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Acrylic Pouring Painting 4 Basic Techniques

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I was hooked on pour painting as soon as my mother played me a few videos over the Christmas holidays. I haven’t been embracing my inner craftsmen lately, but this I knew I wanted to try.

The first painting we did was just with watercolor paint the kids and I had in our paint bucket. I was to impatient to wait till I had the “right” material.


The second try, I actually went to Micheal’s and bought a bunch of paint. I was so hesitant to use to much and waste paint. That stuff is not cheap. That I ended up using to little. If you watch the video below you can see, she has huge jars of premixed paint.


You need to make enough to coat the canvas or it just won’t work and in not using enough you don’t get the desired effect. As in my case, my concern of wasting paint actually happened because I used to little and the paintings didn’t turn out.


You can see the paint didn’t cover the full canvas before drying. Next time I’ll add more pouring medium and more paint. And I won’t try to do five different paintings with the kids at the some time. **Face palm**


Watching these 4 techniques, you can really see how it works. Why you need to use liberal amounts, and how to get the paint on to the canvas to get the desired effect.

1. The Puddle Pour

The puddle pour is just what is sounds like. You are taking two or more colors and making puddles of them on the canvas. As you’ll see in the video below, you can also layer the colors making puddles in puddles. Then you lift the canvas, tilting it side to side as the colors blend and swirl together covering the canvas.

2. The Dirty Pour

I love this pour. It’s simple, easy, great to do with the kids. You pour your colors into one cup. Again you can layer the colors. In the video, you can see her start with back, then pour in white and then more black and soon on. The higher the height you pour the paint into the cup, the more it will blend. The lower your pour the paint in the more it will stay separated.

Now you just pour the paint from the cup onto the canvas, creating any type pattern you would like. Once all the paint has been poured out, pick up the canvas and tilt it until the canvas is covered.

3. The Flip Cup

The flip cup starts the same way as the Dirty Pour. You pour the colors into one cup, layering the paint. Once your ready, you place the canvas over the top of the cup and then while holding the cup tight to the canvas you turn or flip it over. The paint stays in the cup, until you lift the cup up, letting the paint pool over the canvas. Again, you would then tilt the canvas around to distribute the paint.

4. Swipe Preparations

I don’t like this one. The end result looked nice, I can just seem lots of room for error. I would totally mess this one up. You add all your colors by pouring them on the canvas and then you use a tool to swipe the paint across the canvas. You have to be carful not add to much pressure, you don’t want to scrap down to the canvas.

You still want the canvas to be completely covered.

Anyways, I hope you enjoyed the video. I feel like it really gave me some foolproof pouring techniques that start using right away.


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