Introduction to Intuitive Fluid Art - Acrylic Pouring | Christina Colourful | Skillshare

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Introduction to Intuitive Fluid Art - Acrylic Pouring

teacher avatar Christina Colourful, Intuitive and self-taught artist

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Lessons in This Class

6 Lessons (10m)
    • 1. Welcome to the class

      2:19
    • 2. Project intro

      1:03
    • 3. Set up

      2:08
    • 4. Mixing your paints

      1:19
    • 5. Creating your design

      3:02
    • 6. Final comments

      1:34
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About This Class

This class is for anyone looking to create beautiful art pieces, it's a simple and fun technique and easy to do for anyone! You do not need any experience or special skills to create beautiful paintings and have fun with me in this class. 

We will tap into our intuition and creativity, and let go of control! As we dive into the fun, playful world of acrylic pouring.

This art form is highly intuitive and allows you to let go and be in the moment. It simultaneously serves as art therapy and a way to heal and reach that flow or meditative state all humans benefit from tapping into.

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Christina Colourful

Intuitive and self-taught artist

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Christina Thamm is an intuitive artist in the field of fluid and abstract art.

Christina works part time as an artist at Art Escape Studio Collective in Copenhagen, Denmark. She is originally from Funen, Denmark but has also spent many years travelling and living abroad.

Christina is a self-taught artist, and her passion for creating came from a period of instability. She struggled with deep depression, anxiety and suicidal tendencies after fully dedicating herself to animal rights and environmental activism. A job that made her dive deep into the darker sides of humanity and her own interior - it was her love of creating art that pulled her out.

The practice of creating fluid art helped her connect once again with her inner child and reach deeper meditative states... See full profile

