That’s because most of us will use two or three different mediums and additives in each pour. What if you had 4 colors. Abigail Hreha from Oregon on May 22, 2019: That is so cool looking! For those who aren’t familiar with paints and additives, a medium is something you add to your acrylic paints to make them easier to work with and to make them behave the way you want them to in your applications. Great to watch and follow, very helpful, can't wait to try it. However, the right recipe for adding silicone into your acrylic pouring mix will largely come down to experimentation. -Jan, Great video!!! That increases the staining properties of your materials, and it also slows down drying. I would like to use some warmer colours. Ok I want to know if there is anything else you can put in the paint to make it move. Do i prime the same way and what would you seal this with? Don’t worry about the different packaging, different colored bottles etc. Then a stroke released a new wave of creativity and she began exploring with dot painting, abstract and eventually acrylic pouring, and at last the joy of working with color returned. Take the canvas (or other object) you’re about to paint on, flip it upside down and place it canvas-side down over the plastic cup. It can work in a pinch, but its slightly yellowing and does have other chemical ingredients. Uncover all your paint cups. Pour a small amount of gesso into a plastic dish. If so what kind of paint and do you mix floetrol with it. This is optional and depends on what type of look you'd like. Supplies to Start Pouring Paint. Thanks so much for your comments. If you don't have one, a wood craft stick can be a good substitute. I am just concerned about longevity and will it crack. If you pour an especially thick layer of paint, it could take longer. The golds are bad, so is silver, doesn’t matter what medium I use, whether it is liquitex or floetrol. It doesn’t change the color or finish characteristics. I think you'll like pouring with either size canvas. I assumed since it was triple primed no need to coat it. Carrie Kelley (author) from USA on December 06, 2018: Hello Aleta, You're welcome. If the paint is thick, sometimes you have do this a few times. I'm glad you like it. Hi Bevie I too found that. I like to paint the side black. Simply take a piece of glass and gently press it into the paint, … If so what brand and what finish? added this twice, forgot to add notify me on the bottom and submitted it. Best to add a drop or two to each color as you mix them, and before pouring. All-purpose Some have been mixed up in there for months. I would like to do a dirty flip cup pour. My first pour post-MMSSDR (Mickey Mouse ….) I also use water with tube paint and bottle paint, likeFolk Art, Deco Art, etc. Pick up your canvas and slowly tilt it in one direction at a time until the flowing paint approaches the edge. Measure your ingredients on a scale, pour them into a bottle, and then shake, shake, shake until thoroughly mixed. :), Hi Mary, Yes, it's a fun project. the only color I have used that does not need water is artists loft neon green in the bottle. Just enjoy the, Hello, Ring Pour : Create a dirty pour then slowly pour in the middle of the surface and keep it still so the stream of paint is staying in the middle as the paint expands outward. The corners are sometimes hard to get coated with paint during the next step, so try to add a little paint to each one. Hi, Is there a specific recipe that helps this from happening. However, it is vital to the process to conduct experiments to gain the knowledge of what are the most critical controlling factors which preside over paint pours. Gather Your Supplies. Silicone (a few drops) In fact, its excellent aging integrity is a big difference between Floetrol and some other additives. Cup 9 - One of the six colors of your choice. Did my pour and the paint basically slid off the sides and did not stick at all. First one of mine needs a bit of tweaking because I used a really small board, but that is only a question of cutting down amounts for that size. Pour your first colour into the cup, and then pour in the next colour. Perhaps most important, keeping the consistency of the paint even gives your pieces much longer lives. Sheri K. Acrylic Paint Pour With Feathered Gold Enamel Wall Art. You can either simply pour the paint in the center, use the flip cup method (video below), or pour the paint into stripes or swirls; there's no wrong way to do it! Very interesting & informative! The steps and recipe shown here are just one of many ways to do a pour painting. As long as you cover your workspace well and wear