I’ve mentioned acrylic pouring several times in the past. When I first saw colorful pourings on-line, I was excited and eager to try this art-form for myself. I could see at once — to be blunt here — that little, if any, artistic talent was involved. Anyone could do an acrylic pouring and have it turn out looking good.
Now, I’m willing to admit that the “anyone can do it” concept is open to argument, at least the “no talent required” part, and if you wish to discuss it in the comments, please share your thoughts.
In spite of my immediate interest in and excitement for acrylic pouring all those years ago, I didn’t do it. Why not? Maybe there was a part of me that expected that somehow I’d be the one person who couldn’t do acrylic pouring and have it turn out right, that maybe I’d discover that I wasn’t even artistic enough to do a “no talent required” form of art, so maybe it was easier just not to try it at all.
Now, there’s a reason for explaining all of this, but I won’t go there today. Maybe in another post I’ll share more of my thoughts and feelings and the reason behind my doubts, but for today, let’s move on.
Or, actually, let’s move back in time. In August, 2018, I wrote about my interest in acrylic pouring. By that point, it sounded fun, and I think I had worked up courage enough to try. But, again, I didn’t do it. Too many other things to do.
Fast-forward to August, 2019, not quite a year ago. I wrote a post announcing my intention to do an acrylic pouring. I talked to my daughters and grand-daughters about it. Everyone wanted to try it, but the logistics of setting a date when everyone could make it to the pouring party proved impossible. The idea languished and finally fell dead by the wayside.
Now, — as I write this — it’s June, 2020, and I have finally done my first acrylic pouring. One of our art clubs hosted an acrylic pouring workshop for beginners, so I happily signed up. The workshop was held on a Thursday evening.
As workshops go, this was a good one. All supplies were furnished, including pizza boxes for us to carry our finished pourings home in. The instructor was knowledgeable, and her directions were clear and concise.
I think everyone enjoyed the workshop, and I think everyone was fairly happy with their creations. We each did a small tile and then a 10 x 10 square canvas.
Here’s the up-close look at the detail from my 10 x 10 pouring:
At the end of the evening, we packed up our pieces, carried our pizza boxes out, and agreed we’d all enjoyed the experience. I’d driven my “bigger” sports car — which still isn’t too big — and unfortunately I didn’t have any place to set a pizza box flat on the floor.
Oh, dear. I had a 30-minute drive back to Harrisonville, and I knew that once I got home my acrylic pouring was probably going to look a lot different. It did.
Here’s what my husband saw:
Yes, my imaginative dragon had gone slip-sliding away, leaving behind what might faintly resemble a few fish swimming in an ocean of acrylic.
In all, it was a fitting ending to a day that had not gone well, a day that left me questioning myself as an artist. But, again, let’s not go there right now. Instead, let’s look ahead to my future plans for acrylic pouring.
Yes, I want to do it again. No, it’s not going to ever be something I love doing — in so many ways, acrylics and I just don’t get along — but I went out this morning and did a little “art shopping”. Somehow I came home with more acrylic paints, a pouring medium — not sure what it’s called — and a few other necessary supplies for acrylic pouring. I have a little project in mind, plus I think it will be fun to do a bit of pouring with friends and family. One grand-daughter has already become quite accomplished at the art of pouring, if, indeed, it can be called an art.
Without doubt there are elements of art and design involved, and maybe we can talk about those another time. For now, I’m going set my pourings aside and wait for them to dry. In about three weeks, according to the instructor — they’ll be ready to seal.
So, who else has done acrylic pouring? Please share your experiences!