Sea Swipe – Acrylic Paint Pouring

Hello crafters and welcome back to my blog!!


Today, I have decided to have another play around with acrylic paint pouring and do my first ever “swipe”.


What is a “Swipe”?

This technique involves laying down patches of colour (stripes seem to be quite popular) and leaving one end of the canvas colour-free, to add your swipe colour of choice.  Once the paint is all laid down on the canvas, you use a palette knife, plastic card or, in my case, a sheet of Yupo synthetic paper, to swipe the paint across the canvas – a very light touch is needed for this or else you will scrape all the paint off the canvas instead.


Paint recipe

As in my last acrylic pouring tutorial, I opted to add Flow Improver by Winsor and Newton, a little at a time using a plastic pipette, until my paint had the consistency of honey/single cream.  I added 3 drops of silicone to each of the colours (possibly too much silicone for such a small quantity of paint, you’ll read why later on), apart from the white, as this is going to be my swiping colour.


The paints I used today were: Daler and Rowney Titanium White, Pebeo Dyna Iridescent Blue Green and Docrafts Artiste in Metallic Emerald Green, Metallic Sapphire, Bahama Blue and Lagoon.


Step 1 – Preparing the canvas

For a swipe, I did not need to flood the canvas with white paint prior to pouring; so, I simply pushed some thumb tacks into the wood at the back of the canvas, to lift it up from the base of the drip tray.


Step 2 – Pouring

I poured stripes of each colour down the canvas and added a thick stripe of white on the left-hand side.


Step 3 – The Swipe

I laid the edge of the Yupo paper gently on the surface of the white paint and then slowly swiped it across the surface of the rest of the paint.


Step 4 – Swipe #2

I felt that the area of white was too stark a contrast and so decided the do a further swipe, this time in the opposite direction, just going back over the area of white, to bring some of the blue tones to the surface.


Step 5 – Creating cells

I then used a heat tool (you can use a blow torch if you have one to hand) to warm the paint and allow the silicone to break through onto the surface, thereby creating the cells.


Step 6 – Finishing touches

Once this was done, I titivated with a bamboo skewer pulling some threads of white out into the blue and some of the blue back into the white.


I think that I may have overmixed the silicone/put too much silicone into the paint, as the cells were not as clear defined as I would have liked but, hey, that is how we learn what techniques work best and where we need to refine certain things.


Step 7 – Sealing the painting

Once the paint has cured (I leave mine for about 1-2 weeks), I will get this one sprayed with a couple of coats of a gloss varnish/sealer and then it is heading for my Etsy store.  I will post details of my Etsy store once I get some time to actually put some stock in there 😊


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Happy painting folks, Gem x

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