disposable gloves while painting, clean up doesn't take much time. 2. Thanks for your comment. hi! Easy DIY Acrylic Pour Tutorial – Pour Setup Step One. Step by Step Tutorial for a Dutch Pour with Lacings . A quick shake and they are good to use again. For the 100% pure silicone oil, try the Treadmill Belt Silicone here. Based on the information. Since I used the wooden panel for this project, I painted the whole thing white first. Thank you. It only tweaks how the paint flows and moves, so it won’t affect aging. Which type of Floetrol and which type of Elmer’s glue do you use in your pours? Cover the wood bars of the canvas with painter's tape. If you are going to do a lot of tilting to stretch cells, rings, or any other elements, you would need more paint. Very cheap and holds up well. Canacrylicglaze used for faux painting be used in place of floetrol. Use a palette knife or wood craft stick to smooth some paint onto those sections. I am drawn to these pour paintings as they create awesome color effects. Or should I throw the mixture out? This is optional, but if you'd like to do this, here's how: Painter's tape won't damage the canvas and can be peeled off once the painting is dry. Even though acrylics are water soluble, they can be difficult to get out of clothing. Of course, it won’t be able to help you if you use too much paint in the first place! Easy enough for anyone with a pair of hands and a few bottles of fluid acrylic paint, this paint pouring art hobby may really make an acrylic pour addict out of you. Thanks again!!! Add one level 1/4 teaspoon of Liquitex Soft Body paint in the colors and color combinations listed below to each cup. If not, what do you use? Thanks ! What kind of panels do you use?? Rainx would be one of the additives you might want to use to try to create cells. Its more about their density and how you layer them in the cup, as you mention. This is the recipe I use, equal parts of acrylic paint and Elmer's glue. The supplies, recipe, and process shown here is one I’ve used to create pour paintings with bright colors and a glossy shine. Do these help in the creating different effects on cells? Did my pour and the paint basically slid off the sides and did not stick at all. I can’t wait to try it. It’s a good idea to wear an old apron or art smock to keep paint off your clothes. It does not seem beyond my limited capabilities so I will give it a go as well. That’s quite a range, but we provide it as a general guideline since your ratios will vary slightly with each pour and each paint mixture. Then flip both cups and see what happens. I feel as though someone just slipped me a Mickey Mouse Super Secret Decoder Ring!!! Again I did not have this issue with the very first one I did. That would be a pretty dramatic difference. Swirl gently to mingle colors. A polyfoam brush is an easy way to apply gesso to a canvas. Thanks for your question. It’s often used for spraying paint since it makes paint smoother, more consistent, and less viscous. Her Dutch Paint Pour Recipe: Mix the acrylic paint with water only, no more than 50% ever. My only question is after you prep canvas, do you pour a white paint on the entire canvas prior to your pour to help paint slide when you tilt. Continue tilting in different directions until the entire canvas surface and sides are covered and you're happy with the overall composition and look of your painting. Very disappointing and I’m not entirely sure what caused it. Really appreciated it. I hope this helps. You can get it in the UK here. okay, wait, this recipe says 2 parts floetrol 1 part paint, but in a comment of another article the same author says her usual recipe is 2 parts paint 1 part floetrol, which i would assume would produce differing results, so ….. which is it?? I stir this until smooth, then add water and stir until the paint flows off of my stir stick when lifted up. I have a question about other flow mediums such as I am new to this and realised decoart is not very thick ..but a bit liquify.. a reply would b appreciated.thanks. Two of the sides were perfect, on the other two sides, the paint just would NOT stick. I have 2 - 16 2oz acrylic paints (I got it on sale, so 32 oz in all of 2 colors each. on January 01, 2020: I have found this tutorial very helpful clear and no nonsense approach thank you will look forward to others. Before you can start, you'll need to get your supplies ready. When in doubt, don't touch the surface because if it's not quite dry, you'll leave a fingerprint in the finish. To use craft acrylics instead of the paint brand shown, add 3/4 teaspoon of paint to each plastic cup of pouring medium rather