Using all my leftover paints in a dirty pour

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It’s leftovers day! All the little bits and pieces of paint I have left over and saved in little pots and the paint in the bottom of the bottles, it’s all being dumped in one colorful project to use them all up. Let’s see what we can make with the leftovers that aren’t enough to make a project or painting on their own. This painting almost feels like it’s free.

Using leftover acrylic paints for a dirty pour. How to make cells in acrylic paint video tutorial

Usually, leftovers day signals a swipe – you can see one I did here using up my leftover paint. But this time I thought I would mix it up a bit, add in a degree of uncertainty and unpredictability by adding all the leftovers into one dirty pour cup. That way, not only do we get all the colors from the leftovers, but we make a lot more colors too, by mixing them all together in a single big dirty pour cup. Anything could happen!

Materials used in this painting:
Art Alternatives acrylics
Blick Student Acrylics
plus random other paints
Treadmill belt silicone oil
Canvas from economy pack
8oz squeeze bottles
4oz cups with lids
Polycrylic gloss protective finish

Recipe for this painting:
All paints were (most likely) mixed approx 2 parts paint, 1 part Floetrol plus water as needed to consistency. A couple of drops of the silicone oil in each color.

Well I have to say I am very pleasantly surprised how nicely this one turned out. You never know when using up a myriad of random leftovers what exactly will happen when they all mix together, but wow, it’s great! Some metallics, a little sparkle from the iridescent glitter, and a nice range of colors with none that don’t fit well with the others. I encourage you to do something similar. Don’t waste paints. Save up all the little bits and pieces you don’t use in small cups with lids (see our pouring page on Amazon for supplies) and then one day get them all out and create a leftovers pour  🙂

As usual, here is a slideshow of photos of this pour, both wet and dry, and close-ups of the details. It will be for sale in my Etsy store here.

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4 thoughts on “Using all my leftover paints in a dirty pour”

  1. Amazing what you can do with leftovers! Beautiful!
    What size canvas and what size cup do you usually use?

    Thanks for the videos!

    1. This one was a 11 by 14 inch and I think the cup is 10 ounces. I usually just eyeball it rather than mix a particular volume per canvas.

  2. I would like to varnish a pour that I’ve done but I used silicone oil to make the cells, do I need to clean the canvas first and what do you suggest I use to clean it. What could happen if I didn’t clean it?
    Thanks for all your help as usual.

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