I have been playing with paint effects for many moons and am very taken with the Acrylic Pouring technique. There are loads of YouTube videos to watch if you fancy.
However – when I did quite a few last autumn, I wasn’t the most popular person in the house ….. it has to be said that despite it being huge fun to play – the mess is pretty intense. The table was well covered with a plastic sheet and I deliberately played in the kitchen as we have a laminate floor. HOWEVER, two chair cushions, one shirt, and quite a lot of cleaning up of floor, sink and flip top bin created a few growly moments! Not to forget the large number of disposable gloves I waded through (I have many, many boxes of them from when my parents needed help).
If you are not put off by my messiness, then we have a lovely selection of pouring acrylic paints and accessories here on the website.
So I came up with this idea – the effect of acrylic pours but in a printed format. I made about 30 or 40 paintings and then we had them professionally photographed and printed onto our usual high quality satin finish cardmaking pad paper. I did some on canvas and you can see the texture coming through and some on Tim Holtz Yupo paper for a change.
This card was one of the demonstrations I did last week on Create and Craft – I think it was Friday’s show.
I was thrilled that the faux pour pads sold so well. It’s always gratifying when you really love a product and the sales fly to match your hopes!
The centrepiece of the card is created using the Long Stemmed Rose and the Gypsophila dies and the Hello is a Sue Wilson die. You could make a similar design by doing three strips or four circles – just whatever shape takes your fancy. Here I took one sheet of the faux pour paper (interesting how different the four pieces look despite coming from the same sheet) – anyway I took four pieces and then matted and layered them onto pink mirror card and then some silver.
One tip is when you come to place the four pieces on your card blank, you might like to use something like Pinflair glue gel that gives you time to move the squares slightly to ensure they are completely aligned. I used 2mm foam tape and add its instant grab to the pressure of being on TV I am amazed that I got the squares close to where I wanted them!
There’s so much you can do with these sheets – yes of course card making but also use them like original artwork – you can add glitter to make a geode, pens and stamping to add a special touch, make a clock, frame a sheet, cover a notebook, top with some glaze and just hang on the wall like a canvas. Have fun and no mess!