Acrylic Pours Filled with Secrets

This painting was created in two sessions. The background first ( flip cup acrylic pour), and the foreground trees second. I was inspired by the snow swirl effect in the background, that makes me think of a mythical creature. Almost ominous, or protective spirit, you decide.

One of the things that attracted me to the acrylic pouring experience was how much the paints speak, revealing little secrets. There are many different approaches to the process  each with results that almost always impress me with hidden images. For the trees in the foreground of this painting I used a straw blowing technique, which I explain in the Youtube link.  For the trees I used: a dark and light blue, dark and light green and the white. Dripping small puddles of paint together and gently blowing with a straw to create pine tree branch shapes with snow on them. A little manipulation of the paint to move it in the direction I felt looked like a tree. Finally I dripped some white and a little blue to make the snow in the foreground, then spread it gently with a pallet knife. I will be adding some blog posts in the future that will have steps with photos to guide through the acrylic pouring process. Please take the time to comment and let me know what you would like to know about how its done.

Another pour that I saw so many images in, and so appropriate to the season. This is a set of 4 coasters painted on 4×4 tiles. The background is a solid green then using a flip and drag technique on top with Purple, yellow and orange as the cup colors. I see a ghost in the third tile from the left and a pumpkin in a field in the first,  many other little ghostly images all around crying Happy Halloween. Can you see what I see.
“Dueling Dragons”. These dragons just appeared  like magic with a flip  and drag of my cup of colors.

A Dragon image magically  appeared with this flip cup. The paint process just amazes me. Can you see the smiling dragon. The images just appear before your eyes. I like to call it my magic painting experience. There will not always be animals or spirits appearing before you eyes. But most definitely there will be some excitement that makes it worth your invested time.

The mixture, if you would like to try for yourself is; 1 part craft style acrylic paint to 2 parts fluid medium ( Floetrol, School glue or other acrylic medium). If you are using a thicker tube type you will need a 3 to 1 ratio. So when the paint is stirred it flows off the stick like honey, piling like wet sand when it settles .


Live Painting Tutorial


I have been practicing making tutorials for about a year now. Many people have seen my art and the way I approach Acrylic Pouring. Asking me to make a video to share my process. I see acrylic pouring more as a form of art than a crafty approach to painting. By giving the paint freedom to “do its own thing” we as artists are freed up to concentrate on the final product. As a traditional painter I always fell short especially with backgrounds. But honestly my process is a blog for another day.

What I would like to talk to you about today is the actual video process. More specifically, the fear involved. There are many avenues available to present your tutorials. Youtube is, I think, the most recognized. They offer candy,  and make their form of video posting more appealing. Not literal candy but we have all heard of the video gone viral. There are other ways to post your videos, as I am doing now, prime example. This post will probably not receive as many views posted here as it would on Youtube. I do plan to work hard to gain many followers and soon change that fact though.

This video was created LIVE on Facebook. My caps are to indicate that recording live is quite scary. You can prepare and plan as much as you like and still make unheard of mistakes. After creating the video I am almost ready to say that it was actually an easier way to go. There is not as much time to let the fear take over , and its easier to overlook your mistakes when you have the live effect to blame.  I have been posting on Youtube for over 6 months with only 3 posted.  With all the variables in video creation, stress, content, funds, editing, and lighting, it is so easy to become a forever procrastinator.

There is actually video making abilities on the Word Press site too, this I have not yet explored but I will! Then there is the need to build up your following on both ends. All these things do cause stress, but I must say I am enjoying the ride. If you too are in my boat please like and subscribe to my page. I would love to hear from you. We may be able to help each other jump some hurdles.

I’m sure there are even more available than I have mentioned here and more to come. Money to be made in the process, I enjoy making them so my thought for the day is, be determined and believe in your plan, learn your facts and you will go far.

Today there are videos, and video makers all around us. Honestly I am really thankful for all the new Pouring video viral trend, otherwise I wouldn’t feel so excited about all that can be done with it. So please take a minute to watch my live video and maybe you too will be the next viral video maker.

Please watch and ENJOY

Floral Dreams

“This is how I Dream”

I usually don’t remember my dreams, but if I did I believe this is just what they would look like.  My love for flowers really blooms with  acrylic pouring.  As we walk through life there are memories we would love to keep for ever, and yet many of them fade away. I like to think that though the detail may fade, my dreams will always be filled with flowers like these.

I purposefully kept these flowers abstract. So that the viewer could use their imagination and decide what flowers they see. Maybe your favorite flower is there in the corner. Or you to had flower dreams last night too.

For this painting I used my famous straw blowing technique. Acrylic Pouring is very exciting, there seem to be endless new techniques to try.  If you would like to learn how and see some of my painting in action. Please take the time to visit my Youtube  channel where I have fun creating with Acrylic Pours and share some fun techniques. I try to post often so you wont get bored.  Dodies Youtube  

If you love flowers and painting them please comment below and share your floral dreams with me. Would you like to see a painting tutorial blog post. Lets talk about your questions on the subject of Acrylic Pouring and Fluid Painting.

Copyright Infringement

Hello friends and fans. I am sad to report that I was recently in a situation that was as close to infringement as I ever want to get. I’m a member of an amazing group on Facebook where we learn and share ideas about Acrylic pouring. I decided to try to do a series of 4 season clocks similar to one of my first acrylic pour paintings of Fall leaves looking up from the forest floor.

I posted the summer trees circle in the group and was excited with the responses. Only to wake in the am to find a message telling me that another artist had posted my painting alongside hers stating that “she must be a good artist cos someone tried to copy her work”.

Well not only did I not copy her art, but if there were a forgery it would be hers. I had actually never heard of her before this accusation The fact that she posted my work, disrespectfully I might add, gives me much room for legal revenge.

I will say that I do not have intention to pursue any revenge at this time. But would appreciate an apology.

For all artists who follow my blog I hope you see this as a warning keep your eyes pealed some artists may not be as respectful of others as you are. Copyright infringement can come in different ways. Not just a copying but posting your work without permission and proceeding to falsely accuse is a big No No in the art world.

Hope you enjoy my summer forest looking up painting. And if you would like to attempt to create one similar I would love to share some tips.

Please share if you have ever encountered a similar issue. Have an Awesome Day!