goodwill or whatever. You could use a glass topped table. You could use the tile. It just takes a really lovely pattern and super easy. That's what I like so almost done even those leftover paints. And then we have gold. Of course, you have to have gold with B. All right now, I'm using a lot more paid than normally you would need to use for a six inch tile because I want to have a pore over. And the poor over is not the coffee kind. This the dividends of an acrylic poor and I happen to have a canvas of black canvas underneath me. You could do a clear path. Plastic tablecloth. Anyway, to collect that leftover drips. So ready, ready to go. What we're gonna do is simply cross the paint once so that it's not over next. And get our strainer in the middle and you want to have lifted up in some fashion. I just use Dixie cups upside down. So we're gonna go pour this in a circular pattern very slowly, very peacefully. If you put on music, it's gonna be quite a century or meditative experience, actually very relaxing and you're gonna see as the paint comes out the marvelous design that hopefully has lovely contrast. I'm liking that. It is very cool. Very cool now, because I have a black campus underneath the pores air going to be useful in the next project. Look at that. Yeah, this duty core and you don't want to get in a hurry with the pouring. I want to kind of let it form its pattern. And quite frankly, I would not recommend tilting us because the design is going to be quite balanced. If you don't that you feel like it. You get a different look. All right, so almost all the corners air covered. But you know what? That doesn't bother me too much because it's gonna form the circular. Look, I can always go back with the drips and put the corners on. If I choose now, I could even either wait a couple minutes to let it congeal. Or I can just be brave and daring and lift. You sure as need. Now the center is kind of doing a multicolor thing in the middle, and you can leave it or you could. What you could do is you could pour a single color in the middle. You could do really whatever you darn well please. It's fun. It's very funny. Anyway, that's easy and fun. Acrylic poor with Connie, and we're gonna be doing a Siri's. We want to welcome me back to the next one, and our motto is Experience the joy of creativity. How do you have 5. 5 Closing Thoughts: before I close. I just want to really encourage you to post your projects where there would be a flip cup. That's really fun, like this or a, uh, tiote, or even anything you come up with using this technique, I really want to hear from you and I want, encourage you and enjoy. That's all I can say and, as my motto says, experience the joy of creativity and have fun.