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Fluid Acrylic Painting: The Swipe Method

teacher avatar Kaitlin Goodey, Creative art and business encourager

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Lessons in This Class

6 Lessons (34m)
    • 1. Intro to Fluid Acrylic Swipe Method

    • 2. Basic Supplies for Fluid Acrylic Pour

    • 3. Supplies for Creating Cells

    • 4. Swipe Supplies

    • 5. Demo Swipe Method

    • 6. Troubleshooting Issues Fluid Acrylic Pour Swipe Method

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About This Class

Learn the basics of the Swipe Method for Fluid Acrylic Pouring to create your own beautiful abstract wall art. Artist and teacher, Kaitlin Goodey will cover everything a beginner needs to master the basics of Swipe Fluid Acrylic Paint Pouring.

In this intermediate class, Kaitlin explains step by step the materials needed, how to pour the paint, swipe, open up cells and common mistakes to avoid or how to fix them.

*If you need to learn how to mix the paint please go back to her Beginner Course – Fluid Acrylic Painting: Abstract Puddle Pour Method for Beginners*

*If you need a demo for how to add silicone to the paint please go back to her Intermediate Course – Fluid Acrylic Pouring: How to do a Dirty Cup Pour and Create Cells*

Kaitlin is breaking down the Fluid Acrylic Painting process and explaining everything she has learned by trial and error over the last year in hopes of making this art form easier and fairly stress free for you. Once you've got the basics down you can really start pushing the boundaries and experimenting with unique outcomes!

By the end of this class you should feel confident in your ability to create Swipe Acrylic Pouring Paintings and if you have followed along you should have some physical proof!


What You'll Learn

  •  Basic Supplies List. In this lesson Kaitlin Goodey goes over all of the materials needed to step up and paint your project. Including explanations of why each material is necessary or alternatives to it. *You can find an attached document of the list of items and where to find them in the class project tab.
  • Supplies for Cells. Kaitlin covers specific supplies to get the popular cells in your painting. *You can find an attached document of the list of items and where to find them in the class project tab.
  • Supplies for Swiping. There are a few tools needed for swiping in particular that Kaitlin will explain
  • Swipe Demo. Kaitlin will demonstrate how to pour the paint and swipe it while also explaining how open up the cells and ways to vary the results.
  • Troubleshooting Common Issues. Listen as Kaitlin covers all of the common questions and issues that artists run into while attempting to create Swipe Fluid Acrylic Paintings. (if you need more basic Fluid Acrylic Pouring questions answered go back to the troubleshooting section of her course Fluid Acrylic Painting: Abstract Puddle Pour Method for Beginners )

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Kaitlin Goodey

Creative art and business encourager


I am an artist, blogger and creative encourager. I love to teach art and business skills to creatively passionate and driven people.  I help creatives like you learn to express their unique art visions and build profitable businesses. I'm a creative coach who loves teaching, talking shop, creating, building community, and social media.

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I've been a life long creator and entrepreneur. I started selling my art and jewelry in my freshman year of college at local summer markets and street fairs and haven't stopped since then. While I've always loved the thrill of making money from my passion of creating I've also had a deep calling and natural intuition to share ... See full profile

