Art by
Nancy O'Neill

Acrylic pouring is a technique that has gained a lot of popularity in the past several years. Also called "flow art" or "fluid art," acrylic pouring is where acrylic paint is typically mixed with a pouring medium which conditions the paint and helps it become more fluid. Once paints and pouring medium are mixed to the right consistency, they are poured onto the canvas in a variety of ways. There are over three dozen different techniques that artists use to achieve a look and style they're hoping for but artists are always coming up with variations on the techniques or even experimenting with new ones.

Acrylic compounds have a long history going back to the early 1900's but acrylic paints didn't become commercially available until the mid 1950's. Jackson Pollack was one of the first, well-known artists to use a pouring or dripping technique in his art and many artists have followed.

Because acrylic pouring is fluid and has a lot of variables, it's impossible to predict the end result with 100% certainty. This is part of what makes acrylic pour paintings so unique and interesting. No two paintings will ever be the same. If you buy an acrylic pour painting, you can be sure that there will not be another one exactly like it. However, some artists do sell prints or giclees of their original paintings so be sure you know what you're buying.

Acrylic pour painting isn't just for canvases. Many artists pour on ceramic tiles, wood panels, vases, picture frames, glass, and pretty much anything that stands still long enough and doesn't breath. Other by-products are also created from pouring. When the excess paint drips off the canvas and dries on the paper or plastic sheet below, the dried acrylic paint is called a skin. Some of the products that skins are used for are jewelry, embellishments on canvas paintings, nail art, decorative cabochons, and greetings cards which is what I use my skins for.

Acrylic pour paintings take a few days to dry to the touch but can take up to 6 weeks before they're fully cured and ready for varnishing. Some of the factors that have an effect on drying and curing time are temperature, humidity, thickness of paint, and surface type. If you're interested in having me do a commission painting for you, keep in mind that it is not a speedy process. Rushing any part of that could cause long-term issues with the painting.

All of the artwork on this site is done with various techniques using acrylic paints. Many are done by pouring acrylic paints but some also have embellishments that I've done with brushes or other tools.

None of my paintings have titles because everyone sees something different in abstract art but I number and sign each one. However, I usually sign on the back or side instead of the front so the buyer can choose which direction they want to display it.

In addition to selling my art, I also offer workshops and fundraisers. Acrylic pouring makes a fun activity for birthday parties for all ages, anniversary parties, bridal or baby showers, summer camp activities, afterschool programs, and holiday parties, or any event where you're looking for something a little different. This style of painting is also a great option as art therapy or for a creative outlet at company events. If you're looking for a unique fundraising activity, acrylic pouring is something that anyone can do, even if they don't have previous art experience. With a few basic instructions and my short demo, everyone will be able to create a one-of-a-kind piece of art.

If you are located in the Inland Empire area of Southern California and are interested in hosting a workshop or fundraiser, feel free to contact me.

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