Dutch Pour Painting Technique
Have you ever seen those cool pour paintings on instagram and thought “how do they do that?”. Well, if you have, then you’ll hopefully enjoy this project.
I’ll show you how to do a Dutch Pour which is one of the most fun and potentially messy pours out there!
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WHAT YOU’LL NEED
- A canvas (16” x 20”)
- Acrylic paints, accent and background colours
- Silicone spray
- Mixing cups
- Mixing sticks
- Hair dryer and flat nozzle
MIXING YOUR PAINTS
I originally got my recipe online but since then I’ve tweaked it until I found the perfect mix for me.
Recipe: 1 part paint, a splash of water and 1 part floetrol. Mixed together in that order followed by a quick spray of silicone.
Process: Add a splash of water to your paint and mix well until you achieve a warm honey-like texture. If your paint is too gloopy, add a touch more water. Once the warm honey texture is achieved, add the floetrol. Mix fully until the consistency is still that of warm honey. Do this with all your colours, accent and background.
Then set your background colours aside. Add a quick spray of silicone to your accent colours only and mix in a gently.
My accent colours are orange, turquoise, red and navy and my background colours are black and white.
Now you’re good to go!
PREPARING YOUR CANVAS
You can choose to have your background however you want, I decided to divide my canvas in half diagonally and cover 1 half in white and the other half in black.
Use a generous amount of paint to cover the canvas but keep some back for a later step. If you don’t use enough paint at this stage, your pour won’t ‘blow out’ as well later on.
ADDING THE ACCENT COLOURS
One by one, pour a line of each accent colour across your canvas along the divide between the black and white, one on top of the other.
Again, be liberal with your paint. This is the last time you should need your accent colours so don’t worry about using them up.
Remember, you can watch how I do this in my YouTube video above.
Grab your left over black and white paint from earlier and create thick ‘barriers’ on both sides of your accent colour dividing line. Do this by pouring the rest of your background paints along the edge of the divide but still on their corresponding colour side.
Using your hair dryer and holding it low and flat, blow the black and white ‘barriers’ towards each other so that they meet in the middle of your canvas. The aim is to blow the black and white over the accent colour line creating a mix in the middle that is ready to be blown outwards, Dutch-pour-style.
Don’t worry if the black and white paint hasn’t completely covered your accent colours, this is tricky to do and there is usually always some colour left poking out, this isn’t a problem.
Once you’ve prepped your mix and it’s sitting in the middle of your canvas, use your hair dryer in a zig-zag motion to blow all the paint out from the middle across the blank parts of your canvas.
SOFTEN THE EDGES
Using a straw, blow out any harsh edges to add soft feathery detail.
Lastly, you can add further detail using a blow torch by creating more cells.
That’s all there is to a Dutch pour.
I think it might sound more complicated than it actually is, so it may be easier to watch my YouTube video above which hopefully shows how to do this a whole lot better.
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Happy crafting x