Acrylic Pouring for Beginners – Basic Instructions


Acrylic pouring is a fun painting technique resulting in abstract works of art.

Even those who have no painting and drawing skills/experience can create beautiful abstract paintings.

The key to a successful acrylic pour is using the correct paints, mediums & mixing techniques.

After that, the fun begins!

Materials Needed:

* Zelcraft Acrylic Craft Paint

* CA Acrylic Pouring Medium ***This product is exclusively available at Crafty Arts***

* Silicone drop 

* small canvas panels or, 3mm MDF coasters (for testing your paint mix & techniques)

* Canvas (preferably thick or thin boxed canvas)

* Plastic table cloth or black bags (to cover your painting surface as pouring gets super messy)

* Polystyrene, plastic or paper cups

* Craft Sticks or plastic spoons

* Water

* Shot Glass

What is the CA Acrylic Pouring Medium for?

Acrylic craft paints are not inherently pourable and crazing, chipping or flaking may result if the paint is thinned/diluted with only water. An acrylic ‘conditioner’ or binder is needed to prevent this from happening. CA Acrylic Pouring Medium prevents the loss of film strength when ‘thinning’ the paint down to a pourable viscosity and it improves the flow rate. It is a locally produced medium that acts as a wonderful substitute to Floetrol and other imported pouring mediums.

Mixing the paint:

* Decant the paints into your mixing cups

* Shake your CA Acrylic Pouring Medium well

* Add approx a half teaspoon of CA Acrylic Pouring Medium to each paint cup

* Stir each paint mixture well, adding more CA Acrylic Pouring Medium as needed, until the paint mixture is slightly thicker than melted ice-cream. Make sure there are no lumps.

* Add approx a half teaspoon of water to each cup. Stir well & add more water if needed. The paint mixture needs to run off of a spoon in a nice even flow without being too ‘watery’

* Add the silicone drops OR Bastion Cell Former to each paint cup (EXCEPT to white paint). Silicone Drops Ratio: 5 drops /60ml paint. Bastion Cell Former Ratio: 2ml/100ml paint). Gently fold the silicone/cell former into the paint – do not whisk or stir briskly!

Beginner’s Pouring Technique – The Dirty Pour:

Use your small canvas panels or 3mm MDF coasters to try the following basic technique. Remember to cover your work surface with plastic, black bags or newspaper. This can get very messy! TIP: Beer boxes are wonderful to use as a small work surface for small pours & testing techniques!

The Dirty Pour

* Pour small quantities of your paint mixes into a shot glass – the sequence of colours is up to you!

* Place your canvas or coaster on top of the shotglass & flip it over while keeping the glass against the canvas/coaster.

* Gently place your canvas/coaster on a flat surface.

* Give it a few seconds & lift the shot glass off of the canvas/coaster. Voila!

Once you feel comfortable with this technique, try it on a larger canvas. Just remember – the larger the canvas, the larger your ‘dirty pour’ cup will need to be. If the canvas is to big to handle (with flipping it over while holding the cup in place), simply place your canvas onto your work surface & quickly flip your ‘dirty cup’ onto the canvas.