Acrylic paint pours open artistic doors | Derby News
From seasoned artists to newbies looking to dip a toe into the waters of art find acrylic painting to be the key to success.
While the art form has been around for a while, it “really exploded” during the pandemic, often by people watching YouTube videos for something interesting to do at home.
This was the case for Sarah Hill, one of the artists whose cast painting was on display at April 25 Spring Into Art in Derby’s Madison Avenue Central Park.
“I’m a stay-at-home mom, and when my daughter and I were stuck at home I would google for ways to keep her entertained and keep scrolling through these videos of people pouring paint on their canvases,” explained Hill. “It piqued my interest and I was like, ‘It sounds pretty easy, maybe I can do it.'”
“The COVID era made the artist stand out in many of us because it ultimately opened up a lot of time for people to explore. [art pours] like a hobby like me, ”she said.
For Hill, the hobby quickly turned into a business when she “started selling parts left and right.”
“I call my store Curiosity Creations because I’m honestly curious about what’s going to happen every time I pour this paint on the canvases,” Hill said. “That’s the beauty of paint pouring.”
Hill isn’t the only one who has discovered the joy of pouring paint from YouTube videos.
Michelle Crist, who has been teaching acrylic paint casting classes at the Hubbard Art Center in the DRC since last fall, fell there a few years ago.
“I was at home with twins [girls] because the daycare costs more than what I earned from my dental work, ”said Crist. The blended family of six had been going through “tough times, so I was watching the self-help and development. [YouTube] videos when god somehow let down this video [of paint pours] and I couldn’t look away.
After waiting 10 days for his twins’ nap hours to line up, Crist emptied a corner of his kitchen and made his first pour.
“It’s funny, the things that enlighten us and in which we find joy, we always collect pieces of it,” she says. “I had been collecting paint and brushes for 15 or 20 years, so I had almost everything I needed in my closet.”
Crist thought her first attempt was “pretty cool” but was amazed at the positive reaction she received when she shared it on Facebook.
“I immediately asked people to contact me asking me to make parts for them,” she said.
She says social media has been a catalyst for the popularity of acrylic paint casting.
“[For] people who appreciate art but think they can never do it, now someone has lowered the bar and said, “Why don’t you try a shape that has never been shown to you?”, and people find themselves very talented. “
The idea for classes at the Hubbard Art Center came to the artistic director of the Aimee Geist center in spring 2020.
“What really got this going for me was watching a video online,” Geist said. She bought a book that said he started with an age-old practice of marbling paper, which is a similar effect of swooshes and movement you get with paint dripping.
The first classes were held in the fall of 2020, and “it went really well,” Geist said.
“We started with a handful of students, a few repeated and they all sponsored friends.”
Although Mykalynn Penny had a degree in graphic design and did fine art throughout school, she had “never really worked with painting” when she took the course “for fun” with an artist. friend in February.
“I love colors and doing things, and everything about them intrigued me,” she said. “I would recommend it to anyone. If you love color, love putting things together and seeing art, I think anyone can do it.
“You have to let the paint flow. I don’t think this type of artwork can go wrong. It doesn’t take someone who is an artist, it just takes someone who is willing to open up, be free, and let go with your art. “
Belinda South, a resident of Derby, has no art training but has taken several craft classes in the DRC.
“I heard about Aimee’s casting paint class [Geist], thought it sounded fun and ended up taking three classes. Not being ‘artistic’ and not being able to draw anything, I thought it was easy to do – anyone could do it – and it went really well, ”she said.
South’s first pieces are now hung on the wall of her bedroom where the colors match her decor.
“This is something absolutely anyone can do and do that is fabulous because you just have to pick the colors and go your own way,” she said.
“There is no limit to creativity when it comes to what to use and how to use it. Last time around I used a straw to blow the paint from one picture to another so they seem to go together – the gold got mixed into the other picture and it looks like it’s flowing together, but they are really two distinct images ”. South explained.
Although South thinks the paint splashes are something she could do on her own, she prefers the classes and has bought them as gifts for her family and friends.
“One of our students pointed out that if they tried to buy all the materials and tools needed to do any of these lessons, it would cost a lot more than the class,” Geist noted.
“There’s something really nice about coming to a separate space all about creativity where you can sit back and do your job and leave it all behind and just be creative,” she says.
Crist teaches the beginner and intermediate versions of the 2.5 hour course several times per term. In May, the DRC launches Paint Pour for Teens, and this summer Paint Pour for Kids from 6 to 9 years old.