Paint Pouring: Fluid Acrylic “How To”

"Vertigo" Melanie Tassone, 2014
“Vertigo”
Melanie Tassone, 2014

Here is the list of materials needed for paint pouring:

Blank Canvas
Blank Canvas
Acrylic Paint
Acrylic Paint
Paint Dropper Bottles
Paint Dropper Bottles
Gesso
Gesso
Liquitex Pouring Medium
Liquitex Pouring Medium

Step 1: It is best to double coat your blank canvas in gesso. This keeps your paint from soaking into your canvas, which will dull your paint color. Allow the gesso to dry for at least 24 hours before painting! You can buy gesso at any art store. I’m brand loyal to Liquitex, which is more expensive, but it is the best quality. Make sure to clean your brushed thoroughly after applying the gesso!

Step 2: Time to prepare your paint medium. You will create a 1:1 ratio of acrylic paint and Liquitex pouring medium into your paint dropper bottles. Make sure it is an even mix or your paint will be too runny! If you cannot find paint dropper bottles, you can easily use recyclable water bottles (what I use). Also, you can find Liquitex pouring medium at Wal-Mart, Amazon, or any art store for a decent price. This is key for pouring paint because the medium keeps the vibrancy of the paint after it is dried. Do not mix your paint with water! It will not give you the results you are looking for.

Step 3: Pre-plan the colors you will use and where you will pour them onto your canvas. Make sure you are painting on an even surface! Prepare your paint in advance so you will not have to mix another color in the middle of the paint pouring process. Cover the entire canvas in paint and be creative with how the flow of your paint looks by tilting the canvas in any direction you want. The results are in your hands!

Be creative and the results will be just as unique as you are. 🙂

Hope this helps, and happy painting!

Melanie Tassone

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