Acrylic Painting Funnel Pour Fail

As you may know by now, once I get started on something it’s hard for me to stop. And that is especially true when I think I’m on to something when it comes to pouring. So I decided to give that funnel pour another go! But as you might have deduced by the title, this story doesn’t have a happy ending. 

Supplies I Used:

As I’m still in the experimentally phase of this technique I wanted to use some tried and true colors that I knew wouldn’t be a total waste if it all came to mud. Sometimes you need a safe bet! Blue, yellow, and two greens were my colors this time around, and to avoid those strange wads this time around I adjusted my recipe a bit.

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What I usually do is add water, alcohol, and then glue, in that order (when I’m working with those ingredients) but this time I decided to treat it more like a baking recipe. When you’re baking, you, typically, do your wet and dry ingredients separately. So this time I treated my water and alcohol like my dry ingredients, adding them after my paint and glue were fully incorporated, and it worked! After I added the alcohol and water to the glue and paint it had a moment where it turned into a gooey ball but then it went right back to liquid with more stirring! Unfortunately, the little devil on my shoulder was insisting that it was too thick so in went more water—and it was far too much water. 

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I was worried about adding more glue and having chunks of it appear on the pour—a problem I’ve had in the past when it comes to adding more glue too late— and didn’t want to waste paint, so I proceeded with my paint water. I knew as soon as I added my yellow to the funnel that this was going to spill right off. I’m not even sure you can call what came of this mud, it really just slightly dirty water. 

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Dang! I was so sure that I was making a safe bet, but this just goes to show that you never know what’s going to come even with careful planning. I will not give up! I am far too interested in seeing where this funnel can take me. 


6 thoughts on “Acrylic Painting Funnel Pour Fail”

  1. Deborah Minogue

    Thanks for showing this pour. I have the same problem with lumps within the paint when I have mixed it to what I thought was the right consistency. I am learning but have had quite a few of these fails. What is causing this lumpy paint?

  2. Claire Vanfleteren

    ik heb het ook al voorgehad en waarschijnlijk komt het omdat je acryl verf te oud is of dat het dopje niet goed genoeg gesloten was, zodat er stukjes verf beginnen uit te drogen?
    Als ik zo’n tube heb werp ik die weg, of gebruik ik ze voor mijn andere schilderijen, met het palet of de borstel.
    Gebruik dus even een nieuwe tube.
    groetjes uit België

  3. Claire Vanfleteren

    I try to write it in English.
    I already had it and probably it is because your acrylic paint is too old or the cap was not closed properly enough, so that pieces of paint start to dry out?
    If I have such a tube, I throw it away or use it for my other paintings, with the palette or brush.
    So use a new tube for a moment.
    greetings from Belgium

  4. Hi. I am from Pakistan and a beginner in acrylic pouring. I have been using PVA glue and silicone oil but disappointed as no cells are formed instead it cracks. Where am I going wrong? Are there different kind of silicone oils??I dont have the torch either. What else can I use to create cells. We dont get any alcoholic material here so that is out of question. Can we use perfume?

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