My husband and I are big Star Wars fans, and I thought that the nature of acrylic flow art would be conducive to trying to create a galaxy look that might be fantastic for a Star Wars themed piece as a gift for my husband for our 10th anniversary!
I prepared a 24″ x 30″ canvas that I picked up at Michaels during one of their 70% off sales with white gesso. Then I used various paints salvaged from prior acrylic pours to create a blue-black and a blue-green. I also mixed up some Craftsmart Bright Blue and a Martha Stewart Multi-Surface Antique Silver Glitter Paint with some Flood Floetrol additive (1:2) from Lowes (Home Depot no longer carries this).
I splattered and poured all the mixed paints individually (rather than combining into a dirty pour) across the canvas, making sure that there was enough paint to flow off all the edges of the canvas for full coverage. Then I took wet paper towels and swiped them across the paints to pull light layers of paint over one another, creating phenomenal cells (which later turned into ribbons for a beautiful gaseous look). I probably used up about 20 paper towels, tossing them after each swipe so as to prevent muddying the colors.
Then I started tipping the canvas to help pull and push the paints even more across the canvas. The results were totally unexpected (which is one of the things I love about acrylic flow art), and I lost a lot of the brighter blue areas. However, letting the paint flow with slight tipping adjustments gave the piece a wonderful galaxy look. To add sparkle and the look of stars, I also sprinkled on some Melissa Francis Glass Glitter in Silver, especially in the areas where I could find thin streams of the Martha Stewart antique glitter paint or where I thought I could emphasize a blue ribbon of paint in a predominantly dark area of the painting.
Then to make this bespoke piece extra special for Mr. CraftyPaws, I added an image of the Millenium Falcon that I found online. I sized it and then printed and fussy cut it out 6 times so that I could create a bit of dimension by adding thin double sided foam adhesive between each layer. Then I coated the top image with a bit of Gloss Mod Podge before finding it a home in this galaxy painting.
Click the following picture to watch the process video of this acrylic pour (sorry I lost the tipping part of the process):
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This painting is being entered into the following challenges:
Word Art Wednesday Anything Goes Challenge
Creatalicious Anything Goes with Optional No Squares or Rectangle Card Challenge
Card Mania Anniversary Challenge
613 Avenue Create Anything Goes with Optional Magic/Fantasy Challenge
Catch the Bug Anything Goes Challenge
The Corrosive Challenge Anything Goes
Simon Says Stamp Monday Sprinkles and Splatters Challenge
Oh my! This is so original, so different and unusual. I love your playing with acrylic and the pouring effect is amazing. Thank you for joining Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge.
Awww thank you so much Macarena!
This is really pretty. Thank you for sharing your wonderful project with us at Creatalicious Challenges . Hugs Neva
Thanks so very much Neva!
Wow – what a cool effect – love it! Thanks so much for joining us this time at the Creatalicious Challenge, Elizabeth (DT)
Thank you so very much Elizabeth! I am having so much fun with these acrylic flow art projects. 🙂
This is very nice…Thank you for joining us at Word Art Wednesday. I would like to share with you God’s Word in John 8:12 which says, “When Jesus spoke again to the people, he said, “I am the light of the world. Whoever follows me will never walk in darkness, but will have the light of life.” God’s Word is timely and timeless. Have a blessed weekend!
Thank you for your kind words!
A great project!
Thank you soo much for taking part in our “anything goes with optional no square or rectangle card” challenge over at Creatalicious & good luck in the draw.
Hope to see you again in our new challenge as well…
(DT-Coordinator Creatalicious Challenges)
(DT Crafty Friends)
(DT The Sketchy Challenges)
PS: Sorry for the late comment, life had been very busy these past weeks…
Thanks oodles, Melanie!