than 1/4 teaspoon. I am fairly new at pour painting. Thanks! Acrylic Pouring is a participant in the Amazon Services LLC Associates Program, an affiliate advertising program designed to provide a means for sites to earn advertising fees by advertising and linking to,,,, or Thanks for your question! Hi Ashley! By improving both flow and leveling, Floetrol makes paint easier to work with. I also like Krylon Kamar Varnish Spray, which is also glossy. Distilled water (1 part; hard water and tap water with mineral content will act differently and change the way paint floats, so stick with distilled!) Do you add anything on top of the pour (i.e. I just keep on learning. Alternate as many times as you need, until all your acrylic paint has been added. Thank you for sharing this info, very informative. It gives the impression of a frame. If so, how long can you save them? Check all four edges for any areas that aren't covered in paint. Do you finish your painting off with anything? Good descrption. As an expert pourer, you can certainly appreciate the combination of Liquitex and Floetrol. What do I need to put over my painting to seal it so you can use the coasters and not mess up the painting. Audrey Hunt from Idyllwild Ca. Just sayin. I have watched video after video, but knew I needed more. Carrie Kelley (author) from USA on November 24, 2018: Hello Jeanne, Good luck with your painting and thanks for your comments :). It's helpful to have a large trash bin nearby rather than carrying paint covered items across the room. Carrie Kelley (author) from USA on September 05, 2018: Thanks, RTalloni! Any idea how it would call here or what I could use instead. Place the canvas squarely in the center of your cans. Even among advanced pourers and experienced artists, folks use it quite differently. For one thing, because it’s manufactured for large-scale use, it tends to be much less expensive than additives that are specifically formulated for crafters and artists. You can get those large cells more easily, even without an additional additive like silicone. In fact, you can barely see the gold color and the pink was all over the place as was the aqua/teal. I’m really excited to produce better pours now that I’ve gotten better educated by watching this video!! Here’s a sample recipe to try, courtesy of Danny Clark’s awesome YouTube channel: Floetrol (2 parts) These types of paintings are always interesting because you never know the colors will end up. As you’ll see if you check out various acrylic pouring blogs and YouTube channels, everyone has their tools of choice. Disclosure: Some of the links below are affiliate links, meaning, at no additional cost to you, I will earn a commission if you click through and make a purchase. Thank you so such for an informative and precise guide. I'm glad you've found it helpful. Learn how to pour paint to make a fabulous designed work of art! This will be my first I am using a 8x10 stretched canvas how much paint should I pour to be able to cover the whole canvas? Do you have any tips or recommendations for me or should I just move on to another paint brand? Start this step right after your painting is on the cups or cans, while it's still wet. But I can never get the amount of cells I desire. Little better quality. It almost look like I poured extremely watered down paint on the sides. It sounds like you’re using some heavy paints in your art studio. HELP?? Is there a way to tell from the consistency? It turned out great. But as a non-artist, I would love more color combinations - PLEASE! Even paint can cause irritation, skin problems and breathing problems for some people. They seem to omit crucial facts you need to know. Such a Pretty Mess – This recipe is the one I see the most, the baby powder recipe. I’ve tried numerous ones and am still getting crazing on canvas and on tiles. If any of the paint and pouring medium has separated, use a craft stick to blend it together. I usually soak plastic or glass items in warm water and a dish detergent for a while. Thank you for the tutorial, I’m just wondering can I do this on wood please. There is nothing that is absolutely safe for everyone to use. How much would i use? White acrylic will work fine on a canvas. It takes about a day for each coat of gesso to dry, so plan to do this in advance. Julie - You're welcome. You will want to pour off enough paint so there's not a thick puddle on the surface without pouring off the best parts of your design. Hi Debbie, I have found that mixing Floetrol with metallic paints makes the paint extremely thick, so am adding a lot of water just to get a honey consistency. I think I missed