Up until now, I’ve only used canvas panels for acrylic pouring, but I thought it was time that I graduated to stretched canvas. In this video, I’ll show you how it turned out and the things about pouring on stretched canvas that were a little bit of a change from what I’ve been used to with the canvas panels.
My main concern was mixing enough paint / Floetrol to cover the entire canvas since it was a larger surface than I’m used working with. I ended up deciding to do a double flip cup technique at the last minute, instead of using just one cup, to make sure that I had enough paint. I actually ended up with more than enough paint to cover the canvas, so yay to that!
Check out the video below to see the step-by-step process for making my first stretched canvas acrylic pour painting:
Supplies Used in This Project
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Husky Plastic Sheeting (or a large garbage bag / old newspapers / a bunch of plastic grocery bags / a painter’s dropcloth)
Foil Cookie Trays (to catch most of the excess paint as it runs off the edges of the painting – I purchased a set of 2 for $1.00 at the dollar store)
Vinyl / Nitrile Gloves (if you don’t want to be cleaning acrylic paint from under your fingernails for days, then use gloves – I buy mine by the box at Walmart in the cleaning supplies aisle)
Acrylic Craft Paints (in the video, I used DecoArt Crafters Acrylic White + Craft Smart Vanilla (for the off white), Americana Ultramarine Blue + Apple Barrel Wild Iris + a little bit of Americana Carousel Pink and Delta Ceramcoat Black (for the purple-y blue), and Americana Saffron Yellow + Apple Barrel Wild Iris (for the mustard yellow))
Floetrol (I used a ratio of 1:1 Floetrol to paint, but if you have a thicker paint, you might want to go to 60/40 Floetrol to paint or add a little bit of water to thin things out to a good consistency)
Plastic Cups (to hold the paint / pouring medium mixture – you can use any small plastic cups for this, or you can save yogurt containers or even plastic cat food containers and use those)
Wood Craft Sticks (to stir the paint / pouring medium mixture – I picked up a package of 100 for $1.00 at the dollar store, and once the paint is completely dry on them, you can reuse them)
Artist’s Loft Brand 12 x 12 Inch Canvas (Michael’s brand)
Plastic Shot Glasses (to raise the canvas off of the work surface so the paint can flow off the edges after you pour – I bought a package of 24 plastic shot glasses for $1.00 at the dollar store, but you can use food service containers, plastic yogurt containers, cat food containers, or even a small box under the canvas)
Spot On 100% Silicone Treadmill Belt Lubricant to create cells in acrylic pour paintings. I used about 20 drops / 1/8 teaspoon to about 3 Tablespoons of the Floetrol/paint mixture.