Acrylic Paint Pouring for Beginners

Everything you need to begin your paint pouring journey

Acrylic pouring is one of the easiest and most satisfying art techniques. There is a reason its interest worldwide has skyrocketed.

Create fun and easy paint pouring art yourself at home by learning:

  1. Beginners acrylic pouring
  2. What you need to buy to start
  3. How to get set up to acrylic pour
  4. What colours to choose
  5. How to mix your paint
  6. The popular techniques for beginners

Can art beginners acrylic pour?

Yes! Beginners can pick this style of painting up quickly. There are just some key supplies and tips you need to be aware of.

You can learn in this article, but if you are more of a visual learner we recommend watching our YouTube video below:

Here is how you acrylic pour at home:

You only need ten simple items to start.

Those are:
• Acrylic paint (student grade paint is ideal)
• Pouring medium e.g. liquitex, floetrol or PVA glue (we recommend floetrol)
• Reusable plastic cups
• Popsticks for stirring
• Canvases
• A straw
• Drip mats
• Apron
• A box to catch the dripping paint
• Gloves

Optional extra items include silicone and a blow torch. This will increase the cells in your artwork.

Setting up your space

Paint pouring can be a messy art activity… but trust me – it’s so worth it!

Set up a space you are happy to work in, and a well ventilated space with drip mat to catch those pesky paint drips!

Next set up a box, with two standing cups and a canvas carefully resting on top.

This creates a good way to pour and allow the paint to drop off into the box without going anywhere else.

Once you are protected with an apron, paint clothes and gloves. It is time to plan your pour painting!

Colour choices

Make sure you put a lot of thought into your colour choices. Because this makes a big difference in the outcome.

If you just go ahead without planning your pour and use colours which don’t mix well then you can end up with art which looks brown and “muddy” or dull.

This is not always the case, but you have a better chance of an attractive mix if you plan it first.

You can find inspiration on Instagram and Pinterest, by searching titles like, “fluid art”, “acrylic pouring” or “acrylic pour” for example.

You can also find inspiration literally all around you for fluid art look deeper into the water, your coffee, the sunset. Colour and shapes inspiration is everywhere.

Mixing your paint

With your clean cup ready, place a small amount of paint in each separate cup.

You only want to make enough paint mix for the canvas that you are using.

If your canvas is tiny you only need to use half a cup of paint mix, if your canvas is medium you will need two – three half cups and if your canvas is large you will need 2 to 3 full cups.

How much paint mix you prepare all depends on the size of your canvas.

To mix, simply add the acrylic paint, pouring medium and water.

The ratio we use is, a 50:50 paint to pouring medium plus a splash of water.

Also known as “one part” paint, to “one part” pouring medium, and a splash of water.

Make sure you mix thoroughly.

The best idea to go by is the consistency, you want the paint to be a pouring consistency. Like pouring crepe batter or pouring cream for example.

Please note* You can also just buy pouring medium which gives you instructions on the pack, or acrylic paint already mixed with pouring medium, or you can use PVA glue if you want to save money.

Make sure you do your research on how to use these different choices as the ratios will differ for each.

Here is a list of a few popular methods of acrylic pouring

There are numerous styles of acrylic pouring, here are the techniques we have picked out as the best for beginners.

Flip cup

Paint is prepared separately in cups and then poured and layered into one cup. Which is then turned upside down on the canvas and lifted to reveal abstract, exciting results.

The colours used below are: gold, magenta, turquoise, dark purple and dark royal blue and white.

Blow technique

First you mix up your paints in separate cups, including a range of coloured paints and one for the background. Mix them up as per usual mix with pouring medium.

Then prepare your canvas with the thin layer of background paint.

Next proceed to pour lines over a canvas with the coloured paint.

Coloured paint is best layered on a plain background such as white or black.

Next you blow these lines of paint, which creates effects with the paint colours mixing.

Dip technique

The prepared paint is simply poured in lines straight onto baking paper or a lining on the bottom of your box. Then the canvas is dipped in the paint to reveal instant effects.

Tree ring pour

Prepare the paint colours in separate cups, then add each colour into one cup, layering one after another. Now you pour the paint slowly onto your canvas.

A slow careful pour results in a rolling effect with the paint. Surprisingly easy to master. You just need to pour slowly and carefully in the same place.

Waves style

Waves in acrylic pouring is our new take on the swipe and blow technique. You just need to pour the paint in ocean hues, swipe carefully to mix them across the canvas.

Next, pour white lines and blow them as though they were making waves.

Swipe technique

Paint is poured in lines on the canvas. from the top of the canvas, card is placed in the paint and lightly dragged across the canvas to reveal many cells with colours bleeding through the top colour.

Addictive, abstract and popular for home decor

It is no wonder why this art form is so popular. It is fun, quick, easy to master and gives professional results in minutes.

Enjoy creating your own and finding your fluid art flare!

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