Want to learn the pouring technique in the privacy of your own home? Jen will come to you!
In this one-day workshop you will learn two different pouring techniques and everything you need to get started pouring on your own.
Class size from 4- 10 adults (age 10 and older).
Each student takes home two finished canvases.
All supplies are included.
Available in all of San Diego county.
Email Jengineered@gmail.com for pricing and availability.
Our acrylic pouring class provides a lot of what is needed to get started with. However, because everyone's style is different it's best if you provide your own paints. I recommend cheaper, more fluid paints and Sargent brand is one of my favorites.
You can use any type of convas, art panel, or wooden artist board that you like. When starting, I highly recommend starting small and having multiple sizes to choose from.
This type of painting is very messy and you will need something to transport your wet art home with you. To do this, you can use a plastic-lined cardboard box, or tray. However, I find it much easier to use a plastic bin with a lid. There are many places to find them, but if you're short on time, here is a good sized one on Amazon.
Because this type of art is messy it's important to wear clothes that you don't mind getting paint on. It also helps to put something down to collect the excess paint that drips off your canvas. For this I often use advertising mailers or old newspapers.
Gloves are very useful to help with the clean up process, and protect your nails or hands from looking a mess. Any type will work, but this is what I use.
There are many pouring mediums out there. Having tried a few, my favorite is Floetrol. You use a lot of this so I suggest buying in large quantities when you are painting on your own. A gallon can be purchased at Home Depot or Lowes. Alternatively it can be found online but for a slightly higher price due to shipping weight.
I prefer plastic cups so that you can wash and reuse them. Flat walled and shorter are best, but also large enough to hold enough paint.
Popsicle sticks make the best stirrers. They also can be wiped off and reused, but you will be using multiple at once, so get a large pack.
Although silicone is not necessary for cell creation, it helps when you use certain paints together. Always buy 100% silicone.
If you want a complete starter kit with the paint, gloves, cups, stirrers, Floetrol and even canvas (although you'll need a LOT more canvases in addition to this) here is a kit.
You can choose any kind of acrylic paint, and even use different brands and styles of paint when creating art. I am a big fan of Liquitex basic paints as they have a good amount of pigment and are very affordable. It's important to at least have the primary colors - Red, Blue, Yellow, as well as Black and White in your collection.
Paintings can be on any size canvas, however you may want to start small and work your way up. I recommend a few 16'x20" canvases.
Paint brushes come in a myriad of sizes and shapes and choosing which one can be daunting. I will go over the basics in class, but to get started you should have both large and small sizes. Here is a great starter pack.
In painting, you often mix colors in various ways to get different effects. So you will need something large and sturdy to mix on. For this reason I recommend an art panel over traditional palettes. You can sand it down as it gets thick and it doubles as its own art piece after a while.
There is an endless supply of additional items you can use for your art and I'll go over many of these in class. However, I do recommend any artist have some palette knives because they are so versitile.
Additionally, you will need a small cup for water to place your paint brushes in before cleaning them. And as always, wear clothes you don't mind getting paint on.
I've tried quite a few and by far my favorite is Pro Marine resin. It's suitable for bar tops and outside use, and is very resistant to yellowing. It's also simple to use and one of the more affordable options.
You will need to measure the resin exactly each time you use it. So I find these measured cups to be perfect. I can re-use these a few times and don't often run out.
With resin, you go through a lot of stirrers and want something more sturdy than a standard coffee stirrer. Longer is also better so you can reach deep in your cup and these are the perfect size.
Sometimes you need to mask of certain areas of your work so that the resin does not adhere to it. For this you need a sturdy tape that can peel the resin off with it.
To help pop bubbles in the resin before it's cured, a simple Butane blow torch is ideal. It is advised to have a separate torch for your art than for your food, as you will get resin on the handle and don't want to ever have that around food preparation.
The Butane cannot be purchased online, but you can easily get it at any hardware store.
There is something about glitter that makes resin really pop. My favorite is this fine, holographic glitter that goes with almost anything.
To tint your resin with an opaque color, always use 100% Mica powder. There are many different sets available but this is my favorite for variety and brightness of color
To tint your resin with a translucent color, use alcohol inks. This is my favorite set.
You will always need plastic tarps to put down below your pieces, cups or things to elevate your piece from resin drip off, and gloves.
Although this resin has been deemed safe to use and the vapors aren't harmful, they do smell. If you plan to do a lot of work with resin, especially in a closed space or are sensitive to odors, then I recommend picking one of these up. Make sure the respirator is for "organic vapors" and a the correct size for your face. Despite this being deemed "small" I find it fits very well, as you'd rather go smaller with a tight fit than have it be too big.