How to Make Your Own Jackson Pollock Painting
Before you go any further, just know that this is a shortened post. If you want a full, in-depth guide on how to create action paitnings, be sure to read my post about how I make Jackson Pollock style paintings.
There are 4 Major parts to creating your own Pollock style painting:
- The Paint
- The Tools
- The Canvas
- The Method
Let’s dive in.
Pollock (aka Jack the Dripper) used a fluid gloss enamel paint. Essentially this is house paint, but the type he used was used for more rigid applications. Oil paint was the norm at the type, but if you’re simply creating a painting for your home, and not to sell, any house paint will do.
You only need paint with primer if you use unprimed canvas.
Pollock did away with using normal brushstrokes and instead used hard elements to drip the paint on his canvases. He used sticks, rock hard paint brushes and even syringes.
Personally I have also seen success with spoons (large ones especially), spatulas, and wooden rulers.
Generally he would take a large roll of canvas (most likely cotton) and roll it out on the floor. He’d tack it in place or weigh it down. He would then apply his signature technique to it.
Pollock helped create something known as “action painting” or more commonly known now as “gestural abstraction.”
In the beginning, Pollock merely dipped his utensil into a can of paint and flicked it across the canvas. Sometimes he’d swirl his hands, writing in the air. Other times he’d snap his wrist to create a more dynamic movement. He was also known to simply pour or drip the paint onto the canvas.
As he perfected the technique, he later got more involved with the movements, and began dancing around the painting, throwing paint more loosely. I presume this also had to do with the sheer size of his pieces as well as the technique itself.
Below is a video some of the techniques he used.
Ultimately, that’s all there is to it.
Again, if you want a full guide, check out my other blog post. It even has a videos showing you different applications of the techniques, along with more concise directions.