Introduction to Paint Pouring



I’m in love with painting and I completely understand the appeal of “Paint Nights” because most likely you’re surrounded by other beginners who love to drink wine and have a few laughs, even at their own expense. We’ve seen a couple of paint pouring parties advertised and, since it was a technique new to both of us, we decided to give it a try ourselves and see if it was as messy it looked.

The verdict? Possibly, but with a little bit of quick and easy preparation, it only took a few minutes to clean up. During our first trial run, we used the method with Elmer’s Glue, distilled water and Artist’s Loft acrylic paint. The first attempt worked but our consistency might have been a bit off and it didn’t turn out how we wanted it to. The finished product was not a keeper.

For the second trial, we used Artist’s Loft acrylic paint and each tried a different medium. R. Dolly used two parts of the Elmer’s glue medium with no added water and I used Liquitex gloss medium with no added water. We liked how the Liquitex flowed, but were not happy with the finished product. The Elmer’s Glue medium had a better finished product with this trial. We chose to create a beach scene. The tutorial can be found on our Simple Swipe Paint Pouring article. 

For the third attempt, we purchased Wagner Paint Easy paint conditioner as the pouring medium. It’s similar to Floetrol (according to different forums we read) and was easily available at Rona. We also used the acrylic paint from the dollar store as it had a thinner consistency. This attempt turned out much better. See the step by step tutorial on the Dirty Pour to try this for yourself. 

For our next attempt we’ll order in Floetrol at the local paint store, pick up some mis-tinted latex paint, add the silicone and see how that turns out. One of our friends works at a local paint store and mentioned that artists in the community use small cans of latex paint for paint pouring and we were intrigued.

The most important parts are getting your paint to the correct consistency and do not overstir. If you overstir, you will end up with bubbles in your finished product. Depending on what brand of acrylic paint you use, you’re going to have to switch up the amount of medium. Here’s the video that helped us get the proper consistency.

The most important thing to remember is be creative and have fun! There is no real right or wrong way to paint pour. Pour your paint out of a cup, through a colander, use layers to create a landscape, utilize negative space or completely freestyle it with a dirty pour (or two).


~C. Dolly~

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