I’m Going to Do It

Since I’m now playing my way through Your Year in Art by Chelsea Ward, I thought it might be interesting to go backward in time and see where I’ve been during the last year. I was absent from the art world for quite some time, taking a bit of a hiatus (I love that word and still remember the day I learned it as a child) from January through July, so my most recent year in art really only extends from August through December.

It was an eventful time. I worked on improving my drawing, made it all the way through  Inktober, took part in my first two art shows, and won an award for one of my paintings. I explored impressionism, tried doing a bit of abstract art, and read a lot about the principles of design.

But what, precisely, was I doing a year ago? Out of curiosity, I searched the blog to find the post I’d made a year ago. I’m writing this post on Wednesday morning, by the way. It’s August 7, 2019. What was happening in my art world, I wondered, back on August 7, 2018?

I found the post and smiled a little, remembering how I was “Playing with Paint” back then, using acrylics to make a few abstract paintings. What caught my attention, though, had nothing to do with those abstract paintings. It was the mention I made of acrylic pouring.

Acrylic Pouring

I wanted to try it then. I still want to try it now. In fact, only recently I browsed the web a bit in search of basic, beginner’s information on how to get started with acrylic pouring. Not only did I search around, I signed up for a bit of free information, so my inbox has recently been filling up with tips, tricks, and secrets for acrylic pourings.

But, I still haven’t tried it.

I’m going to change that now, and next year when I look back at my year in art I’ll be able to include acrylic pouring on the list of things I’ve done. I’m even thinking of inviting the grown-up grandchildren over for a little acrylic pouring party. Doesn’t that sound like fun! Yes, I’m going to do it.

So, I’m open for advice and suggestions from anyone who’s done this! It’s one thing to read about the process from emails; it’s another thing to hear from friends. Please share your experiences!


  1. While I did work with acrylic years back, I almost always used a brush. This acrylic pouring sounds interesting. Is it more for abstract works?

    Do it! Do it! Do it!

    Good luck, and have fun.

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    1. Yes, it’s definitely a form of abstract art, with the artist having little or no control over the finished painting. There are several different pouring methods, I’ve learned, and each one produces slightly different effects. Acrylic pouring has always fascinated me, so, yes, I’m going to do it. Two daughters, two granddaughters, and a friend are interested in trying it too, so we’re planning a pouring party for the near future. I’ll be sure to post about it. 🙂

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  2. I don’t really have any advice as I have never tried this. I have looked at some youtubes and the thing that puts me off is the mess. I know, it’s sad isn’t it. It’s the reason I stick with watercolour. I find it more controllable and in my limited studio space that is important. Look forward to seeing some of your pours.

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    1. Oh, I know. I’m a little concerned about the mess, too, so I’m thinking about trying to set up our “pouring party” outside. We might end up with a bug or two in the paintings though LOL. I have a very limited art space — a corner of our kitchen — and cleaning up my mess each day is one of those have-to-do chores that isn’t really fun. But, we do what we can, and we work with whatever we’ve got, right?


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