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"Summer Sunflowers" Paint Pour Projects

by: Candy Colwell
June 14, 2018

Hello everyone! I am so excited to share my latest projects for DecoArt’s Mixed Media Blog. These two home décor pieces emerged from one really fun afternoon of playing with one of DecoArt’s newest products lines: Paint Pouring.

Not only did I create a lovely paint poured canvas but I also discovered that the leftover remnants from the pour can also be used in a variety of ways! I got so excited and engrossed with the fun of paint pouring, that I did not get a picture of the finished larger canvas before I finished it out with the sunflower and leaves. But I did manage to get a picture of a smaller canvas that was simply pressed into the remnants of the paint pour. There is so much you can do with these products as this tutorial will show you.

So, let’s get started on this fun experimental journey to what I affectionately call “the Summery Sunflowers.”

Items needed :

  • DecoArt Media Fluid Acrylics - Vermillion Hue
  • DecoArt Media Fluid Acrylics - Primary Yellow
  • DecoArt Media Fluid Acrylics - Titanium White
  • DecoArt Media Fluid Acrylics - Carbon Black
  • DecoArt Media Fluid Acrylics - Blue Green Light
  • DecoArt Media Fluid Acrylics - Green Gold
  • DecoArt Media Antiquing Creams - Raw Umber
  • DecoArt Media Mediums and Specialty Products - Clear Matte Medium
  • DecoArt Media Mediums and Specialty Products - Liquid Glass
  • DecoArt Pouring Medium 16oz - Pouring Medium
  • DecoArt Clear Pouring Topcoat 16oz - Clear Pouring Topcoat
  • Americana Acrylics 2oz - Sea Breeze
  • Americana Decor Chalky Finish Paint 8oz - Whisper
  • Americana Decor Chalky Finish Paint 8oz - Refreshing
  • Americana Decor Chalky Finish Paint 8oz - Everlasting
  • Americana Decor Crackle Medium 8oz - Crackle
  • Americana Decor Varnishes 8oz - Ultra Matte
  • Fran's 6x6 Cling Sunny Sketch
  • Andy Skinner Textures
  • Andy Skinner Shabby Chic
  • Paper cups
  • 5x7 canvas and 3x3 mini canvas for leftovers
  • Craft sticks
  • Tray - to catch paint
  • Paint brushes
  • Gloves
  • Flower punch
  • Black permanent pen
  • Black half pearls
  • Mini dowel rods
  • Scissors
  • Black permanent ink
  • Stamping paper or heavy card stock
  • 5x7 frame

Instructions :

Put on some gloves to make clean up easier. Pour a selection of paints (usually 3 to 4 colors) into individual cups. Add the proper ratio of DecoArt Pouring Medium as advised on the label. I used a 2 parts Pouring Medium to 1 part paint on all of my paints: Vermilion Hue, Primary Yellow, Ivory Pearl, and Sea Breeze. Stir with craft sticks to blend together but do not create air bubbles in the paint. (Because the Ivory Pearl is so translucent, I suggest it be dripped onto the canvas after the other paints have been poured if you want to try it).

After blending all the individual paints in their cups, choose one cup and begin pouring all of the other paints into that cup.

After all the paints have been poured into one cup, place the canvas on top of the cup and turn the cup upside down, holding the cup firmly in place on top of the canvas. Then pull up on the cup and allow the paint to spill out onto the canvas.

Pick up the canvas and move it all around allowing the paint to flow and run all over the canvas and onto the sides. Be sure you are doing this over a tray to catch all of the extra paint. (I added a piece of Parchment Paper on the top of my tray so that I could experiment with using the excess paint for something.) You can also carefully drag a craft stick through the colors to blend them even more as you are allowing the paint to free flow over the canvas.

Set aside the canvas and allow to completely dry. Also, allow the excess paint to completely dry. In this photo, you can see the extra paint that can be lifted and used on other projects. It is a bit rubbery feeling and can be stretched and cut.

