Puddle Pouring: Mixed Medium with Shari Carroll

Mixed Medium with Shari Carroll

Hi everyone!! Happy Sunday and most of all… Happy Father’s Day!!!

I’ve been a little obsessed with “paint pouring” lately and thought I’d try Puddle Pouring using Dylusions and Tim Holtz Distress paints. My objective was to create an ocean colored painting.  I was able to achieve a lot of action and cells without the use of silicone.

To start you out, here is a little color instruction. I’ve chosen Cool colors and if you look at the color wheel below, they sit to the right of the orange line. Cool colors have a blue base, think of them as ice and water.

Cool Colors, Shari Carroll, Acrylic Pouring

My canvas is 8×8″. I mixed my paints with IndigoBlu Go Flow and water only. Go flow helps the paint move, water is used to thin out the mixture. I added water to create a buttermilk consistency.  I poured puddles of paint in three main areas and as I went along, I added a few more puddles. I didn’t worry about which color I poured knowing that if they mixed, they would look good together.

Shari Carroll, Acrylic Pouring

Right away as I moved the paint around on the canvas, I got such an amazing amount of action as the paints interacted with each other. The best part of paint pouring is not knowing how it will turn out. Each painting is different.

Shari Carroll, Acrylic Pouring

Once my paint sat on the canvas for about 15 minutes, the white went down to the canvas and the other colors came up to the top. This gave me a real cool sea foam effect. I think it’s quite refreshing!Paint Pouring, Acrylic Pouring, Shari CarrollI filmed a video of the entire process which you can view below or on our YouTube channel HERE.

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Thanks for stopping by. I hope I’ve given you some inspiration to try this technique!

Winsor Newton 8×8 ARTIST CANVAS DEEP…
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IndigoBlu ACRYLIC POURING Alchemy…
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Ranger Dylusions Paint WHITE LINEN…
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Ranger Dylusions Paint PERIWINKLE…
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Tim Holtz Flip Top Distress Paint…
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Tim Holtz Flip Top Distress Paint…
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Tim Holtz Flip Top Distress Paint…
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IndigoBlu ACRYLIC POURING GO FLOW goflow
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IndigoBlu ACRYLIC LACQUER Gloss…
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Ranger Dina Wakley Media Brushes,…
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  1. So cool! I’ll have to share this with some ?Mixed Media friends just in case they didn’t see this!

  2. Wonderful result! Your work is always inspiring…soon I’ll be on vacation and be able to do some of these things! Thanks!

  3. I love this canvas, it’s just so beautiful, I could look at it for hours. I totally agree that I like this method better than the dirty pour as well, not that I’ve done it yet, but it does seem like you have more control over where the colors land, etc. This canvas with the colors you chose came out awesome. I love the fact that you used distress paints and dylusions so showing us how you did yours helps us to use what we have on hand minus the “Go-Flo” . Thanks again for sharing and I can’t wait to try this!!

  4. What a beautiful result! I’m itching to try this technique and it looks like fun to do with your children too.

  5. i have been wanting to do this for a long time. a few questions:
    1. Can you use gesso instead of white paint to start?
    2. Do you see any way this could be achieved on thicker card stock. I just love it as a background.
    3. How can you add a stamp to your finished product.

    1. Hi Bonnie!
      I’ve seen you’ve left me a few questions. I hope you’ll find these answers helpful.
      1. Gesso. Yes, you can use gesso to paint the edges of your canvas.
      2. I haven’t tried this on heavy cardstocks, but I have tried it on Yupo. Yupo is a thin plastic type paper.
      3. Using stamps. If your paint ends up really smooth, you should be able to stamp using a permanent ink like StazOn. I would prefer to stamp and die cut paper and add it to my background.

      Go-Flow is an additive that allows the paint to spread without breaking up. Cell-U-Like is a silicone that creates cells or bubbles. The lacquer is used as a glossy finish once your painting is completely dry.

      I hope that helps!! I wish you success in paint pouring!!

  6. I’ve been wanting to do this for ages and your video made it seem possible and your work is just beautiful! I just love these colors and the way it comes out is magical! Thank you so much!!!

  7. That was amazing! I love how the white in the upper right just disappeared! Wow isn’t even enough. So, I wondered if you can do this on a flat canvas? I’m guessing you would need to push pin it to a backing board to be able to pick it up to move it? Or something like that?

    This was just lovely. Thanks for the tutorial. Might have to try it for my summer challenge. I need a sea background for it…and I’m pretty sure the extra piece of canvas I could just dip in the drippings on the table?

  8. Love the colors you picked. Cool to have the explanation of the white pigment dropping down closer to the canvas. Fun technique I definitely will have to try! Thank you for the inspiration!

  9. WOW!! What an amazing technique. Love the beautiful look of the greens and blues together
    Thanks for the tips.

  10. Love the beautiful project! The colours are beautiful, and the results are stunning and always unique! Very inspiring indeed and would love to try some day!

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