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Fluid Acrylic Painting Technique For Beginners: Plastic Bag Method

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6 Lessons (17m)
    • 1. Introduction

    • 2. Materials

    • 3. Set Up

    • 4. The Process

    • 5. Painting Don'ts

    • 6. Final Thoughts +Bonus Technique

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In this class I'm showing one of my favorite acrylic pour/ flluid art techniques to get a marble effect on paper. I will be discussing materals and giving tips to help you get started. 

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1. Introduction : hi and welcome to my class on fluid acrylic painting in this class, I'll show you one of my go to techniques for getting that mortal effect. On paper, we'll be doing a resin and cup free method of paint pouring. That is really great for beginners wanting to learn ways to achieve a marble effect in these videos also discussed the materials needed how to set of your workspace and the overall process and technique for this painting style. I will also be showing you some of the do's and Don's of the state make to help you achieve better force. 2. Materials : so, guys, I want to start off by talking about materials. So the first thing that you really need to think about is what kind of paper you're gonna use Or are you gonna use something like campus Starting off, I find it's easier to use paper because it's less expensive and you can just do a whole bunch more of them when you're trying out. And then once you kind of get the hang of it. It's good to like try some campuses and you can work on bigger sizes. But I like to just take a piece of nine by 12 inch paper and I'm using £140 watercolor paper and I just hear that up into four pieces and start off with that. And then once, I kind of have the desired Um, look that I want. I go in with a bigger substrate, like a piece of canvas or a bigger piece of paper. Also, be sure to stay away from really lightweight papers like printer paper, definitely something that you don't want to use for this, and even something like card stock really isn't that great. You definitely want to use a type of artist paper like watercolor or something that's really thick and made for water down kind of paints that type of stuff. Next, Don't talk to you guys of al acrylics and your type of paint that you're going to using. So this type of technique is best for acrylics. Obviously, I wouldn't really try this with oil paint because I don't think you pressed it, makes water and oils together, but I click pink is the way to go. And you really want to think about what type of brain you're gonna use. Whatever pain you're gonna use him that touch thing, it could be very overwhelming. Oddly, when you're looking at all these different paint brands and you really just have to decide which one has the best consistency for you now, the paintsil my right that I have kind of section off. Most of these paints are really thick types of paints, and as you get more expensive and use the more incidents of paints, we're gonna be a lot thicker. And I was surprised that this little to prevent that I got from dollar tree. That was pretty, I think the little black one. That's right, there. It was very surprising just how thick it waas. But, um, when you're doing your pain, you want something that's actually really thin down. I found that works best when you're just starting off. And as you get better at it, you can start taking your more extensive paints and mixing them with water and making your own type of blend of water down paint. But if you're just starting off, you really want to try something really easy. I had to start off by buying some type of really water down type of cheap pain, and I'm gonna be using the one that I got from Wall more. It was only 50 cent. It's super inexpensive, and it's just really works great when you're first starting off and here I'm just going to show you, um, what I'm looking for when I'm using my paints. So on the right, I have a you trick pain. It's not crazy expensive, but it is a better brand fair to something like a Wal Mart brand. But, um, I'm going to be taking my palette knife, and I like to just kind of rub it in the pain and also just lift up, and when it's more watered down, you'll see that it doesn't really. It's not a sticky versus the blue paint on the right that I'm using from you trick. It's a lot more stickier, and it just has more balanced. When you're putting your life through it, it kind of pools upper with the knife, and you just want something that's a lot less sticky and a lot more water down. I'm just showing you from the side, too, so you can see how it just kind of bounces up with your knife when you're kind of mixing it . And if you're using the mark sense of pain again, I say you can add in some water and really water it down to make it a better consistency. I'll be showing you that later in another video. But, um, here's just kind of what you're looking for with your pains. So, as I said earlier, the type of technically we're gonna be using it was resin free on a lot of acrylic pours requires resin in it, and honestly, you don't even have to use the Elmer's glue and mod podge. But these are two things that I like to play with sometimes wondering the supper method, so this is optional. But if you want, you can add in some glue or mod podge for your poor. And finally and