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Helpful Tips for Acrylic Pouring Painting

There are 3 different acrylic pouring painting techniques to try with this tutorial which has been created by Daler-Rowney artist Jenny Muncaster. Jenny's acrylic pouring for beginners guides are easy to follow and you will be amazed with the results!

Getting started: Before you start any pouring painting projects, make sure you protect your worksurface as this technique can get messy! A plastic sheet or a tablecloth or a bin bag is useful which can be used again. A jar lid under your artboard helps to elevate it and keep it up and out of the tilted off paint.  Use a washable tray or plate to catch any drips, (an aluminium foil or baking tray also works well). For further acrylic pour projects a baking tray and rack is handy to have in your toolkit!

Drying: in most cases artwork will be touch dry in 24 hours, but it can sometimes take longer depending on how thick the paint is on the board. It is recommended to place wet paintings on plastic (a bag or tray) or a baking sheet, rather than paper to prevent the wet paint sticking to the surface as it dries. Make sure the surface is level, so the paint settles and dries evenly.  
Excess paint drips: Any acrylic paint that drips off can be peeled away when dry and used as a ‘skin’. These can be used for other art and craft projects like jewellery and collages.
Be experimental: Every time you do an acrylic pour painting it will provide a totally unique effect. Why not try out different colour combinations – you never know what you will get!
The materials in your kit
  • 6 x 18ml Pots of Simply Acrylic Pouring Paint (Black, White, Magenta, Light Blue, Medium Yellow, Violet)
  • 3 x Simply Artboards 10x10cm
Please add
  • 1 x Jar Lid
  • 1 x Washable Tray or Plate
  • 2 x Plastic Cups
  • 1 x Piece of Cardboard
  • 1 x Kitchen Fork

Pour Painting - Pouring Puddle

A puddle pour involves dropping paint colours one on top of the other to create solid colour patterns. 

Step 1

Create a solid base colour

Pour an amount of Black paint on your board to act as a solid base colour, enough to cover it evenly. This wet base layer will help to improve the flow of the subsequent colourful puddles.

Step 2

Spread the base layer

Spread the base layer paint out evenly over the entire board. A strip of cardboard makes a good spreader tool.

Step 3

Introduce contrasting colour puddles

While your base colour is still wet, choose a contrasting colour and drop small puddles of paint, leaving some spaces in between.

Step 4

Create more colour puddles

Create more puddles using contrasting colours to fill the spaces. Expand these puddles by pouring additional colours into the centre of each puddle.

Step 5

Repeat puddle pouring

Repeat this process until you are happy with the pouring painting design. 

Step 6

Tilt your board to stretch the pattern

Try tilting your board while the paint is wet to stretch the pattern until a desirable composition is achieved. Place artwork on a flat surface and allow to dry. Recommended 48 hours for total dry.  

Simply Acrylic Paint

Daler-Rowney Simply Acrylic Paints are a perfect starting point for artists and hobbyists looking to experiment with acrylics. These soft-body water-based colours can be used straight from the tube, wet easily onto the surface, and can be thinned with water.

Simply Acrylic pouring paints

Simply Canvas

Daler-Rowney Simply Canvases feature a medium grain textured 250gsm acid free canvas, triple primed and ready for use which is available in a comprehensive range of shapes and sizes.

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Pouring Painting with a Fork

A simple and effective fluid art technique that is fun to do creating patterns on your painting with a fork!

Step 1

Drizzle white paint

Start by drizzling lines of White paint across the width of your board. About 5 or 6 stripes evenly spaced.

Step 2

Add coloured stripes

Drizzle even stripes of Blue next to the white paint allowing some space for a third colour.

Step 3

Repeat with another colour

Repeat the design with ellow stripes filling in the gaps.

Step 4

Fork comb your pattern

Take a kitchen fork and starting at one edge gently drag the fork prongs through the paint towards the other end to create a pattern. Experiment with ‘worming’ the fork across for an interesting pattern effect. You may need to hold on to the board with your other hand to stop it shifting while you drag the fork across the paint. 

Step 5

Repeat across the board

Repeat this fork technique across the board. 

Step 6

Tilt your design

Try tilting the canvas while the paint is wet to create further movement and effect. Place artwork on a flat surface and allow to dry. Recommended 48 hours for total dry.  

Simply Acrylic Paint

Daler-Rowney Simply Acrylic Paints are a perfect starting point for artists and hobbyists looking to experiment with acrylics. These soft-body water-based colours can be used straight from the tube, wet easily onto the surface, and can be thinned with water.

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Simply Canvas

Daler-Rowney Simply Canvases feature a medium grain textured 250gsm acid free canvas, triple primed and ready for use which is available in a comprehensive range of shapes and sizes.

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Pouring Art - Flip Cup Painting

Multiple layers of coloured paint in a cup. Flipping the cup upside down and releasing the paint creates amazing and surprising effects!
 
Tip: leave this flip cup painting technique until you have tried the others and make use of the leftover white paint and the pot it’s in for flipping! 

Step 1

Add white paint to your cup

Start with a small amount of white paint in the bottom of the cup. White is often used to begin the layers as it is denser and more likely to create ‘cells’ as you flip the colours. 

Step 2

Layer colours

Pour the other colours one by one on top of each other in the cup to create a layered effect. The order here is: White, Violet, Blue, Yellow, Pink and Black. 

Step 3

Place the board over the cup

Holding the cup of colour in one hand, place the board upside down over the cup, the board will act as a lid so the paint does not spill out. Hold the board and cup together as you flip them over.

Step 4

Allow the paint to settle

The cup is now upside down on the board with the paint still in the cup. Wait a few moments for the paint to settle.

Step 5

Lift the cup gradually

Gradually lift the cup and release the paint, give it a gentle swirl as you do so to encourage distribution. If there are a few drips in the cup why not drop them over the artwork to create further effects. Let the paint flow toward the edges of the board, some excess may fall off the edges but this is ok.  

Step 6

Tilt the board

A strip of folded cardboard is useful for cradling the corners of the board to catch excess paint flow as you tip the board. Repeat this technique for each corner if necessary. Place artwork on a flat surface and allow to dry. Recommended 48 hours for total dry.  

Simply Acrylic Paint

Daler-Rowney Simply Acrylic Paints are a perfect starting point for artists and hobbyists looking to experiment with acrylics. These soft-body water-based colours can be used straight from the tube, wet easily onto the surface, and can be thinned with water.

MORE

Simply Canvas

Daler-Rowney Simply Canvases feature a medium grain textured 250gsm acid free canvas, triple primed and ready for use which is available in a comprehensive range of shapes and sizes.

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About the artist:

The artist Jenny Muncaster is a graduate of the Winchester School of Art and has a studio in Winchester, The Colour Factory Studios and Gallery, which she set up in 1994.