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1. Intro to Fluid Acrylic Swipe Method: Hi. My name's Caitlin Goodie of Goodie Studio. Today I'm here to show you how to do acrylic pouring using the swipe method. I've been doing this technique for just over a year, and I really love how experimental and meditative it can be. Especially this one. I love creating ocean scenes, so I'm gonna teach you exactly how to do this painting. First, I'll start by going over the supplies needed to do the project. Then I'll do a demo of how to pour the paint onto the canvas and do the actual swiping to get a painting that looks like this. Then I'll cover some troubleshooting questions so you can get the best paintings possible. I hope you have fun in this class. Just is not his idea. 2. Basic Supplies for Fluid Acrylic Pour: Let's talk supplies. First off can this. I like to get my canvases that Michael's make sure there's a sale or you're using a coupon you can get sometimes up to 70% off your campuses, and that's usually my sweet spot to stock up. That doesn't happen every month, but when it does, I make sure I hit that sale up. Today, we're gonna be using 11 by 14 canvas. This is a good size to kind of get testing with and be able to show you enough the process . I've done a small as four by four campuses. That's pretty dying. Smaller. You're working with drops on that one. I suggest at least eight by 10 for you to get started. Um, make sure they're nice and tight canvases. If they're not, you need to spray the back and dry it so they're really tight. That's the key to this. I wouldn't use canvas board because those bow a lot during the drying process and you're gonna lose all your painting, so I like the level two. You could use a level one if you want to save a little bit more. If you're thinking about selling these I used at least the level two, though, because I think that the back looks a little more professional and nice there stapled a lot better and smoother for hanging. So this is my favorite for being on the cheap side, but still looking really nice. If you want to be super professional, go for the level three the nice. It sounds thicker on the sides, and I really like how the paint travels over that. But the level two is great for getting started or a level one. Uh, so after you have your nice level, can this make sure you have a level space? You need to have something that props up your cannabis from the table. You can use cups if need be, or little painting triangles. You'll see in the video that I use painting triangles. Sometimes they could be a little tough, though, since they're very small tips that you're going to be balancing this on. I started out with cups, and that worked great as a process for learning, so you need it propped up for the actual painting process, and you, Nina, propped up during the drying process, make sure that wherever you're drying. Your painting is extremely level. You can use a level to do that or eyeball it if you have Teoh, Um, the painting surface needs to be at least decently level so that you're not losing too much of the paint while you're setting up your painting. Basically, uh, then make sure your space is protected. I am kind of a hot mass of getting paint everywhere. As you can see, I have plastic down on my table. I also have plastic down on my floor. I also have very dirty clothing that I wipe paint all over. Uh, I get paint everywhere and through my clothing on my skin. So I really just trying and protect things as much as possible, including nice close by not wearing them at all in that same vein. Gloves. Gloves are a big help. Um, because you're going to get paint all over your hands since you're going to be holding the painting here and tipping and tilting, it goes directly onto your hands. So, uh, yes, you could wash your hands off, but one of the big helps of a glove. So I'm in the middle of painting and I've got paint all over my hand, but, oh no, the phone rings or Oh, no, this thing's falling over over here. I can quickly slip my glove off, and I have a clean hand to do something with, especially if you want to take pictures along the process. You can slip the glove off and not get paint all over your son. So that's kind of an added tip that people don't think about, of how you can take it off and be instantly clean on your hand again. So make sure you about gloves. They really help to keep things cleaner and more controlled. Forgetting paint everywhere. Um, then you'll need stir sticks and cups for mixing the paint into. I just use little Popsicle sticks that I got at the dollar store cups. You can use a little bit smaller than this if you're doing just smaller paintings. Sometimes I do up to 24 by 36 paintings, so I really need these large cups or mixing a lot of pain at once. But you don't need quite that large. Uh, you can use your Popsicle sticks or, if you have any trowel type of things like this thes air kind of handy tools for finessing extra things covering the engines, your of your painting. But this isn't necessary. You can do all of that with a Popsicle stick or other things. They're handy. Another optional thing is a scale. I already had one of these. You can get them for decent prices that like that bathroom beyond or target or something. But if you really want toe, go the extra mile on making sure that your pain is the same consistency. That's when I use my scales that I know exactly how much paint and medium I'm adding to each cup and that it's equal across all the colors I use. It's not necessary, but this is an added option. You can just eyeball how much paint use, though, If you want Teoh, um, then you're in need water. Uh, I don't use purified water. It's just in the bottle. So you just need a sound, um, you know, bottles of water or if you have, like, a picture, whatever you want to put it in, Uh, I just use tap water. Some people do experiment with distilled water or purified water, but I haven't found a big difference between that, at least in how I work. So just get