DENVER — About a year ago, I began experimenting with fluid art painting as a fun and easy way to get creative and stretch my artistic ability. I stumbled upon several Pinterest and YouTube links that led me down paths of unique techniques, color combinations and materials to use. Since that first splash of paint hit the canvas, I’ve been hooked! Being able to share my love of bold, eye-catching and sometimes unusual color combinations on Colorado and Company has been incredibly fulfilling and your feedback has been a big part of why I keep painting.
In this video, you’ll meet Jason Reudy, the Home Loan Arranger, and watch as we use his bold personality to bring out his wild color scheme! We’ve also painted with Nick Tvrdik, owner of Aria Integrative Health and LoHi Lipo Laser Clinic.
Here’s what you’ll need to get started:
A plastic or canvas drop cloth to protect your floor.
A canvas (you can even pour your paint over an old canvas you don’t need anymore!)
5-10 cups to mix and pour your paint
Stir sticks (sometimes I use silverware at home because the paint washes off with soap and water)
Acrylic paint (any level works, from kid’s acrylic paint all the way up to professional quality)
Floetrol- painting additive that reduces brush and roller marks. You can find it at your local hardware store, I haven’t found it at many art stores yet… so if you want to order it online, everything is on Amazon.
- Start by choosing the colors you’d like to combine for your painting, I usually stick to five colors at the most. Earth tones, ocean and sunset colors all tend to work well together, but it’s up to you! There are no rules when it comes to fluid art painting.
- Depending on how much canvas you want to cover, mix one color of your paint with a few tablespoons of water and a few tablespoons of Floetrol (if you choose to add this, but it’s not required). Mix each color individually in separate cups. You want the consistency of the mixture to be like cheap maple syrup. Basically you want the paint to flow across the canvas but not run off the canvas.
- After all your colors are mixed to your liking, begin pouring each color right into one main cup you’ll pour from. Don’t worry, it won’t combine into a muddy mess, as long as it’s not too watered down.
- On your drop cloth, place the canvas in the middle and literally pour the paint from the cup you just created in whatever pattern you choose! Tilt the canvas, add more paint (repeating steps 1-3 again for each cup you pour) until as much of the canvas is covered as you’d like!
- Let the painting dry flat for at least 24-48 hours. Don’t be tempted to move it early… I’ve learned from that mistake, so take my advice!
- Once your painting is complete, tag us in a photo using #BeOnCoCo or send us a photo at MyCoCo@9news.com.
If you’re interested, you can follow my art and adventures on Instagram at @ameliaroseearhart.
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