Made in Cayman: Fluid art – the latest craze in painting

24 January 2020

By Alan Markoff

The hottest trend in painting goes by many names: Dutch pour fluid art, acrylic flow painting, acrylic pour painting, acrylic pouring or simply fluid art. All of those terms refer to the same painting technique, in which the artist mixes acrylic paints with a flow enhancer and then pours different coloured paints onto a surface. The surface is then tilted in different directions, allowing the colours of paint to mix in unpredictable, but often beautiful and dynamic, ways. The resulting works of art, which are often abstract, exhibit a sense of motion as the different colours “dance” across the surface.

When poured onto ceramics and sealed, fluid art pieces can be displayed as any other piece of visual art or used for coasters, hotplates or even for tiling backsplashes.
Local artist Marcia Codner of Mixcolourgy creates different sizes of fluid art ceramic tiles like the one above that are available for sale at 3 Girls & A Kiln in Camana Bay. However, those interested in adding some fluid art to their home decor have another option: making fluid art themselves.

On 16 January, Marcia will lead a class at 3 Girls & A Kiln from 7 p.m. until 9 p.m. The CI$55 cost of the class includes materials and light refreshments.

Fluid art is a form of painting in which beginners can see impressive results. The medium is forgiving, giving the artist a relaxing, stress-free method of creative expression.

For more information or reservations to the class, email [email protected].

This article originally appeared in the January 2020 print edition of Camana Bay Times with the headline “Fluid Art: The latest craze in painting”