Flow Art ; Abstract Art for the Novice

You've probably heard of flow art, pour art, fluid art or even a dirty pour by now.

This method of painting has become increasingly popular mainly because, just about anybody can do it if you're willing to get a little messy.

Flow art inspires our imaginations with the movement and flow of color. No two paintings are ever alike. Mixing and pouring is simple enough, and a fun part of the technique. We've been brushing the dust off our canvases that have been waiting patiently for our splash of color. Now we're all hooked.

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Acrylic paint is the main ingredient in your pour mixture. Then comes the medium that will bring the "flow" to your paint. A pouring medium thins the paint out enough without the paint losing it's vibrancy and color. Don't use water or glue to do this! Your pouring medium needs to be specifically formulated for this job.

Some flow art paintings have an effect called "cells". Cells are formed using silicone. Silicone is a clear oil that will not mix with your paint - like "oil and water", right? The silicone will rise to the top of your painting, up through the different layers of color. Watching the cells form in this method of abstract art can be extremely beautiful, magical, and highly addictive. If you haven't yet, you should really try it.

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