Ocean Swipe Acrylic Paint Pouring
I LOVE creating abstract art with my acrylic paint pouring techniques! One of my favorite techniques is the Swipe Paint Pouring Technique. This technique creates beautiful cells easily over layers of paint. When combined with the Dirty Paint Pour or Ribbon Paint Pour techniques, a STUNNING ocean beach scene can be created!
I was asked to create a large canvas ocean beach acrylic paint pouring masterpiece for a friend. I was so excited to work on this! Even though my previous Ocean Swipe Paint Pouring masterpieces have been smaller in size, I thought making a larger version would come easily for me. Below is my journey, and what I learned from my mistakes.
In my first attempt, I forgot to add the silicone and overcompensated with my “fixes”. In my second attempt, I left way too much paint on the canvas, and the entire surface cracked. In this third attempt, I covered the entire canvas (my second attempt) with white paint and let it dry. About an hour after I finished painting, I noticed the previous paint layers pulling up creating a texture that I thought was interesting but unwanted.
My FIRST Attempt at Creating a Large Canvas Acrylic Paint Pouring Ocean Swipe Acrylic Paint Pouring
Have you ever worked on a project that went wrong from the beginning? LOL, I have, and here it is!
In this ocean swipe acrylic paint pouring video, I am sharing the mistakes I made while creating a large canvas ocean beach acrylic paint pouring scene. I was asked to create a large canvas ocean beach acrylic paint pouring masterpiece for a friend. I was so excited to work on this! I have made several smaller versions that I loved, and the thought of making this on a large 24”x36” canvas was exciting.
Here is what went wrong:
✏️I forgot to add the silicone to my colors before I pour the paint onto the canvas. I tried to compensate and spray on the silicone after I poured the paint, but the effect was not the same.
✏️I added too much paint! I always enjoy painting freely, and I often get carried away by adding too much paint. To help you with our projects, I created a paint pouring calculator on my website. It is FREE to use and will help you avoid my mistakes!
✏️I kept fidgeting with the design. Working on a large canvas is different than a smaller canvas. I learned with this project that I need to step away and look at the overall design and not be so picky with the small stuff. I messed up the large design I liked by trying to fix the small things I didn’t like. As I worked on this project, I decided to stop and abandon this session. I tilted the paint off the canvas and let it dry with a thin layer of paint.
Once it dries, I will try this again! Have you ever been frustrated while working on a design? Have things gone so wrong that you tilted the paint off of your canvas so you can try another time again? Let me know if this has happened to you!
My SECOND Attempt at Creating a BEAUTIFUL Ocean Swipe Paint Pouring Large Canvas
My first attempt at a large canvas ocean swipe acrylic paint pouring masterpiece did not go like I wanted so I tilted off the paint and let the canvas completely dry. Now, I am attempting it again… but this time I am remembering to use my silicone oil. I am in LOVE with how this turned out! It almost looks like a waterfall with the water crashing on the sand. What do you think?
When this piece dried, it cracked and crazed over the entire surface… I was so sad! I definitely left too much paint on my canvas and with this being the second layer of paint, the lower layers near the surface had a hard time drying. I created a short result video below (or click here).
My THIRD Attempt at a Large Canvas Ocean Swipe Acrylic Paint Pouring
Welcome to my third attempt at a large canvas ocean swipe acrylic paint pouring masterpiece, lol! In my first attempt, I forgot to add the silicone and overcompensated with my “fixes”. In my second attempt, I left way too much paint on the canvas, and the entire surface cracked.
In this third attempt, I covered the entire canvas with white paint and let it dry. Then, I started on the paint pouring techniques. I LOVE how this turned out but when I checked on it about an hour after I finished, I noticed the dried layers of paint from my previous attempts were starting to pull up… yikes! This did make a cool texture effect but it was not what I was wanting in this project.
I created a short dried result video below (or click here).