I really can’t get enough of the acrylic pouring, but this time I have added a few extra things to the mix. Honestly I like to combine some of my favorite ideas. With this project I added something I’ve experimented with in the past, and something I have never done before, and both of those came after the paint pour. I guess you could call it the “and more” part of the project.
I’ve never done any leafing before so I am not going to pretend that I knew what I was doing while trying this. I came across the gold and silver leafing at Michael’s and just could NOT resist the urge to buy it and try it. The other aspect of this is the candle. WHHHHHAAATTT a candle!! YEAH! a candle, one I bought at the Halloween store last year because it “bleeds” red and I have waited for so long to have inspiration to use it, and while finally the moment has come to use it. Or burn it… you get it.
What you will need
First off you need to know this gets messy. Not just with the paint pouring but also with the leafing. That stuff will get everywhere and I am still finding little gold and silver flakes all over my room a week later. I did do mine in my room, but I have a big clear storage container I did this in. This is the exact same tub I used in my silicone paint pour. I took that one outside because I was doing more pours at once. This time I was just doing one, so I figured why not just do the pouring inside the tub, to keep myself inside and out of the Texas heat. It was also dark out and mosquitoes are awful.
Everything you will need:
- acrylic paint of your choosing
- Canvas with at least a 3/4 inch edge
- a cup for each paint color you are using
- gold and silver leafing
- Candle stick (melting colors optional)
- exact o (utility) knife
- one small cup to pour paint over, 1 water bottle lid to pour paint over
If you don’t have all these things, they can easily be found at your nearest art supply store. The color melting candles I have found at a store called earth bound and at a Halloween store. Color melting candles are just white candle sticks that have little color pods in them or a color coat on the inside that will start to pour out as the candle burns.
For the cups, I just used Plastic drinking cups that I had in my kitchen. Someone I lived with brought a crap load of plastic reusable cups home from their job, and I turned about 6 of them in to my pour cups. The smaller cup is just an old short glass cup I have used for previous projects.
The canvas needs an edge on it, simply because we are going to cut a place for the candle and stick it in there. You don’t want something flat, because then it won’t hang or lay flat.
The Set Up
If you have read my other articles, you probably have started to understand the basic set up I do. No matter where you create, I always highly recommend being comfortable. That means getting those playlists ready, because we are about to have some fun! Since I used candles in this piece, I lit a few around the room, had my tub, open side up, in front of me while I sat on the edge of my bed. Now my bed is just a mattress on the floor, so this may not work for you. Do whatever you want really, as long as you can contain the mess that is about to occur.
I set my canvas inside the tub, and placed my glass cup upside down where I wanted it, then the same with the bottle cap lid, placing the flat side up. Then you will want to separate your paints into their own cups. I like to just cover the bottom of the cup with paint and slowly add water till you get a good consistency. Be sure that when you are mixing your paint and water that you get any clumps out before you pour. I discovered that when my paint tube is low on paint, it is easier to just twist off the top and add the water straight to the tube. Mix it up some and then pour it back to the pouring cup. I did this a few times to make sure I got all the paint out.
We have our paint ready, our cups placed, and we are ready to pour! That’s all you have to do for now. Just pour your paint right over the cup. I only poured a little over the cap, simply because it is so small it doesn’t take much. All of my colors went over the cup though, and some a couple of times. I wouldn’t pour a paint out fully. Just a little at a time, then switch colors. And keep rotating them. Each color should push the next one out little by little. They will mix a little as you go and that is A-okay.
Once all your colors are poured, you can move the canvas a little to make sure it spreads over the entire surface. After that do NOT touch it for at least 24 hrs. You want the paint to dry before you remove the cup and lid. If you think paint got under the cup and lid, that is what we want to an extent. Again just leave them there for the time being. I get bored while waiting, so I sprinkled some gold and silver leafing over the wet paint and poured a little extra paint over it.
After the paint has dried!
This is the fun part! Now I hope you didn’t wait too long, cause whatever paint fell under the cup and bottle lid, we still want to be wet. Everything else on the canvas should be dry for the most part though, as long as it isn’t still moving around you should be fine. If the paint around the cup has completely dried, and removing the cup or lid is difficult, use your knife to carefully cut around the edges to remove them.
Okay so now the cup and bottle cap should be gone and off the canvas. If you do not have any wet paint under your cup, then I would put just a little around the edges of the circle that should be left by the cup. This is also where the tweezers will come in handy. The leafing will stick to any and everything. It is also really difficult to place it with your fingers.
Personally I filled the area where the bottle cap was with both gold and silver leafing. Sort of splitting it down the middle. When you do the leafing, I found that placing bigger pieces down worked better. The reason for this, is that you can move them into place once they have stuck to the paint, using the tweezers. It was easier for me to adjust them to the right placement without having to worry if it was covered by paint some.
Let’s call it the place and tuck technique. Place it in the general area you want it, then tuck it in some to give it some extra texture and flair. I did not lay them down flat, the leafing does pop up and add a little extra flair, looking almost like a comet.
Now where the cup was, I did the leafing all around the edge, and only took it inside the circle as far as my paint went. You want to make sure you leave some white space in there for your candle though. That is our next step once you have all your leafing placed.
Once your leafing has dried in place it should be safe to move the canvas. This is where you are going to need your knife. I used a carving knife, though it doesn’t really matter, as long as it is sharp and not to thick. All you need to do is make a small x in the white space where your cup was. Then from the underside of the canvas, push the candle up where the x is. You don’t want to push it all the way through, just till the end. You do want to make sure it is far enough up where the canvas can lay flat, but not so far where it will fall over.
The candle may feel a little wobbly at first, but as it melts the wax will spill to the base and hold the candle in place.
I imagine at this point you have figured out that the last thing to do is to burn that candle!
You can manipulate where the wax melts with a lighter. If it is only spilling to one side, hold a lighter to another side at the top of the candle and wait for the wax to drip down that edge.
To get the layered look on the wax, you will want to burn the candle for a bit, then put it out and let it harden, and then light it again later. I took a couple days to burn it slowly, but again, if you do it, do it however you want.
That’s it! After the candle has burnt down, I call it a finished piece. This isn’t my first rodeo with these candle/painting combos. I love doing these simply because it is bringing a new aspect to painting, and adding a 3D effect to them. It is my first time adding the leafing in, which in my opinion made it 10x’s better than before. I will leave the other ones I have done in the past below the finale product photo, and y’all can let me know what you think! I love to get feed back and constructive criticism. Let me know what you think in the comments or what you would’ve done differently, and if you have any ideas you would like to see done, I am always open to trying new things!
This was my first ever attempt.
This was my second attempt. It has fallen apart due to time and cats….mostly cats though.