some tap water, put it in a handy, um, bottle or something so that you could be pouring it into your painting. Sometimes I have several of these around, um, so that you don't run out, but just have at least one near you. Uh, then we get Teoh the critical bit, and that's paints and mediums. So with paints, uh, you don't have to go spending all your money instantly on the acrylic paint. Uh, some people use as basic as craft paint from Michaels Joan's wherever you can use craft paint. If you would like, uh, I had more issues with this, though a lot of people have a lot of success with these. I have a little bit too much issues with cracking with these, though, So I moved on Teoh the Liquid Tex basics paint. There's also artist's loft paint or, like Blick, has a very similar brand to this, um, liquid taxes. My favorite, And then it had loose. When I started, it had the most colors available. It's got a really nice consistency to it. Um, you don't want to be getting heavy body acrylics because those take too much to makes down . This is kind of a medium, um, in between heavy body and fluid. So, um, this has a really let me putting kind of consistency to it, which makes it nice to mix down from eso. I suggest list. Cortex basics has a great starting point if you have just a little bit more to spend again , I watch Michael's for sales on these. Or sometimes Blick has some pretty good price is. But I stock up when their sales because pain can add up and how much it costs. And with that, you can use golden fluid acrylics as well. Um, these are beautiful paints, but they're quite expensive. Um, I already had these from other painting processes I've done, but I don't tend to use them this process because they disappear pretty fast. Since they're already superfluid. You can't really here, but since they're already superfluid, you don't need to put aside into medium and them. But that also means that you're going to use a lot more of the paint itself. And that's just a lot of money, especially when you're doing big canvases or if you're really prolific and painting, Um, I will say I really like the iridescent colors, metallic colors from golden so my golds and my silver's are usually a golden. Sometimes I'll use a liquid Texan it a little bit. So, like if the consistency in my other colors because I used liquid texts are thicker than what this golden would produce all use mainly this. And then I'll add a bit of the liquid tex gold pain in to just thicken it just slightly. But this is these air really my favorite. When it comes to the metallic colors, they're just they're just beautiful. So that's really only time I use Golden because they get really expensive when you're using them a lot. So then let's talk about mediums. Liquid text pouring medium. This is really went, um, helped pouring takeoff. Uh, it helps the integrity of the acrylic paint. Acrylic paint can only be mixed down so far with water without having issues, so this works as a binding for the acrylic paint. It extends the color. It's colorless itself, but it works is kind of a glue to keep the paint together. Eso that you don't have any flaking issues or anything like that. So your liquid text pouring medium is really important for getting the row fluid paint but not jeopardizing the integrity of the paint itself. So when I'm mixing, I do a 1 to 1 ratio of paint to pouring medium. But I split that between the actual pouring media and gak 800 reason I use gank 800 by Golden is to help get a really smooth finish. It's specifically main for Lok raising. So, um, that has to do with how the paint dries and potentially poles apart because of just all the layers in there. So for me, I found a lot of success not having any more cracking orc raising when I used more of this gak 800 Uh, for a while, pouring kind of blew up and you couldn't find liquid Tex anywhere. The pouring medium was just out everywhere online, everything. So I used on Lee Gak 100 at that time as my pouring medium, and that worked really well too. So you could do that. There are some other golden products that you can use a swell in the gas tax, but I haven't experimented with those much because I've had great success with ease, and I haven't really felt the need to, But you can always research that on play with yourself, but this is what I like. Um, so there's those now again that time where you couldn't find it anywhere. A bunch Artists got really creative in looking what else they could use at a medium on. A lot of people got this flood flow trawl. You can find it at the hardware store it's used for adding to paint Teoh paint like the walls inside a house. Um, so people started using this instead of mediums, and they couldn't find it anywhere or at a reasonable price. So this is really cheap in comparison to those on any given day. I haven't really experimented with this because I like the other ones, and this tank's like twice the time to dry. So that's tough on me already. Paint pretty big and then paint quite a lot. So to take up tables for like, 48 hours of drying time is pretty killer. So with these, it takes about only 24 hours to dry, and that really helps me out so you can play with this. Um, but I suggest those for really getting you know, your feet under you of knowing this process and then branch out and try all different things and how it affects your painting. One other paint and forgot. Emerging quickly is the artist law floor acrylic. This is what I use right away. I use a lot of white on this is really economical for me. This is a bit more fluid than the liquor text basics, but less fluid in the golden. Um, I tried some of the other colors, but I found cracking in them. The white I haven't had issues with, though, and sometimes they use a little bit of black. But I dio definitely make sure that I do my mediums really well in this that don't have any issues. Uh, but since I use so much white, this is the most economical option for me. So this is one of the brands, at least in this color that I can suggest for you 