Acrylic Painting Party! (Part 2)

(This tutorial was previously published in Acrylic Painting With Passion by Tesia Blackburn, copyright 2014. It is republished here courtesy of and North Light Books.)

You can’t get precious with this technique. So grab your inner child, some paper and some friends, turn the music up loud and let’s have a paint party!

Version Two: Acrylic Flow Release on Canvas Drop Cloth
Canvas drop cloths are relatively inexpensive and easy to find at just about any home improvement store. This is a great way to get some friends together and spend an afternoon! Remember that you are painting and moving around the tables. You still need a timekeeper for this technique. Dance, paint a little, dance some more and move to the next spot on the table. Take your brush with you.

What You Need

Setup time: 10 minutes
Painting time: 20–60 minutes

large canvas drop cloth
Golden Fluid Acrylics, any colors
Golden Acrylic Flow Release
paintbrushes, a variety of sizes
paper towels
paper plates for palettes
several water containers, yogurt containers or sturdy plastic cups
several drop cloths for the floor

All About Acrylic Flow Release

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Acrylic Flow Release, made by Golden, is a cool additive that makes water “wetter.” Why do you want to use it? Because it makes lovely puddles and saturates canvas with color like nothing else. It’s very effective to make rich stains on unprimed canvas. Never use Acrylic Flow Release full strength. It is a powerful surfactant and is meant to be diluted. Make sure to use plastic cups or water containers. The water/Flow Release mixture will seep out of paper cups. Read the label for proper safety precautions and proper use.

Step 1

1.Acrylic Flow Release can be mixed with any fluid paint to make a thin, watery paint that is ideal for staining raw canvas. Mix 3 teaspoons of Acrylic Flow Release with one quart of water. This is your base mixture. Make up several containers of this water/Flow Release mixture so everyone can have their own container. You can use the water/Flow Release mixture as is or add fluid paint to it to make a premixed watery paint.

Step 2

2. Set up the tables with plastic drop cloths beneath them. Some of the water may seep onto the floor, so be prepared with heavy drop cloths on the floor or even work outside. Give everyone a container of the water/Flow Release mixture. Start pouring this mixture onto the raw canvas.

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3. Take a small amount of fluid paint and float it onto the canvas that has been pre-wet with the water/Flow Release mixture.

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4. You can also mix fluid paint with the water/Flow Release mixture and then paint it onto the canvas. Work with just two to three colors. In this photo we are using only Quinacridone Magenta, Hansa Yellow and Phthalo Blue (Green Shade). Keep your use of paint to a minimum. You can always add more later if you feel that the color needs to be more saturated.

Step 5

5. Paint and dance around the canvas just like you did in Version One. Since the paint is thin and watery, you can really fling it with a brush. Just don’t fling it in your neighbor’s eyes!

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Here’s what the canvas looked like after a session of painting with Acrylic Flow Release.


Here’s the gang with their completed drop cloth. From left to right: Tesia Blackburn, Elise Marshall, Tina Pressler, Ruth Brophy, Lynn Glynn and Jackie Carroll. We will divvy up the drop cloth by cutting big chunks and giving one to each artist. Each artist will finish the canvas to her own liking using fluid paint, collage materials, oil pastel or whatever. The sky really is the limit.

(This tutorial was previously published in Acrylic Painting With Passion by Tesia Blackburn, copyright 2014. It is republished here courtesy of and North Light Books.)

U2175_U2175.inddYou can find out more or order a copy of Acrylic Painting With Passion here.

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