best importantly, you're gonna need a spray bottle and some water. This is the most crucial part that's going to make your pores look amazing. Be sure to have a good spray bottle. Oh, yeah. And don't forget to have trash bags and some tape. Definitely need those two. 3. Set Up : Okay, guys. So you have your materials, and now you're ready to you set up and prepare to start painting. So earlier, I talked about different types of materials and types of paints that you want to use. And here I just wanted to show you real quick how to prepare a thicker type of praying if you decide to use that type of medium. So I'm recycling old squeezy bottle that I had from the other type of paint brand for more that I talked about. And I'm just squeezing some of the bigger paying into it along with adding some water to it . And you don't need too much water. You just want to thin it out a little bit. I'm just gonna be stirring that in and shaking the bottle so that the water and paint can kind of blend together. And I have a better consistency for running painting. So you really don't have to use a palate and I have to stir the pain. I just wanted to mix it a little bit before I started shaking. You could also use the end of a paintbrush if you do decide to kind of blend and start the paint a little bit just to get it mixing in with water. So now that you have your paint all ready to go, the last step is to just lay er trash bag on the floor and then you're ready to start being I like to, like, post award underneath mine and also tape the bag down just so that if any paint kind of manages to get through any holes in the bag, I don't have to worry about it messing up my floors. Also, you want to do this somewhere. You don't mind making a mess, and if you want a bigger surface, you can cut your trash back in half and make it larger. 4. The Process : way have her materials and now it's time to start painting. I'm gonna be working my suit with blue as faras colors for mine. But any self colors work nicely together. Just be sure not Teoh due to many colors because you'll end up blending it into a dark brown kind of shade. And you really want your colors to be differentiated. So just try not to use too many different shades of a color or too many colors in general. You're doing this, so start off. I'm just going to be splattering on my paint and I'm gonna be filling up basically most of the trash bag with it. You just want to use enough paint to cover the area that you're gonna be doing because I'm using little squares. I don't have to use that much pain, but I wanted to be a little bit more pain than water when I started going on the water. I'm just gonna be escorting on a whole bunch of pain until I have the desired amount that I want and just the amount of colors that I want. I was going to see amazing a couple shades of blue, have a really dark blue and also white just to kind of add a little bit of, um, contrast between all these colors and the thing with blues and any type of shade is that you don't want them toe over blend or you'll just have this, um, one shade of blue. So you just want to be really conscious of that when you're picking what clothes you're gonna be using. So what's you've added in enough pain? You're gonna take your story model and just start spring into the paint, allowing it to blend. You're gonna be spring so that all the different holes where the trash bag is convey filled in with little areas of paint, and it just allows you to get more of a marble kind of effect. Also, with the spray bottle, you want a bottle that is not gonna be spraying a concentrated straight line of water and to the paint. You want more of a misted kind of thing going just so that the paint doesn't start splattering up everywhere and making huge miss. Also, while doing this, you can with the trash back inside, decided to kind of allow some of the paint to really blend in and filling those holes. Once you have everything ready to go in, your pain is building everywhere. You're gonna take a piece of paper, your watercolor paper, and you're going to stick it into the paint and the lift it straight up and flip it over. And this is kind of the fact that you're gonna get you can keep trying this and keep blending in more pain and spring and more water. And so you kind of get a certain marble look that you're going for and advise you to do this one small little first and even do testers before you actually stick in. Ah, full piece of paper or full big piece of canvas just to be sure that it's gonna lift up and it's gonna turn out the way you want. But here I'm just adding in some more paint and then probably gonna go in and sprayed a little bit more and do some more dips. One important thing we're doing this is to be sure to use two hands to pick it up so that you're not picking up one side and on the paint slides down one way and let's just look that you're going for and on this one I have a little hole where that didn't get any paint , and the weight you can fix this is to just take a palette knife or a spoon or anything and scoop up a little bit of the Marvulli paint and just stick it in and blended in to fill in the gap. And here's just another thing that she could do to really kind of play with it. You can take some Elmer's glue or mod podge and scored it in the paint kind of water that you have going here just to allow some of the pain to break up. And it really just gives you the interesting