While the excess paint was still wet, I pressed a smaller canvas into the paint like a stamp. Here is the result of doing this. You can also press glass or other objects into the wet paint. Once the paint is completely dry, you can simply pour some DecoArt Clear Pouring Topcoat over the canvas. Just as with the paint, move the canvas all around to completely cover it with the topcoat and then set the canvas at a 45-degree angle to let it drain off any excess topcoat and dry completely.

While the canvas and excess paint were drying, I painted a plain 4 inch terra cotta flower pot and disc with a basecoat of DecoArt Americana Decor Chalky Finish in Whisper. Once dry, I added a coat of DecoArt Americana Decor Crackle Medium and let it air dry.

Finally, I added a coat of DecoArt Americana Decor Chalky Finish in Refreshing over the top. The crackling starts almost immediately so you need to work fast and DO NOT overwork the brush on the surface of the pot or you will ruin the crackling effect in that area. Once dry, I added some DecoArt Media Antiquing Cream in Raw Umber to give a lovely aged effect. In the inset, you will see the flower pot before adding the antiquing cream.

Using a flower punch, I punched several flowers out of the excess dried poured paint. These little flowers will be used to decorate my flower pot.

Lay the flowers onto the surface of the flower pot in a random design. I first brushed some DecoArt Media Matte Medium on the surface of the pot where I wanted to place the flower. Then I pressed the flower in place and brushed over the flower with more Matte Medium to seal it in place.

To complete the look of the flower pot, I used a Permanent Black Ink Pen to doodle around each flower. I added a black half pearl to the center of each flower using DecoArt Media Liquid Glass as a glue. Next, I randomly stamped a lovely script text stamp from Andy Skinner's Textures stamp set randomly on the flower pot using Permanent Black Ink. Using DecoArt Media Fluid Acrylics Carbon Black, I wiped the edges of the flower pot using my finger with the paint to better define its outline. On the flower pot disc, I stamped another of Andy's lovely images, the "Chateau" image from his Shabby Chich stamp set in the center. Again, I defined the edge of the disc using Carbon Black paint and my finger. Finally, I sprayed the pot and the disc to seal them with DecoArt's Americana Matte Sealer.

I brushed a combination of DecoArt Media Fluid Acrylics Primary Yellow and Titanium White onto some heavy cardstock and heat set it. Once dry, I stamped the large sunflower image from Fran's 6x6 Sunny Sketch stamp set several times. Then I heat set it again. I fussy cut the flowers and cut out the centers so I could add my own photos. I also stamped leaves from the same stamp set onto white heavy card stock. Those I painted using DecoArt Media Fluid Acrylics Blue Green Light and Green Gold paints that had been watered down to almost a watercolor consistency.

I painted the long sticks using the Blue Green Light and Green Gold combination. I glued the flowers on the top of the sticks and the leaves onto the sticks with DecoArt Media Liquid Glass. These would be the flowers for my flower pot. The photos are special to me with my grandkids and mother in law.

The frame already had a dark grey finish. So I brushed on a coat of DecoArt Americana Decor Crackle Medium over the frame and let it air dry. Once dry, I added a light coat of DecoArt Americana Decor Chalky Finish in Everlasting exactly as I had done on the flower pot. I LOVE the crackle effect! It happens so quickly! Then I added the paint poured canvas in the center of the frame and another constructed flower to the center of the canvas. This time, the photo is of my granddaughter. The leaves are extended for this frame and glued in place using DecoArt Media Liquid Glass.

These two home decor pieces will now grace my desk. I love the little flower pot and the little punched flowers from the paint pour remnants. They are the perfect compliment to the paint poured canvas background. The flower pot could hold pencils, pens, all sorts of things. It could even be used as a real flower pot with a plant! So, it is not only a cute piece of home decor but useful as well.

I hope that you enjoyed this tutorial and that you're excited about all the possibilities using the new Paint Pouring Products. For more information on the new Paint Pour Product Lines and some wonderful videos, go to decoart.com and check out the new products; 2018 Paint Pouring Program.

Be sure to visit Creativity Is Contagious for more projects and to learn more about Candy Colwell.

Comments

I absolutely loveeeee the pot of flowers, absolutely amazing tutorial Candy, I love it all the precious pictures of your loving family. Absolutely love it sweet friend Hugs Terry xxx

Terry

June 14, 2018

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