something - at the end you have a list of types of pouring techniques, but I was wondering what this one is called? So there you have 2 awesome diy acrylic pouring medium options! Thank you Joan. They're in a fluid formula that doesn't need to be thinned with water before using. I have also seen recipes using plaster of paris as the dry ingredient. It helps keeps the colors separate, so they don't combine into one muddy color when mixed. A room with a door that can be closed if you have pets or young children so they won't accidentally touch or tip your painting. Palette knives can be used for various acrylic pour painting techniques. Here are a few things to do before you start: Checking the surface with a level can help prevent the paint from pooling on one side of the canvas. Enjoy your painting! You might have many of these items around your home. I'm glad you've found it helpful. It's all up to you. Here are a couple of ways to use up that extra paint! DecoArt Pouring Medium is a fluid additive specially formulated to enable paint to flow easily across a surface. -Jan. For the Floetrol, the product number is FLD6 – take a look here on Amazon. Experiment with other brands of artist quality fluid or high-flow acrylics. Thank you. Before you can start, you'll need to get your supplies ready. After that, the surface is tilted in each direction to let the paint flow, and the colors interact in unpredictable, yet always interesting ways. I've been painting with acrylics since childhood and enjoy sharing tips about working in this versatile medium. A wood craft stick can be used to scrape the paint from the measuring spoon into the plastic cup. There's a link to it in my profile. There are many, many ways to create a recipe for Pour Painting. Marijill Zembry-Williams on August 25, 2019: Can i do this on just wood panels and how would iprep them, A good friend has started doing this with her students. Thanks for the recipes, too! Or how much Glue All could I buy and get around the problem on a previous email about how much paint and medium do I need for 2 - 8x10 canvases for 8 girls? GOOD NIGHT! It also extends the volume of the paint and helps prevent cracking. And functionally, it’s just as good to work with. I used Golden GAC 800 as the pouring medium for this painting because it has a nice balance of color separation and blending, which is the look I wanted to achieve. You don’t need the expensive canvasses. To avoid this, try pouring it evenly around the entire canvas. To use: Mix enough pouring medium into your acrylic paint until you get a heavy cream like consistency. Craft acrylics aren't archival quality but are an option for practicing this technique or as a lower-cost alternative to artist brands. You can use Glue All school glue. Liquid or soft body acrylics work best for the pouring technique. Please keep up the wonderful teaching. Could I spray something on them. Hola soy de Argentina, como hago para recibir la información de pouring en castellano? This blog post might be useful: I’m new to this acrylic pouring…..I was under the empression that I could use PVA glue and a little water to thin the paint and the a couple of sprays of WD40 to get the required cells……would this work Deb?……I don’t have a lot of money to splurge……☹️, Yes that’s one of the many recipes you can use. I am giving a party for my granddaughter. can I use the silicon seal that is used for stone tiles? Thank you, If it's lined with wax paper or aluminum foil, it should stay clean enough to re-use. Carrie Kelley (author) from USA on March 13, 2019: You're welcome, Lorainne. See our Pour Painting Experiments > Carrie Kelley (author) from USA on August 14, 2019: You're welcome, Pat. Each puddle is poured in the centre of the last. You can pour, splatter, drip whatever you like! I have tried various recipes: 2 part floetrol, 1 part paint,1 part glue. do i add it to each color or the final cup prior to pouring? Carrie Kelley (author) from USA on January 02, 2020: Hi Linda, You're welcome! Something like this would be cool in the bottom of a serving tray if it could be sealed somehow. Since I was, in an instant, stricken from ever participating in my high-energy/impact activities to severely reduced and generally indoor activities, THIS has given me more headaches than knapping!! Have you ever wondered how to do a pour painting? Thanks! Hi Deby, Dampen your brush or foam sponge brush with water. We like Floetrol because it does everything well! I'm glad you've enjoyed it. Is the floetrol safe to use with students? I did my first acrylic pour with floetrol on a cheap Walmart canvas that I had started a scenery