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1/18/19

Acrylic Flo Dirty Pour Painting on Serving Tray with Resin DIY

Using shades of blue paint to pour swirls and cells on a round bamboo serving tray, coated in high gloss resin.
Acrylic Flo Dirty Pour Painting on Serving Tray with Resin DIY

Have you seen the latest painting trend?  Acrylic pours are one of the most satisfying forms of art and creativity.  It's a surprise every pour!  You can't plan too much how it will turn out...it's like cracking open a geode.  I have done a lot of research and will try to walk the very beginner through this process.  If you have questions, please email me and I will help you.  Many acrylic pours are done on canvas with the excess paint rolling off the edges.  By pouring this in the tray, we are expecting it to work out perfectly without excess paint.

Here's some Paint Pouring Tips:

* Do not rush
* Mix more paint than needed
* Do not over mix, scrape or tip
* Get everything you need set up before beginning
*Do not overwork the pour

Supplies Needed: 

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10 colors of Apple Barrel Acrylic Paint
1 Round Serving Tray (12") or 1 12x12 Stretched Canvas or MDF Board
Floetrol
Treadmill Silicone Lubricant
10 small disposable plastic cups, stirring sticks, disposable work surface, 1 large cup
Water
High Gloss Resin

Here's a video of the process to help it make sense:


Begin by painting the surface of the tray or canvas.  I picked a black base, but it most likely will not show.
Pour 3/4 ounce of Floetrol in each small cup.
Add a pea sized drop or 2 of Apple Barrel Acrylic Paint into the Floetrol.  Take some time to research and consider colors.  If you know me, I work in all blues--always!  I love blue!  Pick colors that work together.  Reds are hard to work with, especially if adding white because parts will mix into an unsettling pink shade.  You may experiment with metallic paint, although some has been known to clump instead of mix well with the Floetrol.  If the product does not turn out as desired, scrape off the paint, let it dry and do it again!
Stir each cup with a stirring stick.  Then drop 2 small drops of silicone lubricant into each cup.  This will help form the unique cells in the finished piece.  Drop 3-5 drops of water into each cup as well.  The paint should be the consistency of warm honey.  It needs to pour, but not just run everywhere and mix together.
Then pour the smaller colors one at a time into a larger cup, forming a sort of "bullseye" pattern.  Alternate lighter and darker shades of paint.
 If you are pouring on canvas, fill the entire cup...you do not want to run out on the pour.  For the tray, however, there will be no run off...so we only need about 4-5 ounces of paint in the cup.
Then pour the paint right into the tray in a squiggle pattern.  If working on a canvas, place a big garbage bag on the table with 4 cups on it.  Set the canvas on the cups for the pour.  The extra paint will glide off the canvas and onto the garbage bag, creating "skins", which can be used for other projects.
Lift up the tray and tilt the paint around until the paint has filled in all the base.  Do not overwork it.  Use a butane torch or heat gun to release any bubbles that may be forming...this causes additional "cells" to be brought to the surface.
Set inside a box and close it up.  Set it on a level surface and let it dry slowly for about 3 weeks!  It needs to dry and cure. 
Once it has dried, it is matte and dull...and a little textured.  Use a dishcloth with warm water and some dawn dish soap to wipe down the paint, removing the silicone lubricant.  Do not scrub or rub hard.
Set it back inside the box and mix up some resin.
Read the package directions carefully.  Mix up 4 ounces of resin (for a 1 square foot project).  Do the 2 part mixing phases and pour the resin onto the tray.  Wait 20 minutes, then use a heat gun to pop any bubbles that have formed.  Then close up the box and let it cure for a week or 2.
Upon removal, your paint pour will be stunning!  Shiny and vibrant!  All those paint swirls and cells will come to life.
And you will be utterly addicted to paint pouring!
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