effects when you're marbling, you guys, a quick tip is to cup your hand around the area that you're spraying. If you're worried about paints watering up onto the surface around you, and it just allows the pain to hit your hands instead of popping onto your floor or anything that might be sitting next to you and here I'm just in the shooting, me moving the bag from side to side, allowing the pain to really blend in and fill in all of those holes. So the rest of this video is just gonna be me working so that you can watch the process and just kind of get an idea of how you can go about doing these little marble paintings. And as you'll see, I will be adding in different colors, adding a little bit of pink in there with the blues, and you really see that the paint can go a long way. I use this one little set and just kept adding more pain and more water along with blue into it. It got a lot of little, many paintings out of it, so it really kind of stretches the paint and works really nicely. Another thing that you will be seeing me dio is spraying onto the actual piece of paper, and they're one of the things that I got. I wasn't necessarily happy with it, So something that you can do is you can spray directly onto the piece of paper that just allows the paint to blend a little bit more. So I hope you guys enjoy watching this whole process and really have inspires you. Teoh get working and trying so marble and also broke Quick. More thing here. You'll see that I'm kind of holding the paper downward. So if you want it to trip, that's just a technique that you can do so that your paint will kind of to the side and give you more of a concentrated and a type of direction where the swirls air going. Okay, guys, by 5. Painting Don'ts : Okay, I suffer. Click. I want to just talk to you about some of the do's and don't of this type of technique. One thing you definitely don't want to do is just slap on a whole bunch of glue onto the piece of paper. I found that when you do that, it causes the paint, Casper. And it just really give you a nice effect for this type of technique. When you're working with water down paint. Also, when you're working on top of the plastic bag, you don't want to put a hole. Big globs of glue if you do decide to play around with the glue. Like I said, you don't really even need the glue. You could just do water and paint, but it was fun to kind of experiment and add different types of material and textured mediums into paint. But also, you don't want to put a whole bunch of water either. Um, don't do this right here. Don't go and spray a whole bunch of water cause it will really water it down. It'll cause all of your pain to just kind of blend in together. Okay, guys. So I'm just gonna keep spraying into this and adding glue just so you can see how it would look if you did it with this technique and kind of get an idea of what consistency you're not going for. You really don't want it to be overly water down and overly filled with a whole bunch of glue. You also don't want to be too heavy on thick paint to you want a nice equal amount of pain toe water. So is this really nice consistency when I show you the one that I'm gonna do with the paper where I'm dipping into this hot mess that I've made from adding too much glue and water, just going to see that it's one solid blue tone because there's just too much water and glue in it. Also, I'm showing you the in current way to pick up the paper. You don't pick it up from the corner, you want to pick it up from both sides and then let it drip for a second and flip it over really quick. You guys 6. Final Thoughts +Bonus Technique : Look, you guys, I just want to finish up this class with one little bonus. Take me or anything that you can do with this little paint. Make sure that you have. So I'm working with my paint. Make sure on this planet district trash bag after I've added in all that glue and water, and it's just a really a hot mess, kind of. Right now it's very water down, and it's to the point where you're not really going to get anything from it if you just do your paper into the paint, so I have a little tiny that you can do. This can also salvage your paint mixture if you accidentally add too much water to it. But you can take a piece of glass or plastic. I'm using plexiglass from a photo frame that I had, and you can even use something as simple as a little gift card if you're doing a really small painting, but you're gonna take your piece of paper and dip it into this wet paint, make sure that we have That's just not really working anymore. And once you stick your paper in it, you're gonna not. You're not gonna get a great kind of painting. When you lift up, it's just gonna be very glob be. And, as you can see minds very, um, it's very globally, and it's one color. It's really just mostly one shade of blue. But the way that you can salvage this as you can take your little piece of glass or your little plastic gift card and just you're going to scrape it across the piece of paper and you'll kind of see the marveling that was left underneath and just gives you a really nice kind of interesting design. It's more of a faded look, but I think it's still pretty cool kind of way toe salvage What's left of your little pink . Make sure if you end of adding too much water to it. So, guys, I hope you enjoyed this class. It was very helpful, and I hope you go out and try. Some include art and do so marbling