I have been trying to master the technique of swirling acrylic colour around in the canvas like  marbling without success.  I have tried acrylic with flow medium and inks with flow medium but they either do not flow the way I would like or they lose their marbling effect after drying out.  Some have dried with ugly blobs of colour which I didn't want.

At this point I do not have any successful fluid art to show so I have not added any.  Does anyone have any tips or suggestin ?

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I have no idea how to do this but... I know how to google. I just googled "how to marble on canvas" and got a whole page of cool links, including YouTube vids like this one: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ShFokujouiM (and lots of related vids on the righthand side of this vid). So, try googling and youtubing, hope that helps. xoxo

Hi Thanks Aimeslee,

I have not tried the canvas in the water will try that one but have seen it.  I have  seen all the other ones however have not succeeded to my satisfaction. I was hoping to hear from someone who dabbles in it.  If someone has done so I would like to know what type of paint and flowing medium used, and the proportions of colour to medium.  I have used liquitex flow medium and found it too thick.  It did not flow as well as those showed in the utubes.

Some use airbrush medium to mix with paint on gesso'd canvas to make it flow better. If working on raw canvas, you can use water. I'll leave it to other replies at this point. Good luck!

Seema said:

Hi Thanks Aimeslee,

I have not tried the canvas in the water will try that one but have seen it.  I have  seen all the other ones however have not succeeded to my satisfaction. I was hoping to hear from someone who dabbles in it.  If someone has done so I would like to know what type of paint and flowing medium used, and the proportions of colour to medium.  I have used liquitex flow medium and found it too thick.  It did not flow as well as those showed in the utubes.

Not sure you can make acrylic create a marbling effect on canvas.As you say it never becomes fluid enough since flow mediums only dilute the paint to help it spread . Marbling has a fluidity of movement which is as much to do with the medium its on as it is to do with the paint itself. possibly canvas as a fabric is not suitable for marbling,the weave of the fibre restricting the marbling effect. i will try to find a way ,i like the idea. Good luck.

Hi, all - I thought I'd jump in on this.  The pic here is one I did using acrylics and liquitex pouring medium on canvas.  I do love this method and find it works pretty well.  I think, Seema, you might try the soft body or high flow acrylics with the medium, to loosen it up.  :-)s linda

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