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My Variation of the Sheelee Art Bloom Technique

Hi 👋🏼! I have been learning about Bloom pours for a while now, and I am excited to share with you a little bit of information on how you can take the same class I took to learn this technique AND if you use this code at checkout, sheleeart15DHA, you will receive a 15% discount! How cool is that!!!

An amazing BONUS with this class is the Bloom Pour Facebook Community you will be invited into. I have learned so much from this super friendly group, and I know you will love them! Beginners to advanced artists are included, along with artists worldwide working together to help each other learn Bloom Pours.

I had some extra paint I mixed up that I needed to use, so I decided to create two art pieces using the Bloom pour technique, but a different variation that I have been playing around with.

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I used semi-gloss white house paint for my base pillow layer for this design.
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Instead of using house paint as my base pillow layer for this design, I used my “dump pot” of acrylic white paint mixed with Floetrol, glue, glycerin, silicone, and all sorts of stuff!.

SUPPLIES I USED for the Bloom Pour

MIXING MY PAINTS FOR THE SHEELEE ART BLOOM POUR TECHNIQUE

Pouring Medium
2-parts untinted base paint
1-part Jo Sonja gloss varnish

Mix Color
2 big scoops of pigment powder and use retarder or Jo Sonja gloss varnish to wet down.
Mix 1-part wet pigment powder to 2-parts pouring medium. Add splash water, if needed, to thin.

Pillow Paint (base paint layer):
Semi-gloss house paint

Cell Activator for the Bloom Pour:
Black acrylic paint and water. Mix until it is thinner than pigment powder paints, dripping thinly off of the stick

A WORD ABOUT THIS BLOOM POUR TECHNIQUE: I have found (along with several other people) that producing the same results as another person is often challenging with this technique. How the paints are mixed, the slight variance with consistency and the difference in products are just examples that can create differences in results. I hight encourage you to take the same class I took, AND if you use this code at checkout, sheleeart15DHA, you will receive a 15% discount! The Facebook group you will be invited to provides PRICELESS support and information on succeeding in this technique.

Bloom Pour

MY BLOOM POUR TECHNIQUE, Step-by-Step, along with some BLOOPER information!

I start by placing my 8″x10″ canvas on my spinner, AKA rotating cake stand. I am reusing a canvas with a painting that I was not too fond of the result. One of the bloopers in my video is that I did not make sure that my spinner was level. You will see my paint slowly move to the left of my canvas, and I turn my canvas to help balance out the paint.

I pour my base pillow paint into the center of the canvas. This is a thicker paint, and it makes a nice “pillow” for my colored paints to sit on. Next, I start layering small amounts of colored paint in the base pillow paint center. Another blooper in my video is using WAY too much paint! I was so excited to use my excess paint I didn’t paint attention… watch for the mess to follow, lol!

Once my colored paints are layered, I blow the canvas’s center out towards the edges. You will see the paint blow everywhere in the video once my head moves. Believe it or not, the way you blow the paint affects how the bloom is created!

Let the paint rest for a few moments, and the SPIN! For some reason, I placed my canvas on Dixie cups instead of directly on the spinner. When I started to spin, my canvas fell off the spinner, but I could catch it quickly. Another blooper!

Continue spinning until your design opens up. If you need help covering the edges or corners, add a small amount of paint. If you desire, you can try to tilt your canvas but be mindful not to stretch your design or over-tilt.

FINISHING AND SEALING

I like to use Rust-Oleum Gloss Crystal Clear Enamel to seal my acrylic paint pour masterpieces: https://amzn.to/3bXrS2O (This can also be purchased at Craft Stores, Home Depot, Lowes, and Ace Hardware.)

I love how this lightweight product provides a glossy finish to my paintings. In this video, I am outside in my backyard in Tucson, AZ. I do recommend you spray outside because of the fumes and overspray. If you have to be indoors when you spray, please follow the safety precautions listed on the bottle and be safe!

What do you think of this Bloom Pour project? LET ME KNOW!

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