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Pouring Paint with Silicone and Torch

Pouring paint is so very unpredictable but, that is what is so enticing about this style of painting! I do love to play with art that creates itself and when I do, it is so very therapeutic. So, grab some paint and let’s get to it.

Step 1: The first step, after finding a safe place to pour where your cat can’t get paint on them, is to prepare the paints. Here, I am preparing the pouring base, which will be white. Other than the chemical ratios and flame torching, there are no rules to what a good pour should be. There aren’t any rules to which colors to use. The sky is the limit so be creative and have a blast.

Step 2: Next, add one drop of silicone pouring medium to your base color and stir very well. Without stirring in the silicone, there can be silicone puddles that build up and separate your paints but, not in a good way.

Also we will not be adding silicone to every color, so it is important that you stir well. Popsicle sticks work great for stirring.
Step 3: Now I can add the next color, which will be green. I want my pour to be mainly on the green side, so I add a lot of it. Note that there is not silicone in this color.

Step 4: The next color that I add is the beige. Try to pour your paint in the middle of the cup, that way when you actually dump it, the colors will spread out evenly.

Step 5: Here is my magic color that I want to use in this one. The Metallic colors like bronze, gold or silver, always make such a great addition to any mix up you can imagine. This here is a bronze metallic with one drop of silicone. Remember to stir the silicone in very well.
Step 6: Now I can pour this mix in the cups. Just looking at the cups, I am already excited about the color scheme of this one. Notice the separation already occuring in the cups and we haven’t even dumped it yet!

Step 7: Now it is time to have some fun. So in this multi-cup pour, I want to spread the colors out in a way that makes sure I will be covering the entire panel. You can try a single cup pour and compare it to a 2 or 3 or 6 cup pour. It is all up to you how and what color.

Step 8: Now that you have flipped and dumped the paint, let the cups sit for a couple minutes to let the paint completely empty onto the panel.

Step 9: Now that the paint cups have emptied out, it is time to lift and drag. By that I mean I am not simply lifting strasight up. I am lifting and dragging the cup around to the areas that don’t have paint. This aids in the even spreading of the paints around the panel.

Step 10: So now comes time to add flame to the paint. The torch actually helps in popping any bubbles as well as aid in the separation of colors and cell formations. With the torch, remember that less is more and one pass with it will do. Torching it more times will not help create more cells.

Step 11: The final step is to let dry for a couple days. Make sure the painting is in a dry and warm place to rest. It should remain flat as the paint needs to settle and the silicone in the paint needs to dry naturally. I have found that a heat gun or blow dryer does not aid in the drying of pours with silicone in them Noptice the honeycomb cells that have formed. If this is what you seek, then these steps are best way to acheive these cells. Remeber there are no rules and you can be as creative as you want when it comes to pouring paint. So have fun, be creative and stay colorful.

Artists Tool Box:

Acrylic Paints

Acrylic Pouring Mediums

Silicone Pouring Oil

Pouring Panels

Mixing cups

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