Not everyone is a master painter but today we are going to take a look at how to create an Acrylic Drip painting that will get everyone talking about your painting skills. This is an easy project that just about anyone can do and the final piece will have your friends and family in awe.
The goal for this project is to allow anyone to make a beautiful piece of art work whether it be for a friend or to bring that special twist to a room.
Estimated time for this project is (30min) of prep work, (15min) of actual painting and (3days) for ample dry time.
Let's get started!
Step 1: Materials
- At least 3 canvas (square shaped and various sizes)
- 3 or more different colored paint (the more the merrier)
- A hot glue gun
- 1 Disposable cup for EACH color paint
- 1 Stir stick for EACH color paint
- Ruler or measuring tape
- GOOD VIBES
Step 2: Prepare the Canvas
Once you have gathered all of the materials needed for this project you are going to assemble your stacked canvas.
Starting with your largest canvas on the bottom you will arrange the following canvas in descending order until you get the desired pyramid shape you are going for.
Use the measuring tape and make sure each canvas is in the center of the previous. This will give you a cleaner drip affect during the final steps so be sure to be as accurate as possible. (this is why we want to use square shaped canvas)
Once they are stacked use any pen or pencil and mark all four corners of each canvas so you know where to set them when we assemble them together.
Step 3: Glue Time!
Now that we have our canvas ready and marked it is time to glue them together. Start with the second to largest canvas and apply dots of hot glue to all four corners. Place the canvas on the largest canvas back to where we made the marks in the previous step.
Continue to repeat until all of your canvas is stacked on top of one another. (DO NOT press on your canvas because we do not want it stretching)
Once you have all your canvas stacked and re-assembled you will want to apply hot glue around the edging of each canvas. This will ensure that they stay together and do not fall apart. Do not worry about being perfect and precise when doing this because it will all be covered up when we are finished.
Step 4: Prepare the Paint
Now that we have our canvas assembled and ready it is time to prepare the paint.
For this particular project I used the entire tube of each paint and depending on the size of the piece you are doing it could take more or less. The largest canvas that I used was a 20in x 20in to give you an idea on how much paint is actually needed.
Mix the paint with water 2/3 paint to 1/3 water is the ideal mixture of the two. You will want to stir this blend thoroughly so that the paint and water mix well together giving you a semi fluid consistency.
NOTE - you will want to make sure to do the same mixture for all of the colors. Any paint that is more fluid like then the other will "run" and ruin your final product.
This is probably the most important step so be sure to take your time and make sure each color is the same consistency.
When you are finished your paint should slowly drip off of your stir stick but not be running as shown in the picture I have provided.
Step 5: Time to Pour
Time for the magic to begin!
Find yourself a piece of cardboard that is bigger then your largest painting so that we do not make a mess.
You will want to do this step somewhere you can leave the painting for several days without moving because the paint will be wet and you do not want to ruin your master piece by trying to move it while still wet.
Consider an order in which you want to pour. In my case I started with the lightest color green and worked my way to the darkest color green.
You will want to keep consistent with this pattern when you are pouring but obviously not totally necessary.
We are going to pour from the center of the top canvas and continue to pour in that same spot will all the different colors.
NOTE - The center of your pour will begin to move as you pour more paint so do not get to worked up about it and try your best to continue pouring in the same spot.
It does not matter how much paint you pour each step and is all up to your discretion but try and keep the same size pour for each color.
Once you are coming to the end of your paint you will want to make each pour smaller and smaller otherwise you will get a nice big blob of paint as your center point when you are finished.
Most importantly HAVE FUN!
Step 6: Let Dry
After you have poured all your paint you have your final piece.
The paint is very thick and very wet so you need to allow at least 3 days to dry before attempting to set the painting in the upright position for hanging.
The first couple of hours after pouring, the paint will slowly move and fill out more of the canvas so be sure not to move the painting so that it can set properly.
There you have it! You have completed your first Acrylic Drip painting and now a master painter!