We are delighted to help our IVEI community stay up-to-date with the newer trends in art and expand their horizons. And considering that the newest addition is fluid art, we would like our members to explore and master the art form. This abstract art has a simple process and the finished product looks amazing.
So, we thought why not help you? Right?
If fellow artists won’t help each other then who would! *sigh*
In this article, we will try to explain the fluid art process in a few simple steps:
Step 1: You will require a pair of gloves, acrylic paints, acrylic medium, water, small containers, and a blank surface. We have supreme quality mdf products like multipurpose boxes, coasters, placemats, and more. You can choose any of these products for fluid art.
Step 2: Choose a plain surface, gather the materials and prepare your paints to start the process. Add a portion of acrylic medium with the choice of color you want in the small container. We will discuss fluid art techniques in detail, further in the article.
Step 3: After choosing your method of fluid art, pour the color on the blank wooden surface and let it flow naturally. The end result will be fabulous!
Pro-tip: Ensure that the surface you want to paint is raised by placing it on a stable cup or stand. In this way, it will be convenient to lift it and not dirty the back surface of the product.
While this is the basic method for any kind of fluid art, you should also understand the different techniques:
- Dirty Pour Technique
What is the fun of painting if you do not dirty your clothes? Just kidding! Dirty pour technique is not messy at all!
- Gather all the above-mentioned materials.
- Lay a plastic sheet and place the chosen product like a wooden mdf box for painting on it. (plastic sheet is advisable so that the paint does not fall all over)
- Next, in the container pour the colors one by one. As soon as you do so, move your hand from left to right so that you get the desired outcome on the final product.
- You can then start pouring the colors in the cup onto the surface of the wooden blank cutout. After pouring it all, tilt the product so that the paint covers it entirely.
Artists like Quinal Malara on Instagram make it look easy and also offer workshops. Her impressive work can be viewed on her profile quinns_arte. Easy and quick to follow, dirty pour technique is a favorite for all fluid art beginners!
- Ocean Wave Technique
These fluid art finished products are the ideal gifts! Choose our hexagon wooden plan paintable mdf box for your DIY fluid art project.
- Choose dark colors for the ocean wave technique. Preferably, shades of blue.
- On one edge, pour the darkest shade horizontally. Similarly, add a few more lines with each shade getting lighter.
- For this technique, you will require a paper towel. Now, from one edge swipe towards the other end to create a wave.
This technique is a simpler version of an ocean wave. Once you grasp the technique, you can learn more from Amisha Bulani. This artist is making waves (literally) on Instagram. Her profile amishabulaniart has the link to the workshops!
- Cup Flip and Drag Technique
Elevating the usual cup flip technique, this method is intriguing and offers wonderful results.
- Layer the colors one by one in the cup.
- Move on to pouring it on the blank hardwood.
- After flipping, instead of picking the cup up, slowly drag it through the surface.
- The after-effect is one piece of art that awes all pairs of eyes!
- Swirl Pour and Stretch Technique
A unique method, this will upgrade your fluid art skills.
- Opt for a few vibrant colors and add in a plastic container cup.
- Make sure that the cup is only half full.
- Now, slowly squeeze the cup lightly to make an oval shape.
- With clockwise wrist hand movement, start pouring it on the surface and create the swirl.
- Once you have covered it from one end to another, tilt the product to stretch the swirl.
It would be advisable to opt for plain surface products like our rectangle name boards.
- Hair Dryer Technique
Quite a simple technique with extremely elegant results! Best for gifting purposes!
- Choose a color or two.
- Pour some drops on one edge of the surface.
- Now using a hairdryer slowly run it through to the other end of the surface. However, ensure that the hair dryer is not too close.
- Choose your motion and movement and let the color spread.
- You can also tilt it in-between to get the desired look.
These are a few techniques that you can start your DIY fluid art journey with. Slowly, try newer styles and then create some of your own too. Well, if art isn’t about creation, then what is?
Start without any hesitation and start soon!