Bloom Pour | Sheelee Art Acrylic Paint Pouring Technique

Bloom Pour Sheelee Art technique

Hi everyone! I have been learning about Bloom pours for a while now, and I am excited to share with you a little bit of information on how you can take the same class I took to learn this technique, AND if you use this code at checkout, sheleeart15DHA, you will receive a 15% discount! How cool is that!!!

An amazing BONUS with this class is the Facebook Community you will be invited into. I have learned so much from this super friendly group, and I know you will love them too! Beginners to advanced artists are included, along with artists from around the world working together to help each other learn.

My Variation of the Sheelee Art Bloom Technique

I had some extra paint I mixed up that I needed to use, so I decided to create two art pieces using the Bloom pour technique, but a different variation that I have been playing around with.

Desert Hippie Arts Bloom Pour 1
For this design, I used semi-gloss white house paint for my base pillow layer.
Desert Hippie Arts Bloom Pour 2
For this design, instead of using house paint as my base pillow layer, I used my “dump pot” of acrylic white paint mixed with Floetrol, glue, glycerin, silicone, and all sorts of stuff!.

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Pouring Medium
2-parts untinted base paint
1-part Jo Sonja gloss varnish

Mix Color
2 big scoops of pigment powder and use retarder or Jo Sonja gloss varnish to wet down.
Mix 1-part wet pigment powder to 2-parts pouring medium. Add splash water, if needed, to thin.

Pillow Paint (base paint layer):
Semi-gloss house paint

Cell Activator:
Black acrylic paint and water. Mix until it is thinner than pigment powder paints, dripping thinly off of the stick

A WORD ABOUT THIS BLOOM POUR TECHNIQUE: I have found (along with several other people) that producing the same results as another person is often challenging with this technique. How the paints are mixed, the slight variance with consistency and the difference in products are just examples that can create differences in results. I hight encourage you to take the same class I took, AND if you use this code at checkout, sheleeart15DHA, you will receive a 15% discount! The Facebook group you will be invited to provides PRICELESS support and information on succeeding in this technique.

MY TECHNIQUE, Step-by-Step along with some BLOOPER information!

I start by placing my 8″x10″ canvas on my spinner, AKA rotating cake stand. I am reusing a canvas with a painting that I was not too fond of the result. One of the bloopers in my video is that I did not make sure that my spinner was level. You will see my paint slowly move to the left of my canvas, and I turn my canvas to help balance out the paint.

I pour my base pillow paint in the center of the canvas. This is a thicker paint, and it makes a nice “pillow” for my colored paints to sit on. Next, I start layering small amounts of my colored paints in the base pillow paint center. Another blooper in my video is that I am using WAY too much paint! I was so excited to use my excess paint I didn’t paint attention… watch for the mess to follow, lol!

Once my colored paints are layered, I blow the paint from the canvas’s center out towards the edges. In the video, you will see the paint blow everywhere once my head moves. Believe it or not, the way you blow the paint affects the way the bloom is created!

Let the paint rest for a few moments and the SPIN! For some reason, I placed my canvas on Dixie cups instead of directly on the spinner. When I started to spin, my canvas fell of the spinner, but I could catch it quickly. Another blooper!

Continue spinning until your design opens up. If you need help covering the edges or corners, add a small amount of paint. If you desire, you can try to tilt your canvas but be mindful not to stretch your design or over tilt.

Let your canvas dry and then seal. In my video, I am using Rust-oleum Crystal Clear Enamel spray paint. I love this product because it leaves a nice, thick coating on the first layer. I usually put two layers of this paint to seal my art.

What do you think of this project? LET ME KNOW!


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