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Doing an acrylic paint pour is a fun DIY project and creates a wonderful piece of art for your home. 

For this project, we’re using a 6-inch by 8-inch canvas and four colors of acrylic paint.

It’s going to be a nice desktop piece.

Acrylic paint pour on canvas

Acrylic Paint Pour

So what is acrylic paint pouring? Well, it’s a painting technique to create works of art by pouring acrylic paint onto a canvas.

Pretty simple, right? It might even be easier than painting walls and ceilings, trim, and you won’t have to fix paint drips either!

So today, we’re showing how to create an acrylic paint pour. Exciting!

Add glitter to the piece of art

Materials:

In case you’re wondering, our paint colors are Apricot, Sunny Day, Harvest Orange, and Pale Daffodil.

Materials for acrylic paint pour such as paint, canvas, pouring medium and tools needed.

Directions:

Setup Workspace


Place two disposable cups upside down in a large pan or on a plastic drop cloth.

Acrylic pour set up with canvas on top of plastic cups which are in a glass pan to catch acrylic paint drips

Lay the canvas on the cups.

Acrylic pour set up with canvas on top of plastic cups which are in a glass pan to catch acrylic paint drips

Mix Acrylic Paint and Medium


Pour 1 tablespoon of each color paint into 4 separate cups.

Acrylic paint and cups

Tip: Use a separate spoon or stir stick for each color.

Acrylic paint in clear plastic cups with pink plastic spoons

Add 1 tablespoon of the medium into each of the 4 cups.

Acrylic paint and pouring medium

Make sure to clean the measuring spoon between paint colors and before adding the pouring medium.

Adding the pouring medium into cups with acrylic paint.

Stir each cup well to combine the paint and medium.

Acrylic paint and medium in plastic cups

Mixed acrylic paint and pouring medium.

Pour Paint Onto Canvas


Pour 1 of the colors onto the canvas.

Make sure you sluff it across the canvas and use even the last few drops of paint.

Pouring the first acrylic paint color mixed with the pouring medium onto the canvas.

Repeat with the second color, pouring it next to the first color on the canvas.

Then repeat again with the remaining colors.

Pouring remaining colors of acrylic paint and medium onto the canvas.

Over The Canvas Edges


After all 4 cups are empty, lift the canvas a tiny bit and begin tilting the canvas to make the paint flow over the entire canvas and all of the edges.

Tilting the canvas to flow the paint over the entire surface and edges

Get your canvas here.

Add Glitter


Add glitter where the lines of paint meet and other areas of the canvas as you desire.

Acrylic paint pour art.

Allow the canvas to dry for up to 48 hours.

Don’t be tempted to touch it or you might leave a fingerprint in the paint.

Acrylic paint pour art with light brown, orange, and red colors swirled across the canvas

Large Canvas Acrylic Paint Pour


You can certainly use a larger canvas for your paint pour.

The only thing you’d need to adjust is the amount of paint and pouring medium.

Of course, you’ll also want to make sure you have a large enough catch basin or spread cardboard and painters drop cloths if you want to make a really large canvas paint pour.

Acrylic paint pour art with light brown, orange, and red colors swirled across the canvas
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Acrylic Paint Pour

An acrylic paint pour on canvas. Learn how to pour acrylic paints onto canvas to make a beautiful piece of art.
Active Time20 mins
Yield: 1 Acrylic paint pour canvas
Author: Scrappy Geek
Cost: $4

Equipment

  • 6 Disposable cups
  • 5 Disposable spoons or stir sticks
  • Pan or plastic drop cloths

Materials

  • 1 Canvas - 6"x8"
  • 4 Tablespoons Acrylic paint use 4 complementary colors
  • 4 Tablespoons Paint pouring medium
  • 2 Pinches Gold glitter

Instructions

  • Place two cups upside down in a pan or on plastic drop cloth. Lay canvas on top of the cups
  • Add one tablespoon of each paint to a separate cup
  • Add one tablespoon of paint pouring medium to each cup of paint, mix each cup well
  • Pour paint onto canvas one color at a time. Pour each color next to the one before it. Repeat until you've used all the paint
  • Lift the canvas a little bit and tilt around until the entire canvas and edges are covered in paint
  • Add glitter where two colors of paint meet and as desired
  • Allow to dry for up to 48 hours
  • Display in your home

Video

Notes

Mixture for the paint pouring medium we got is 1:1 ratio. Check your paint pouring medium bottle for instructions.
Use a larger canvas as well as more paint and pouring medium for bigger works of art.

 

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