painting that I didn’t like. Here’s the paint and pouring medium recipe for this painting: Before getting started, cover your workspace with a plastic paint tarp, plastic sheeting or lawn size trash bags to keep your surface clean and make clean-up easier. Hi. Finding the perfect recipe will take some time and experimentation, but here is a good starting point: 1 part acrylic paint… To help contain the paint that will be dripping off the canvas, consider using an aluminum baking pan. It's a good idea to wear a dust mask while sanding. I just did a painting on an economy canvas. I use floetrol and Elmer’s glue along with silicone and dimethocone. Thanks so much. Iridescent Bright Silver looks pale gray when it's wet, but once it's dry, it'll have a beautiful metallic shine. ( semi gloss, gloss etc. It makes Paint Pouring art easy to use and perfect for beginners! I am keen on the cells. Why work with Floetrol in particular? Acrylic pouring is a fun and easy way to create one-of-a-kind works of art. What about crazing and cracking? Carrie Kelley (author) from USA on May 23, 2019: Thanks, Abigail. I hope I have enough Gesso. “Respirators” offer protection against harmful chemicals, vapors and mold spores. For tips on acrylic pouring and mistakes to avoid to help make your works more successful, see my article Acrylic Pour Painting Tips: A List for Beginners. The colorful paint drips on the side of the canvas can enhance the overall look of your painting. Flat Paint Brush or 2-3" Polyfoam Sponge Brush, Aluminum Baking Pan (Approximately 9.5" x 13.5"). The key thing is to know how to use a medium to improve your results and to find one that works well in your own creative process. 1 part floetrol, 1 part paint, 1 part glue. If you'd like to try different versions of the pour painting recipe, here are a few ideas: I hope you’ve found this tutorial informative and are inspired to try acrylic pouring. Shawnise, Your email address will not be published. I’ve also tried a torch. Mix everything carefully until it is a homogeneous liquid. I can understand why you fray away from resin due to the lack of an outdoor space. The color and consistency of craft acrylics can vary a lot by brand, so you might need to adjust the amount used. 1 part floetrol, 1 part paint, 1 part water. I'm glad you like it. I like the panel better than the canvas because of the paint slipping off the sides. If you use a canvas with staple-free edges, it can be displayed without a frame. Thank you! This write up of yours is excellent and has inspired me to give it a go. So I did another one but this time put a coat of paint on before hand and let it dry. Still had the same issue. 'Swipe' - Pouring the paint onto the canvas in lines, then using a damp paper towel swipe over the canvas to drag the colours on top of one another. Thanks again, What is a paint chip card? If you prefer a shallow profile, perhaps a thin wooden panel would work for you – no warping. I will say that I have to open windows in my studio while working with any type of medium or I get very dizzy and lightheaded. I have premixed paints 2 oz bottles do I add my cell maker straight into the bottles or do I pour in cups? Please kindly comment. What kind of silicon did you use and where I can get it?? Those don’t make cells by themselves. Thank You, Found very helpful an fun to watch.more fun to try ,i bet. These canvases are so beautiful !! Thanks again! Many people start out using canvases for their fluid art. Keeping the brush slightly damp will make it glide better. Thanks, Hai can anyone guide me the pour recipe by using decoart paints which are in the small containers. Below is a list of … Let that base coat dry. Some folks also have a preference for another brand, and so they don’t end up using Floetrol at all. Thank you Deb……I love the exciting unknown aspect of pouring…..eact one is different……can’t wait to begin…..have a wonderful Christmas and a Happy New Year…….????? What are you using to finish your paintings? 1. That's an interesting idea. I am sorry for all of the questions. I'm glad you've found it helpful. I honestly don’t think adding silicone more to one color than another is likely to affect how the colors behave. They can be done either way. Works great. Sign me enlightened old Army fart. and when do i add the silicone to a pour? I’ll give you a supplies list, my personal paint mixing recipe, tips on creating the ever popular cells and tell you about different pouring methods. It’s our recommended protective finish for your paintings. Small, air-tight plastic or glass containers can be used instead of plastic wrap and rubber bands, if you have them.