Paint Pouring on Pebbles

Paint Pouring on Pebbles

Posted by DecoArt on Jul 11th 2018

Until I actually had a go at paint pouring myself, it seemed like some kind of unobtainable mystical art which wielded beautiful, decorative results. I soon realized however that paint pouring is accessible to everyone and creates the most unexpected, colourful finish, and what’s more, you can pour paint on a lot more than a simple canvas! I absolutely love the unexpected results you get, and the patterns created can be dazzling!

Recently I have been painting pebbles again. It’s something I used to do years ago but there has been a craze recently of painting and hiding pebbles for others to find which has rekindled my interest. Naturally, I wanted to see if I could pour paint on pebbles, and why not?!

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Prepare the pebbles by washing well in warm soapy water and then coating all over with a layer of white gesso. Allow to dry.

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Mix the Fluid Acrylics with the Pouring Medium in disposable cups or old lids. When using Fluids Acrylics the ratio is 2 parts paint to one part medium. Stir each colour well, and then tip all colours into another pot slowly so that the colours don’t mix too much.

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Keep the paint-pot upright, hold the pebble over the top, and then flip upside down so that the paint runs all over the pebble. I did this over a craft mat and also on a piece of kitchen roll to catch any excess paint. Allow to dry completely.

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Once dry, tip a layer of top coat over the entire pebble. This is a magical step which adds a beautiful glass-like finish but also ensures that the colours stay vibrant. Allow this to dry.

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Now onto the second pebble. I used the same three colours but this time I added a small amount of Titanium White to the Quinacridone Red so that it became more of a pink. I then poured paint over in exactly the same way as the first pebble.

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Once the paint dries it is perfectly possible to stamp on a pebble. I use the stamps unmounted with an Archival ink. It is important to use an Archival ink so that it doesn’t run when the top coat is added. I added a little coloured texture stamping, and then also some stamping in black.

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It is also possible to add a bit of stenciling to a pebble. I mixed the same three colours with a little Titanium White to make them opaque and then sponged through a stencil in a few random areas. I also added some polka dots by finger painting with the Quinacridone Red mixed with a little white.

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I wondered if it was possible to doodle in a white paint pen on a pebble, and also if the doodling would run when the TopCoat was added. I discovered that doodling on a pebble is perfectly possible! I also added a typed quote with Gel Medium.

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Before adding the final top coat I wanted to add a bit of Metallic Gold for a bit of bling! I did a bit of junk stamping using small bottle lids and the edges of old credit cards. Finally, I poured the Clear Pouring TopCoat allowing it to run down and cover the whole pebble.

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Now that the pebbles are dry they have a beautiful glass-like finish, and you would hardly know that they were once a pebble! Now I have to decide whether I want to part with them and leave them in a secret location for someone else to find or keep them for myself!

*The TopCoat is not rated for exterior use, so hide your masterpiece somewhere with suffient coverage. 

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