Acrylic Pouring for Beginners

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

Can art beginners acrylic pour?

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

There are numerous acrylic pouring videos and courses you can learn from on YouTube and online.

Our fluid art for beginners course is a great starting tool for people who have never done art before and want to give it a go.

Here is how you acrylic pour at home:

What you need

You only need ten simple items to start.

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

Setting up your space

Paint pouring can be a messy art activity., but 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 all over your house.

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 choice.

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 mixes for the canvas that you are using.

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

It all depends on the size.

To mix, simply add the acrylic paint, floetrol and water.

The ratio we use is, two parts paint, to one part floetrol, and a splash of water.

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.

There are numerous styles of acrylic pouring.

Here is a list of a few popular ways:

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 floetrol.

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 is a take on the swipe and blow technique. You lay the paint in ocean hues, swipe carefully to mix them across the canvas. Lay white lines and blow the 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 homes

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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