Acrylic Pouring

Acrylic Pouring

Acrylic paint is one of the most versatile paints there is, because you can apply many different techniques. A technique that has become increasingly popular recently is acrylic pouring. But what is it exactly, what do you need and how do you do it? You can read all about it here!

What is Acrylic Pouring?
Acrylic Pouring is also called pouring art or fluid art and is a very fun way to create unique art with acrylic paint. It is tremendously easy to do, really anyone can do it! Acrylic pouring is a painting technique where you have to dilute the acrylic paint with pouring medium, so it becomes liquid and you can pour it on the canvas. You can also do it on wood or glass, for example. It is a very simple and fun way to make your own abstract art.

What do you need?
For acrylic pouring, the main supplies are of course the acrylic paint, pouring medium or pouring fluid and the substrate. You can use any kind of acrylic paint you like, in any color. If you have already mastered acrylic pouring and want to try something new, you can add oil to make nice big cells in your acrylic pouring painting. You can do this with a Dimethicone or Silicone oil. To get the air bubbles out of your canvas and to make the cells, you can use a simple creme brulee torch. 

How to do it?
First protect your table with plastic, it can still be a mess namely. Now mix your paint with the pouring medium and possibly 2 or 3 drops of oil. Now put different colors of your paint mixture layer by layer in a cup. Pour the cup empty over the canvas. Lift your canvas and carefully move it back and forth so that the paint is spread. After this, go over it with a blowtorch to make the cells come out and to have the air bubbles removed.

After this, let the paint dry thoroughly. This can take quite a while, depending on how thick the layers of paint are, think days or even weeks. When the paint is thoroughly dry you can carefully remove the oil with a sponge, some dreft and water. Finally, finish your canvas with varnish. Use one that does not yellow. 

Acrylic Pour is an experimental technique, anyone can do it, but you never have complete control. So it’s also to be expected that the first few don’t quite work out, but don’t give up, practice makes perfect! Once you get the hang of it, it’s an incredibly easy and fun way to use acrylic paint. Good luck!