Acrylic Pouring with Floetrol – Recipe Included!

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If you love the detail and the science behind how paints and their additives react together, then you should check out this one about Floetrol and subscribe to Danny’s channel – he has a lot of interesting ideas and tips for pouring.

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30 thoughts on “Acrylic Pouring with Floetrol – Recipe Included!”

  1. I’ve just started doing pours, and because I didn’t have the proper supplies my work didn’t get the large cells I wanted! I’m really excited to produce better pours now that I’ve gotten better educated by watching this video!!

  2. Hello,
    Which type of Floetrol and which type of Elmer’s glue do you use in your pours? There are multiple versions of each, and I can’t figure out which ones to buy.
    BTW: I love your videos and your pour results. Thanks for the recipes, too!

      1. Hi Deby,
        Thank you very much for this information! I’ve been using a different variety of Floetrol, and wonder if that’s the reason why my ‘pours’ haven’t been working very well.
        I’m ordering this right now, along with the Elmer’s Glue-All, so I will at least have the same products.
        Thanks again,

  3. can I use the silicon seal that is used for stone tiles? How much would i use?
    added this twice, forgot to add notify me on the bottom and submitted it.

    1. Hi Barb, no that is not the same thing at all. That is more like a silicone rubber but you need a silicone oil. The treadmill belt lubricant is a firm favorite with most painters, but you can use any of the oil based products we have in the store here.

  4. Confused about which flood floetrol to get they all have same numbers and added different at the end. So I called Flood Co. and was told all flood floetrol is the same.

    1. Yes they are all the same. Don’t worry about the different packaging, different colored bottles etc. They have changed up their packaging recently but the product inside is the same.

    1. There is nothing that is absolutely safe for everyone to use. People have so many unusual sensitivities these days. Even paint can cause irritation, skin problems and breathing problems for some people. I suggest contacting the manufacturer for details of ingredients and potential hazards, and get all participants in any craft activity to sign a liability waiver.

  5. hi! would WD-40 silicone lubricant work? and when do i add the silicone to a pour?

    do i add it to each color or the final cup prior to pouring?

    thank you!

    1. It can work in a pinch, but its slightly yellowing and does have other chemical ingredients. I suggest investing in treadmill lubricant instead. You can get it in the UK here. Best to add a drop or two to each color as you mix them, and before pouring.

  6. Thank you for sharing this info, very informative. I have a question about other flow mediums such as
    Liquitex Professional Pouring Effects, Golden Acrylic Polymer GAC-800 and some people use RainX. Do these help in the creating different effects on cells? Are they used in combination with Flood floetrol?

    Thank you.

    1. Floetrol, pouring medium and GAC800 would all be used to thin the paints without weakening them by adding too much water. Those don’t make cells by themselves. Rainx would be one of the additives you might want to use to try to create cells. I have a couple of useful tables for you. This first one is possible pouring mediums, and this second one is for additives to make cells.

  7. Have you ever had problems with the paint not sticking to the sides of the canvas? I did my first acrylic pour with floetrol on a cheap Walmart canvas that I had started a scenery painting that I didn’t like. So it already has several coats of paint. It turned out great. Bought some new canvas that are triple primed. Little better quality. I assumed since it was triple primed no need to coat it. Did my pour and the paint basically slid off the sides and did not stick at all. It almost look like I poured extremely watered down paint on the sides. So I did another one but this time put a coat of paint on before hand and let it dry. Still had the same issue. Do you think it is an issue with the canvas or do I need to put multiple coats on before I do the pour? Again I did not have this issue with the very first one I did.

    1. I totally agree. I just did a painting on an economy canvas. Two of the sides were perfect, on the other two sides, the paint just would NOT stick. The paint was the same so the only difference was there must have been some sort of oil or coating on those two sides than stopped the paint from sticking. I had to baby sit it for an hour, picking up the spill and repainting those two sides until it would stick. Very disappointing and I’m not entirely sure what caused it.

        1. Sure you can. The ones in the small lidded pots I generally keep about a month and then use up all the little bits and pieces in a leftovers pour. The paints in the squeeze bottles last for ages. Some have been mixed up in there for months. A quick shake and they are good to use again. These are the bottles I like to use.

  8. I’m new to this acrylic pouring…..I was under the empression that I could use PVA glue and a little water to thin the paint and the a couple of sprays of WD40 to get the required cells……would this work Deb?……I don’t have a lot of money to splurge……☹️

  9. Thank you Deb……I love the exciting unknown aspect of pouring…..eact one is different……can’t wait to begin…..have a wonderful Christmas and a Happy New Year…….🎄💜💕💜🎄

  10. How does the amount of silicone affect the cells? The above video, he used ten drops in two colors and five drops in the other two. However, I didn’t see a dramatic difference. In fact, you can barely see the gold color and the pink was all over the place as was the aqua/teal. Is the pour order more important then, than the amount of silicone?

    1. I honestly don’t think adding silicone more to one color than another is likely to affect how the colors behave. Its more about their density and how you layer them in the cup, as you mention. But it can be interesting to experiment and give it a try. What if you had 4 colors. In one test, add silicone equally to all the colors. In the other test, add add the silicone to one of the colors and not the others. That would be a pretty dramatic difference. Then flip both cups and see what happens.

  11. What kind of panels do you use?? Where do you purchase them? I like the panel better than the canvas because of the paint slipping off the sides

    1. I don’t personally recommend using the canvas panels with pouring because of the likelihood that they will warp under the dampness of the acrylic paint as it dries. Then your painting moves and any design is ruined. They are OK for practice and testing, but its very disappointing to do a nice pour and then find it goes all out of shape. If you prefer a shallow profile, perhaps a thin wooden panel would work for you – no warping.

  12. Thank YOU!!!! I have tried so many other videos without success. But yours worked like a charm. I love how you weighed the floetrol and paints and water, instead of doing wet measurements. First one of mine needs a bit of tweaking because I used a really small board, but that is only a question of cutting down amounts for that size. I am just happy as can be. I am a CGI artist and the difference between it and wet mediums is so different. Thanks again!!!

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