Paint Pouring Basics
Instructor: Jessi Sites
June 26th 11-1:00 p.m. ONLINE
**students provided zoom link after registration for workshop**
Course Description: In this course we will learn how to mix, layer and pour acrylic paint and explore 2 basic techniques to create beautiful, abstract paintings. No prior painting experience is required. We will discuss how to get the proper consistency of paint which is key for good results as well as introduce paint density and how that gives us unique and stunning effects. We will also touch on the drying process, curing time and how to seal paintings. Additionally we will talk about how to make this hobby as environmentally friendly as possible.
Bio: Jessi Sites is a lifer when it comes to creating. She has followed her nose to dabble in oil painting, resin, cement molds, woodworking, furniture refinishing and plaster sculpture. During the slow days of Covid a friend said “have you seen this paint pouring thing?” She scoffed at yet another project but watched a few videos and was hooked. She finds the process meditative and loves the unpredictable results that would be impossible to achieve with any other method. She teaches in person classes and sells paintings and does commission work.
Paint: Any acrylic paint (including house paint) will work. It is important to avoid oil or Tempera (finger) paint. Ideally students will have at least 4 colors plus white. White is important to create contrast. The $2 craft paint from Michaels or JoAnn’s is a great way to start. Adding a metallic paint to your pallet will help with creating an interesting painting. You can also use any acrylic tube paint you may have on hand we will just add more medium to it to get the right consistency. Dollar Tree Acrylic paint also works great – just make sure you are getting Acrylic, not Tempera.
Medium: We use this for mixing the paint so we get it to the right consistency. First choice would be Flood Floetrol found at Home Depot or a paint store like Benjamin Moore. Second choice would be white school glue. Lastly, if don’t have a medium you can use water.
Mixing cups: One mixing cup per color plus an extra cup to layer your paint and pour from.
Stir sticks: Popsicle sticks work great but you can also use disposable utensils.
Canvas: Stretched canvas (on a wood frame) is ideal, student quality is fine. Michaels sells 10 packs of 8×10 for $10. Start with small canvas first – 8×10 or 10×10 to start until you learn the feel of the paint. Canvas boards are less expensive but not recommended as they will warp when they dry.
Tray: A tray or surface to catch your extra paint to help with mess. Dollar Tree is a great place to find something like this.