Fluid Art Outlet Covers

Fluid Art Outlet Covers

Fluid art & acrylic pour painting fascinate me. I love watching fluid art videos because they are beautiful, relaxing, and each pour is unique. I have experimented on canvas, tile, picture frames, and wood boards. My best results have been with plain acrylic paint & Floetrol but I have tried using silicone, dimethicone, and pouring medium.

After pour painting a half dozen small tiles (which we might actually use somewhere in the house) my better half suggested pouring on light switch & outlet covers. I tried it and I love the results! It worked best to drop paint onto the covers & swipe. We have an epidemic in our new (old) house where none of the outlet covers match and half of them are covered in latex paint to match the terrible wall colors. I had nothing to lose because we already have some replacement covers.

 

Fluid Art Light Switch Covers
Light Switch Covers

 

 

Fluid Art on Outlet Covers

 

I picked 3 outlet covers to paint: one doused in honey mustard house paint, a metal cover, and a plastic cover. I cleaned & primed the unpainted covers with a layer of gesso and let it dry (at least 75% dry.) The pre-painted cover was lightly sanded before painting.

 

Fluid Art on Outlet Covers

 

Fluid Art on Outlet Covers

 

In separate paper cups, I mixed together roughly 40% paint & 60% Floetrol paint conditioner. I use dollar store wood craft sticks to stir. I like to do my fluid art projects inside a cardboard box, a large plastic craft container, or a well covered surface. Adding Floetrol to acrylic paint will temporarily lighten the tone but the paints dry darker & brighter.

 

Fluid Art on Outlet Covers

 

It works well to elevate your cover by placing it on top of a paper cup. I dropped the paint onto the covers with the craft sticks & plastic pipettes. On a larger project, I would actually pour the paint onto the surface.  I swiped across the surface, using a craft stick or an offset icing spatula once I had applied enough paint. I try not to swipe too many times or manipulate the cover too much. You can tilt it gently to move the paint around–paint will pour off of the sides.

 

Once I was satisfied with the surface, I used a craft stick to gently scrape the drips from the bottom and left the covers to dry completely for 2 days before sealing with two coats (2 hours apart) of Gloss Polycrylic. Use a level surface for the covers to dry and give them 2-3 days before reattaching them to your wall after sealing.

 

Results

 

Pre-Painted Cover

  • Apple Barrel White Gloss Acrylic Paint
  • FolkArt Blue Flash Color Shift Acrylic Paint
  • FolkArt Purple Fluorescent Glow Matte Acrylic Paint
  • Testors Craft Black Ice Glitter Burst Acrylic Paint

 

 

Fluid Art on Outlet Covers
Wet

 

 

Fluid Art Outlet Covers
Dry

 

 

Fluid Art Outlet Covers
Sealed

 

Metal Cover

  • Apple Barrel  White Gloss Acrylic Paint
  • Apple Barrel: Tropic Orange, Lime Sherbet, and Caribbean Matte Acrylic Paint

I like to drip the colors onto the cover & then surround the color puddles with a lot of white paint (mixed with Floetrol.) After dropping paint onto the cover, I swipe the white paint over the colors and watch colorful “cells” pop through.

 

Fluid Art on Outlet Covers
Wet

 

 

Fluid Art Outlet Covers
Dry

 

 

Fluid Art Outlet Covers
Sealed

 

Plastic Cover

I used all of the leftover paint from the first two covers and

  • FolkArt Antique Gold Metallic Acrylic Paint

 

Fluid Art on Outlet Covers
Wet

 

 

 

Fluid Art Outlet Covers
Dry

 

Fluid Art Outlet Covers
Sealed

 

 

Fluid Art Outlet Covers

 

 

Outlet covers are cheap & life is short so I am going to add pops of color to the home in subtle (easily replaceable) ways like this! I love using the Plaid FolkArt Color Shift Paints and Metallic paints in my fluid art creations. Acrylic paints can be pricey but I always stock up when I find a good sale & there is nothing wrong with using the 50-cent Apple Barrel paints. If you try this out, don’t forget how easily customizable the colors are; just mix colors together or add white if your shade is too dark/bright!

 

 

 

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