3. Supplies for Creating Cells: So for creating cells, you're going to need silicone. My favorite is this blasters silicone that I just got at the hardware store with this since is an aerosol. Can I also use a small container? Because I spray it in here first so that I get just the liquid without any of the bubbles. Um, and I have a little eye dropper to get it out. So this is my favorite silicone. Um, cells work by basically pushing things apart. So the oil is what helps you get that reaction? I've seen people even used like vegetable oils. Um, so again, this is my favorite silicone. I've also tried the three and one. I've also tried treadmill oil. Some people swear by these. I don't like them. His lunch, They didn't get as many cells or pop as much. But maybe I just need you to experiment with them more. And how many drops I used or not. So these are options, but I would experiment with them. Maybe later, if you want to first. Sure get things the way I did stick with the same products that I used. Dame Ethicon 500 is another option. It's a hair product. I got it on Amazon again. It's just another oil based thing to help these cell, um, process happened, so there's no other option again. Still not my favorite. This is my tried and true way to get cells, so it comes from mixing these into the paint. But then you need I, um I just have a little creme brulee torch. It's usually read whom. But I have covered it in paint. Um, it's it's small. It's easy. I can adjust the flame signs right here and turn it on and off right here. It's It's really easy to use even on my really large paintings. And then I have, um, butane is the refill for it. You can see videos online for how to refill this. I'm but you will need at some point a refill for your view, tain. But this is a really easy way. Once the pain has been poured, which you'll see in the demo use fire, Teoh, make the cells actually pop. Some people have been able to do it without this but me personally, this is how I know it will always happen. So if you're uncomfortable with fire, then you might just have to experiment more, But you really shouldn't have an issue with this. If you keep the flame up away, you're really not gonna have a problem. I've never actually lit the whole thing on fire, either. I'll just see some crackling and smoke and then, like, stop move away. Make sure your rooms well ventilated in, have some windows open. If you're really concerned about any off gassing that might happen, then just get a mask to wear while doing that portion of your painting. 4. Swipe Supplies: the other tool you will mean for the swiping, which I have covered in paint, is some sort of tool to actually do. The sweeping this is is my favorite one. It's just a like travel tool that I used to swipe. I've tried other things, like stiff cardboard or plastic. I even have like a giant painting tool that looks like a windshield wiper kind of. But this is still my favorite. It's got a big surface here, so I think that really helps to ground the paint. I push it along versus a really thin one, because this travels kind of across the top of the paint verses scraping into it on accident. So this is the kind of tool that I suggest. This is eight inches right here. So if you're doing an eight by 10 it would cover the entire painting on 11 by 14. You'll see. I'll have to do to different swipes, but that's fine. I've even done that on, like 24 my 36 days. With this, you can also have a small little trial like this one to do any small areas you want. Or if you're experimenting with, um, really finessing specific things. I just like thes flat surface trowels for swiping again because of the weight it carries across the top of the surface really nicely. 5. Demo Swipe Method: all right. The sweat method is literally about swiping paint over another. So this is a great tool for me. I got it from the hardware store. Um, it's pretty big, so I do too. Swipes with it on this science can This living by 14. But I have my chosen colors. So by just porton bands, I know I'm gonna want this white chunk here. I'm gonna swipe white over the other two colors, so just port in bands here. Pretty simple. You don't have to go all the way up to the top because you re pulling paint that way. So I might do this to help it. Um, slow. So even come up in here just kind of get away. It'll help the pain travel up over that better smoothly instead of getting stuck on dry. And I'll even go over the edge. Is here a bit help? That too. Didn't really matter that I'm mixing color of color right now because you won't see that here in a bit. Now I'm going to lay down white paint because I am swiping white over these two. This one you do you wanna watch? I do like a really thin line as much as possible. Close to the edge. Watch you get always the edge here and lay down a good amount here, since this is what you're pulling hopes losing it more than a month up over the others. All right, so this is where you have to be a little bit graceful, Pull kind of at an angle. But you're really you're not trying dig all the way down to the canvas because that's just wiping it off. You're really going kind of surface, like, right across the top of the paint. So I'm gonna start etc. On the far side. I'll do about as big of a drag as I can see. I was going over it kind of left off. That's okay, you can wipe it off on. I'm not used to having the tripod. Here's what's getting me. So I'm gonna trey left handed here. It's okay to swipe over an area already did and kind of falling off their paints on a little bit more. See how that goes. Now, these you don't usually, um, tilt. You could if you really wanted. Since I added a little more green here. My trick we've got a smaller trial. I dip it into the white pain if I do this and I don't really like the way it works. And I kind of redo it, like, kind of drag over that again. Now, since this has domestic own, her hatch has silicone in it. I'm going for cells in this, and you see, other white didn't quite cover away here. See? Get that. You