Beginners, Doing an Acrylic Pour, Plus DIY Gesso & Texture Paste

I’ve always wanted to try an acrylic pour, so my great niece Erika and I did one. But we needed gesso to coat our canvas, so I had to make my own gesso so, here’s the recipe I used to make it. Homemade Gesso Recipe Sitr all wet ingredients together 1/4 cup water 1/4 cup white acrylic (cheap) paint from craft stores You can make gesso in different colors, but I chose white. You can use acrylic house paint too, but I went with the craft paint since I’m only making a small amount of gesso. 1/4 cup white glue but not school glue, regular Elmers or Mod Podge (I used the shiny kind of Mod Podge because i’m trying to get rid of it) Mix your wet ingredients together then slowly stir it into the Plaster of Paris. Don’t do this in reverse by putting the Plaster of Paris into the wet ingredients or you’ll have a lumpy mess. Put your wet ingredients into your Plaster of Paris (or baby powder) and make sure you stir it really well until all lumps are gone. 1/4 cup Plaster of Paris (buy it at a hardware store) or baby powder (I don’t like my projects to smell like a baby, so go with the Plaster of Paris) It should be a pancake batter consistency, so if it isn’t thick enough, add a little bit more Plaster of Paris until it is thick enough. If it’s too thick, add more of the wet ingredients. Homemade Texture Paste 1/4 c Mod Podge or white glue (not school glue, just Elmer’s) 1/2 c homemade Gesso 1 cup Plaster of Paris or baby powder Add your wet ingredients that you’ve mixed well into the Plaster of Paris and make sure you get out all of your lumps, or you will have lumpy texture paste. I added small amounts of wet ingredients and stirred, then added more, until all of my wet ingredients are well mixed together with the Plaster of Paris or baby powder. I took a very small canvas and covered it with my homemade gesso and set it aside to dry. To do an acrylic pour, you’ll need to do a mixture of acrylic paints, white glue, water and silicone and we used popsicle sticks to do our stirring. 3 parts white glue (Elmer’s or Mod Podge, but not school glue) we used 3 tsp. 1 part water, we used 1 tsp. 2 parts paint, we used 2 tsp. Once you put your glue, water and paint together in a small plastic cup, (we used the cups you buy at the Dollar Tree for jello shots) stir it for a very long time, and it should be really watery. Leave the Popsicle stick in the cup you stirred it with, as you’ll need to stir it again. You’ll add a long squirt of silicone spray, that we bought at the Dollar Tree auto department, into each cup, and stir again until well mixed. You need to make sure that you stir these really well as you add ingredients. Then you will need a larger disposable cup to pour all of the paints into.Once you start pouring into this cup, we did not stir the paints again…Start with 1/3rd of your white paint mixture and pour it into the bottom of the bigger cup, then pour another color from up to one foot above the cup into the larger cup, then pour another color from the same height into the larger cup, and repeat all colors until you’ve used some of all of your paints, then add more of the white mixture into the cup, again from about one foot above the cup. To do a “dirty pour”, you’ll take a small canvas that has been gesso’d, and put the canvas on top of your cup, holding it tightly, flip everything over. You’ll need something to hold any excess paint–we used an aluminum pie pan and you’ll also need something to hold the canvas above the pie pan, we used small plastic cups turned upside down so the bottoms face up. After you’ve flipped over your canvas and are holding your cup of paint upside down on top of the canvas, put the canvas onto the small overturned plastic cups and lift the cup of paint off of the canvas, making sure to get paint over most of the canvas. Tilt the canvas so paint covers all of it, make sure you have paint covering all edges of the canvas and use your popsicle sticks to pick some paint off of the aluminum pie pan to coat the sides as well. What we found when we did this was that you need to stir your individual paint mixtures for a very long time until there are absolutely no lumps and it is watery. Then spray some of the silicone spray into the cup and stir it another long time. It probably took us 1/2 hour to stir everything correctly. We definitely didn’t stir the gold paint mixture long enough and that’s why our first pour looked so lumpy. It was a great learning experience and we did much better stirring our second batch, but didn’t put enough silicone into the mix, so didn’t really get any good cells. Our very last attempt was tremendous and had lots of cells. Erika added a lot more silicone in the last canvas and we stirred her paint mixtures a lot more than before.

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