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Resin Brand Comparison and 8 Quick Tips – Plus Video Demo!

Are all resins the same? There are resins marketed for marine use, bar tops, and artistic purposes, and they come in a variety of costs, with the ones marketed toward the artists being the most expensive, of course. But resin is resin, right? Why pay extra for the “Art Resin?” Resin comes in two bottles of equal volume. If you buy a gallon of resin, it will come in two half-gallon bottles. One bottle has …

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Flip Cup Tutorial Video with Student!

One of my high school students wanted to try the “flip cup” acrylic pour technique. I talked her through the process and helped her troubleshoot along the way. This was her first attempt, her practice test. She then went on to create two very nice pieces on wooden panels. Her recipe was: 3 parts Liquitex pouring medium 1 part Amsterdam brand acrylics 1 part water a few drops of silicone She was happy with the …

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An Experiment with Pouring Mediums: Part 4 of My Acrylic Pour Painting Series

Flood Floetrol, GAC 800, Rubbing Alcohol How did I come to my current acrylic pour recipe without too much trial and error (and a lot of wasted paint)? I designed a scientific experiment of my own. Based on my research, I knew I wanted to use either Flood Floetrol or GAC 800 as my pouring medium. I also wanted to try using rubbing alcohol as a replacement for the silicone. Some artists claim that it …

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Why I Don’t Use Silicone in My Acrylic Pour Paintings – Part 3

But first… Before I get to today’s topic I have an exciting announcement. I have created a YouTube channel for instructional, time-lapse and exhibition videos of my artwork. Check it out and let me know what you think in the comments here or on YouTube. Subscribers welcome! Archival vs. Non-archival So how are my acrylic pour artworks different? How am I improving upon what I’ve already learned? What am I adding to the conversation? The …

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Acrylic Pour Painting for Fun: A How-To Guide – Part 2

(This is Part 2 of my series on acrylic pour painting. Click here if you want to read Part 1.) Many people are exploring the art of acrylic pour painting as a hobby and a fun experiment to try. As an artist who sells work, my goal is to create a piece that stands the test of time and doesn’t degrade. The drawback of this archival approach is that it requires different additives that are …

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Art Teacher’s Exhibit – Opening Reception Tomorrow Night!

My first opportunity to show my new acrylic-pour paintings and watercolor-resist paintings to the public is this Friday night! My students and I are exhibiting our work on Main Street over the next four weeks. It’s free to the public. We would really appreciate your support and consideration. If you are on Main Street, consider popping in First Citizen’s Bank, by Mast General Store, to check it out. My work will be displayed for the …

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Acrylic Pour Painting – Part 1

I first heard about the Acrylic Pouring technique from a student. She asked if I’d heard of it and if I knew how to do it as she wanted to try it out for her next “Choice” Project. She showed me some images on her phone. The images were breathtaking — they were otherworldly nebulae, abstract flowing melodies of color. They had tiny little microcosms or “cells” as most artists call them, where concentric circles …

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