Acrylic Pour Painting

As I explained to my students, I don’t have a great appreciation for modern art.  A lot of the time I just really don’t get it.  But I do have an appreciation for expressive art – art that tells a story, makes you feel something, shares someone’s unique view of the world.

I have had my eye on acrylic pour painting for a while and thought this would be a great medium for the students to explore expressive art.



We started by talking about how color and lines can convey different moods or feelings.  For example, red may make you feel excited while blue can make you feel cold or calm.  We looked at how different styles of lines can impart different feelings too – jagged lines can make you feel stressed, wavy ones calm and irregular ones can make you feel uncomfortable.


I then had all of the students write their names on a piece of paper and a feeling or mood on the back side.  This was for their information only.  I encouraged them to express that feeling with their art work.


The Steps

Our experimentation with acrylic pouring involved these steps:

First, I mixed up a solution of 1 part acrylic paint (really any cheap paint is fine) and 3 parts pouring medium.  I added a few drops of water so it had the consistency of heavy cream.  For every one cup of this mix, I added 3 drops of silicone.  I wanted to keep the palette limited, so I mixed up a few ocean colors and one color of a transparent gold acrylic to have the effect of sand.  Just for fun, I mixed up a small container of red.


Here are links to the products I used on Amazon:

I also mixed a container of white paint that did not have any silicone added to it!

Second, pour the colored mixtures on a surface.

Add the white paint and gently swipe the white across the surface of the colored paint.

Watch the cells appear!  The less you swipe the better (you will have bigger cells) but the students had a hard time not wanting to play in the liquid paint.

Add marks with a palette knife and lastly you can set the top layer and bring up more cells by using a blow torch (don’t worry parents, the students skipped this part).

Here is a video with a more detailed looked at the process:

Here is some more of the work.  Can you find yours?

Since I had extra paint, my family made a group painting during Thanksgiving.


Grid Drawings – Elementary Art

The oldest Elementary Art students worked super hard on the grid drawings.


We started by talking about the left and right sides of the brain and how the left side performs more logical tasks, such as science and math.  While the right side performs tasks that have do with creativity and  spacial relationships and art.   You can make art using either side of the brain, but it will flow more easily if you let go of the logic and flip on the right side.  To illustrate this, we practiced an upside drawing of a man in a chair.  The idea being to not think about the fact that it is a man, but to think more about the lines and their relationships to each other.

We took this a step farther, and completed grid drawings.


The students picked out smallish (3 x 3 inches) images from books and then using the grid system enlarged and transferred the images to 10 by 10 inch paper.  While doing this they could only see one little square at a time, forcing them to focus on the spatial relationships.


Once the images were drawn, they erased the grid lines and completed their projects based on whatever medium worked best with their images.



These are so impressive!



Unique Christmas Gifts

Stop by the Studio if you are looking for unique, handmade, one of a kind Christmas gifts. These serving trays were influenced by the calmness of water and fluidity of the ocean.


Serving Trays $65

I hand selected the limited edition glass sheet at Bullseye Glass in Portland and then designed the bowls and serving trays.


Serving Bowls $35 each

A very limited number are available and they are definitely one of a kind.


There is also a limited selection of Imperfect Bowls.


Ceramic Bowls starting at $25 each

And a few pieces of jewelry made out of recycled glass pieces.


Necklaces $25 each



Stop by Tuesday and Wednesday 3:00 – 6:30 or email for an appointment.




Amsterdam – by night

Oh how I loved Amsterdam!  The main attraction for me was the Van Gogh museum.  I have been wanting to visit it for a long time and when we were trying to decide what to do with the few extra days at the end of this trip, I said “Van Gogh!”


But I did not realize how much I would fall in love with the city of Amsterdam.


Especially at night.  The lights and the canals, it all twinkled in a perfect harmony.








And how much fun to dine outside.  One of my favorite meals was at Venus & Adonis.