Acrylic Paint Pouring Basics DIY


Paint Pouring is a fun way to make out-of-this-world abstract paintings — if you don’t mind making a bit of a mess! Mixing normal acrylic paint with a special additive called “Floetro”’ allows colors to run and flow along with each other instead of mixing together as they normally would. With these properties, amazing shapes and cells will form on each painting in unpredictable ways.


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Rags/Paper Towels to clean up your inevitable messes


Step 1: Clear the floor around the area you are working and lay down newspaper/cardboard to minimize messes. An unobstructed flat surface is recommended to reduce any paint spillage.

Step 2: Fill a Dixie cup 1/2 way with your first color and 1/2 with Floetrol and mix together thoroughly. Repeat for as many colors as you want to add to the painting.

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TIP: Bigger paintings will mean more paint needed to cover it. The painting shown in this tutorial took around 15 small cups full to completely cover.

TIP PART II: Through experimentation I have found that extra white paint creates more vibrant paintings. I usually use two small cups of white paint and one cup of each different color. Feel free to experiment of course! *



Step 3: Pour all smaller cups of paint into one larger cup. The Floetrol causes the paints not to mix, allowing the paints to stay vibrant and not muddy up.

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TIP: Through experimentation, I have found that pouring your paints in from lightest to darkest colors works well! Sometimes I will switch it up — pouring my paints lightest to darkest as normal, but then adding another layer of white on the top! 



Step 4: Pour paint onto canvas, covering all four corners if possible before setting painting on flat surface.

TIP: Flip canvas upside down and place your cup on the surface. Flip back up with cup pressed against the canvas to contain all paint inside the cup to move around more easily, and not make as much of a mess.


Step 5: Let the painting sit on a FLAT surface for 24+ hours so paint can dry. Watch as cells appear and how the different colors interact with each other.

TIP: Paint on the back of the painting will still probably be wet after the initial 24 hours. It’s usually best to flip the painting up and let it sit for another 24 hours to ensure all surfaces are dry before hanging.


Step 6: Hang and enjoy your sick homemade art! Hang on a east-facing wall to bring the most balance to your room.

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TIP: Apply a gloss finish to your painting to especially dazzle art critics. * PIC FLOW 003


ADDITIONAL TOP SECRET TIP: Mix silicon into your paints to create additional cells in your paintings. I don’t personally do this, so not too sure, but it’s always good to experiment.