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1. Welcome to the class: The e, e, e, e, e, e, e. Hello students and welcome to my Skillshare class called intuitive fluid art. My name is Christina colorful and I will be doing your class today. And I hope you have a lot of fun. I am an abstract painter and I came into art myself to use it as a form of meditation and healing. Because when you do fluid art, especially when you do acrylic pouring, which is what we'll be doing today, can really switch off your thinking mind as just have fun and play around with it. And you can reach this meditative state when you're just focused on what's unfolding in front of you on the Canvas next to me, you have an example of the painting, but you can create with this method that we'll be learning today, it's called acrylics quarry, and we will be guided into a specific method called method. You do not need any previous experience or skill set to do this course. Basically, everything you need will be provided during the course and all you need to do is follow your intuition and just paint your favorite colors and have fun with it. 2. Project intro: So for today's class, our project is to create a small painting with this acrylic pouring technique, that's called a blow-up method. We will create a little painting. You can choose the size of your canvas. And I will take you through all the steps on how to create this. It is super fun and easy to start out with. And it will really help you to just connect with your creativity without having to have a lot of skills on beforehand. So for this project, all you need to do is get your materials ready. I will show you in our next video exactly how to set up your station. You just need to make sure you have all the materials needed. And then we can get started with offers painting. See you in the next class. 3. Set up : We're going to start getting into prepare our workstation. Now, as you can see, I have a lot of things spread out on the table here. So what's most important is that if you're not in a studio where everything can get 30, you will need some plastic cover or a drop cloth out our new table so you don't get paint everywhere because when you do work with fluid art, it does tend to get a bit messy. Then we need some cups that are the same height with that under our canvas, so it's lifted from the table. We need some cuffs to mix our paint can and some sticks to mix them with. I like to just reuse mistakes. Just like wipe them off with a piece of paper so that I can use them again. And then we need to pick our colors, which is the most important parts, and you can choose your favorite colors. I would recommend choosing one color for the background. We're going to do a bit of a simple layout for our first painting today. And then for other colors minimum. So it's always nice if you, for example, have a dark background to have some white in there, or if you're doing a white or a very light backgrounds have a bit of a darker tone to give some contrast in your painting. But other than that, feel free to choose any color you'd love. And just have fun with with picking out your colors for the painting. The other things we're going to need is a blow dryer. As I said earlier in the introduction, it is not a must, but it is a lot of fun to play with it. So if you do have one thing I recommend using it. You can also flow with your mouth or use other tools to move the paint around. And the last tool I always use is a torch. So this is a typical one that you would use in your kitchen. It works with gas and it is quite simple to turn on and off. Also, this is not a must, but it is really nice because it creates some really beautiful effects. So if you don't have it, if with this first painting, don't worry. But if you do plan on doing a lot of this art in the future, I really recommend getting one of these. 4. Mixing your paints: So now it's time to mix our paints for the painting. And I'm going to start showing you the background color here. So you want quite a generous amount and you want more or less half of your acrylic paint and half water. And then you might add a little bit water to get a really nice thin consistency. So as you can see here, I'm adding a bit more and then you just have to stir it really well, so there are no lumps in there. And once you get direct consistency, it should be very runny and run right off the stick, but it shouldn't be completely ordering. For the background. You want more or less a full medium-sized cup. For the other colors that you want to layer in between. You want a little bit less paint, but you want the exact same consistency. And as you can see here, it's running right out of the cup. And then it is also very nice and easy to spread when you blow it out with your hairdryer or you mouth blow it out. 5. Creating your design: Once you've laid down your background color on the edges, you're going to blow it out with your blow dryer or with your mouth if you don't have a blow dryer to use. And you're just gonna make sure that it's going all the way to the edges. And in the middle you'll leave space for your other colors to be poured out. If, for example, your edges aren't completely covered with paint, you can just pick it up with your fingers from the table and make sure your edges and corners are completely covered. And now it's time to layer our colors in the middle. So you're going to want to start with the one that you want to see the least. And then you will just add them on. At this point, it's important to think about if you, for example, layer green and yellow on top of each other and you're going to get flu. So if you don't want blue in there, you will have to put another color in-between those two. And the color you put on last will be the one that shows more. So you wanna pick your very, very favorite color for the top. Now you can also layer the same color more than ones. And then we're going to use our blow dryer to first blow our background color a bit over the other colors so they are covered a little bit. Now when you're doing this, it's important not to have it on high-speed. Then you use your torch. If you have one to remove all the air bubbles in your background color. And now it's time to blow our other colors out over the background color. So this is where you kind of decide which direction you want to take them to create a design that you like. I like to build them out to both sides. So most of the canvas is covered with the colors that you've layered in the middle. And afterwards, if you want to correct or flow out a little bit more, you can use your mouth to go a little bit more precisely. And if you don't have a hairdryer and you're doing a small canvas, you can actually just use your mouth to blow all the colors out. Afterwards, she can use the torch again to create little beautiful cells to pop up everywhere. And if there's layers of colors, the colors beneath will come up to the surface. Now you can also use your finger or a spatula to move around to paint a little bit if you want to correct a few little details. 6. Final comments: Okay, So this is the finished painting. I hope you have a lot of fun playing with this fluid art and the acrylic pouring. And I hope to create some really beautiful pieces. And if you do feel called to do so and you can share a photo of your finished painting in our communities and you can take a photo and just posted up in the community and we can all see what everyone creator, I would really love to see what came out of this little experiment for you. And of course, I hope that to fund it's super fun and playful and that you will be trying it out again in the future. If you do want to try acrylic priming, again, I will hopefully be able to create more online courses. And you can also always reach out to me if you want once class sessions or if you need any advice with their critics for us that you're creating for this painting for now, we have to leave it for at least two to three days to be fully dry. Look a little bit wobbly right now, that's okay. It will dry completely level. And so you just need to leave it until it's completely dry and then you can remove the cups. You can clean off the back if there's anything that's stuck on the back. And then you have your finished painting. You can protect it with spray varnish or another type of minors. If you need any sort of advice or thoughts on that, there is a bunch of courses on that here on Skillshare as well. And you can reach out to me for any kind of license. So thank you again for being part of this course. I hope you had a lot of fun. I found it very interesting and I hope to see you in classes again in the future.