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Pouring fluid acrylics and negative painting: A green flower bouquet

greenGreen Bouquet

Original is sold- Prints available here

This is my latest mixed media on canvas piece, I wanted to experiment with techniques of negative painting, pouring fluid acrylics and off course I could not resist adding some patterns :)

Here are the steps I took to paint this mixed media Flower painting:


I started by selecting a few fluid acrylic paint bottles, I actually ended up using only the blue and green. I also used liquid matte medium.


For this pouring technique, start by applying the fluid medium all over the painting with a knife or any other flat tool like a spatula.

IMG_6986Then add some drops of fluid acrylic on top of the liquid gel.

IMG_6988Here I used only blue and yellow fluid acrylic.

IMG_6990Then using the painting knife, I did spread the paint and medium around, this process allow very nice textures to form on the canvas.

IMG_7009Once dried, the canvas looked like this. Now I looked at the canvas and tried to make out shapes from the abstract patterns. I decided to go for a flower theme.

IMG_7011After quickly outlining the shapes, I painted around them with white acrylic.

IMG_7015When all the negative white painting has been done,  the painting looks like this. Basically a few flowers, a vase and I was thinking the shapes on the right could be leaves. I find that I would need an extra leave on the left for balance and am scrubbing off a bit of the white background with alcohol and a stiff brush to add that extra leave.

IMG_7019To make the vase different from the flowers, I am painting it with a layer of blue acrylic, the nice thing about acrylic paint is that it will most of the time be a bit translucent, so some of the patterns will still show on the vase under the blue paint.

IMG_7022As my painting process often involves working in many successive layers, I decide to add some color to the background to work on another layer.

IMG_7023I am adding texture to that yellow layer by spraying some alcohol.

IMG_7024Alcohol textures.

IMG_7026I am adding patterns on the yellow painted background with a blue marker.

IMG_7028Then I am going to use an oil based white sharpie to add more designs and definition to the flowers and the vase.


I decide to change the leaves shapes into small flowers.

IMG_7033Last step is another negative painting in white of the background but this time I am painting around the new designs I just added.


Finally I am adding a bit more designs with the blue marker on top of the newly painted white background. I like the semi abstract quality of the finished painting.

Green Bouquet

Mixed media on canvas

12 x 12 inches

original is sold- prints available here

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  • Dorothy Yuki May 13, 2014, 8:50 am

    Thank you for sharing. How fun!

  • Elizabeth Merchant May 10, 2014, 10:55 am

    Your eclectic approach to Green Bouquet confirms… it is not the subject of the painting that matters… it is how you approach… the technique used… to gain the affect you want. And not being afraid to add, remove or mix it up… to get that affect. Kudos.

    • Sandrine May 10, 2014, 12:55 pm

      Thanks Elizabeth for your nice comment. I think experimenting and taking risks is what keeps the process of painting exciting for me:)

  • Sian April 29, 2014, 12:53 pm

    I really love this one and the technique is very interesting.

  • jen April 15, 2014, 6:27 pm

    This is absolutely gorgeous!

  • Elizabeth Carr April 15, 2014, 10:55 am

    Thanks, Sandrine! I always enjoy viewing your newsletter/demos. I appreciate your inquisitive mind and experimental approach to art and materials. And a big CONGRATULATIONS for being one of the SPLASH 16 artists! Once again, I didn’t make it : (

  • Sheila April 15, 2014, 8:24 am

    Love this! I really enjoyed seeing it unfold too :) The texture is wonderful, and the colors are … serene :)

  • CINDY April 15, 2014, 8:17 am

    You are just so darned talented. I’m happy for you, but must say I’d give a limb to be able to do what you do!!! Enjoy getting new mail from you – makes my day.

  • H McILRATH April 15, 2014, 8:04 am

    Thank you Sandrine for this super demo. I love the colours you have chosen.Must give this technique a go.

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