want to make sure, just like with any of the other forms of this that you really have paint all over the sides of your canvas. So pick it up and touch up those parts where it didn't quite fall all the way. Okay about that. Just don't knock it off and then come back with the stir stick to get the white. Even though the campuses white you do you need to actually paint the edge of your canvas. Wait, it does look different. Just make sure it's all covered now. Really? The cells popping light it on fire. So I've got my creme brulee torch here on a Do you wanna sit in one spot? You on. You sure you're moving around? You just keep kind of circling over areas to get those cells popping. Do a little bit bigger, flame a little bit more fire. These guys go in and you can decide how much. So how biggest cells you want? You know, you could have some areas alone. You keep soon. These because there's a lot of weight. I usually like a lot of cells. Sometimes we'll let it sit like this for a minute, just to see what it keeps doing. You see, these have been changing up here, so let the reaction process happen a little bit more before I come back in and try somewhere so it depends on how much of a big of a white band you like here. But sometimes what could be kind of fun if you get the right colors where this is ocean, you know, has come paint like sand back here. If you wanted or the check would have just been probably a little too much weight this way , it could have put the like green close to dance the bottom. But this is your basic picture off this white method. Now you can get more experimented. Some people swipe one way and then swipe back before they've done anything. You can also put blocks of different colors. Places quite this way. Swipe that way. Just play with it. It's like everything else. It's all about experimenting and seeing how you can change that to be, uh, what suits you best. 6. Troubleshooting Issues Fluid Acrylic Pour Swipe Method: All right. Now, I'm gonna cover troubleshooting for this white method. If there's other basic questions you have, make sure that you go back to my first class with the puddle poor paintings. The troubleshooting video in that class has a lot more of just the basic issues with this method. But at this point, I figure it you're a bit more advanced, and we really need to just cover things based on this specific method of painting. So with the swipe, one of the biggest things that people come across is that sells Didn't appear. So First off that comes from experimenting with how much of the silicone that you add into your pain. Usually, I mean not add any into the white or just very, very little. And then I'll add more into the colors that are below it, because I think that they pushed the top layer away. Um, also again, you know, fire and you're moving around. Not waiting too long on. Lastly, I think sometimes cells don't appear because people over suede. Um, so if you keep swiping because you don't think you like it at first, I think things get muddied in there and so it doesn't come out as well for the cells. Um, but unfortunately, it really is just experimenting. I've done the best I can and showing you how to add, um, the additives and get the right, um, amount in there. But if you're having issues still work on how much you add to each one based on the type of silicone that you're using, um, otherwise, I mean, this process is pretty easy, but, um, is there isn't enough white. You need to make sure that you do have enough white. So that's like one of the biggest issues people have is that they, um, se came in. I couldn't get the white all the way to the top. Well, yeah, because you didn't add enough to the can't miss. Go figure. So make sure that when you put the weight of the bottom or whatever color using that you really puddled up there because you've got a dragon as far as you can. If it didn't get as far as you wanted it Teoh, I kind of show in the video. But the best trick that I've done is to add more white onto your swiping tool training pick up where you left off. Teoh, fix that up. It's not gonna look perfectly smooth, but that's kind of your best option. Unless you just don't want your color in that area. Um, again, make sure on the bottom color that you gone over your edges so that the paint travels that way. Since you're not really tipping and tilting in this method, well, you could. That's an experimentation you can have fun with, Um and you know, with my process, people go, Can you swipe in different directions off course you can swim in any direction you want. I've seen people swiped this way that way across. I've seen people swiping circles. You can do whatever you want. You just have to make sure that you're willing to mess up. And that's totally okay. If you've made a giant message, the end and you're just like I don't even want to see this dry. You can save your canvas by scraping all the paint off. You lost the paint in that instance. Mm. Do not you could say that I actually have saved it. Sometimes I swipe it all off into a cup, especially if I'm using like monochromatic colors because if I'm using, like all different blues, all swipe it as much as possible off the canvas into a cup and see what blue it creates. And maybe I can use that for another painting. Um, but don't be afraid if you just can't stand it, Teoh, clear the canvas off and start again. You can. Even after you've done a painting, you can paint over it. Once it's dry, you could do it a whole new poor on top of it. If there's any textures and the one that's dry, though, it will come through in the top ones. That's the only thing to know about that. But, um, the real trick with swiping is just Teoh get enough paint on the canvas and then really finesse, pulling one color over another and not digging all the way in. We're not picking up enough. Um, that's really where people have the biggest issues is just that fitness of pulling one color over the other. But once you've got that down, just have fun. There's so much you can do it