Tuesday, September 18, 2018

Acrylic Paint Pour Using a Strainer

Welcome to the September Pinterest Challenge Blog Hop, hosted by Erlene @ My PinterventuresThe purpose of this Pinterest Challenge is to motivate all the participants of this hop (and you, too) to not just pin, but to make it happen by trying it out!

This month, I'm into paint pouring! I think this is a new trend that's happening right now. And it's very popular on Pinterest. But I'm going one step further with Acrylic Paint Pour Using a Strainer! I first saw this on a tv segment, Right This Minute and was completely fascinated with the results! Like the show said, "who knew strainers could create amazing art?" And without ever touching a paint brush, too! This is so me! Originally, I wanted to do this using a pumpkin instead of canvas. But I chickened out thinking I didn't have enough paint to cover a good size pumpkin all over! I didn't want just drips, so I played it safe with canvas.

Materials used:

  • Oval canvas - 20"x16"
  • DecoArt Americana Acrylic Paints -Cranberry Wine, Brilliant Purple, Frosted Plum, Light Orchid, Cotton Candy, White
  • DecoArt Pour Medium
  • Sink Strainer
  • Disposable gloves
  • Plastic cups
  • Craft stick stirrers
  • Drop cloth
First, it had been raining off and on all week, so I had to do this project indoors. I covered everything possible in the area that I thought would get paint on, including the throw rug on my wood floor. Then, I placed the canvas on top of three empty plastic cups so the paint could drip down and off of the canvas. Next, I put on a pair of disposable gloves and shook-up the acrylic paints and poured all of each one into plastic cups.
 Then I poured Pouring Medium into each color, probably about half the amount to the paint. I didn't think I had enough medium for equal amounts.
And stirred each cup.
I placed the strainer in the middle of the canvas and began pouring in each color of paint.
See the beautiful beginnings of the design!
 I continued pouring colors into the strainer with no particular color order.
The flow of the colors was somewhat slow. Maybe I should have added more pour medium.
So, I picked up the strainer and moved it to another area.
Look at that pattern - swoooosh!
I then placed the strainer down again and added more paint.
It still seemed slow going again, so  .  .  .
 I started tilting the canvas .  .  . back and forth .  .  .
 to make the paint flow to the sides and over the edge.
 That worked! And I didn't have too much overflow paint on the drop cloth, either.
This is so amazing!!!!
 I had a little bit of paint left over in the cups, so I placed the strainer on top of a 8"x10" glass from a picture frame and poured in all of the leftover paint  .  .  . 
 to get this beautiful design!
 Two amazing pieces!
It took a couple of days for the paint to dry completely!
What lovely wall decor!
 If you look at the glass piece on the left, do you see a figure with an eye, torso and hand?  Wow, that's what I see or imagine!
This frame is actually showing the back of the poured paint onto the glass - 
which looks like an explosion of colors, doesn't it!
Oh so pretty! I'm really loving paint pouring - especially using a strainer! 
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  1. What a fun project Gail! You really did a beautiful job with this technique. I am always amazed at your skills!

  2. That is GORGEOUS, Gail! I have watched so many youtube videos on paint pouring but never have done one. I DO see the eye, boob, and hand too in the glass pour. Thanks for all of your great tips. You did an excellent job of making your Pinterest pin a reality.

  3. Impresionante, e ha quedado de maravilla. Es una técnica que aún no he realizado. Tu cuadro ha quedado realmente precioso y el efecto que has conseguido me parece muy bonito.
    Besos amiga

  4. Yes I did see the eye and the hand and it was so cool. Gail, you are so talented. I am going to add paint pour to my to-do list!

  5. Oooo! This is something I've been wanted to do! I love the colors you picked & it turned out amazing!

  6. I saw the eye and torso right away, Gail. How cool is this! I've got to say you are so brave doing this project in your kitchen. I'm such a bull in a china shop that I'm sure my kitchen would come out paint poured. Love love love this! Pinned to my Craft Ideas Board

  7. Super Cool Gail! How brillant to use a sink strainer! WOW!

  8. Oh, wow! These are super cool, Gail! I love them both! The colors are blended together beautifully! -Marci @ Stone Cottage Adventures

  9. Looks like you had a lot of fun with this project and great results. The one you poured onto the glass is reminiscent of Art Deco to me. Great job!

  10. My boys and I are loving pour painting and I have been wanting to try using a strainer; I just love the added lines and interest it gives. We've only tried pour painting outside though since my boys tend to be quite messy with it. Pinned.

  11. This is so fascinating to me. I have a huge canvas that I am seriously considering trying this out on. Your post has shown me how easy it is and what a nice painting you end up with. Except I am such a slob I would have to do it outside :)

  12. Wow this is beautiful! Who knew a strainer could create this!

  13. I've seen this technique a few times on those videos that people share on facebook - it looks like SO much fun.
    I love your finished art works. Really really beautiful.

  14. Beautiful! I love your pieces and the tutorial was perfect. I am pinning to share and to do with Christmas colors

  15. It's just beautiful, and how very, very clever! Love the use of color and how the strainer and tipping created such neat, artistic effects.

  16. What a fantastic project! This is a first I see a strainer used to make art and I quite like the idea! Bravo!

  17. I have been seeing this trend and thought it was way above my skill level but your tutorial makes me believe I can do this too! Wonder what it would look like on a bathroom vanity? I'm sure you would have to seal it with something. So beautiful! Pinning.

  18. Absolutely beautiful. I was reminded of marble somehow. Love the colors you used, even though I am a GREEN gal myself. The shades of purple are so soothing. As is the movement of the paint. Just a lovely project all the way around.

  19. Gail I had no idea the end result could be so pretty. I really like your technique too!

  20. Oh my Gail, they all turned out amazing. Love the colors you chose and I can definitely see the eye peeking out on the side of the canvas. How intriguing. One of a kind art work

  21. This is so lovely, Gail! Your tutorial is great, too. I want to give this a try now. Pinning!

  22. Pouring painting and resin painting are my latest addictition! I like all these colors and I am going to try them... thank you for the inspiration!

  23. I've always wanted to try this pour technique. It looks so fun and makes such pretty patterns. Loving it. BTW - what do you do with the excess paint?


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