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Autumn or Fall Warm Colors in a Flip Cup

After so much painting with blues and greens recently or really bright primary colors, I fancied a change. I picked a much warmer and muted color palette for this one. My second ever canvas. No crazy experiments, just some painting for fun today.

Video. Acrylic pouring or flow art. Using a flip cup dirty pour with rich autumn colors to create a gorgeous abstract painting with cells.

I used:

  • Lemon Yellow
  • Orange
  • Warm Red
  • Burnt Umber

All of the paints were pre-mixed into my squeezy bottles this time. I love using these bottles. SO easy to mix up the paint in all advance and then it’s ready to go when I get time to paint. It’s accurate so if I want to create swipes I can easily apply the paint exactly where I want it, or squeeze the bottle hard to create a jet of paint into my cup and get those colors mixing.

I used my usual mix recipe of:

The only different thing I try today, other than different colors, is a double flip. I flip the cup, then I flip it back again, then back facing down. In hindsight it was probably a bit too much and would explain why the painting came out so very orange. I overmixed the red and the yellow paints to create even more orange, when it may have looked better if they had stayed more ‘pure’ to the original colors.

Anyway, take a look at how I got on today  🙂

What a lovely result. It does feel warm, almost comforting to look at. Subtle, not so much in your face as some of my earlier pours. I’m very happy with it.

Check out the slideshow below for more photos, both wet and dry, and closes ups of the details. This one is so calming.

11 thoughts on “Autumn or Fall Warm Colors in a Flip Cup”

  1. Hi Deby
    I have just discovered your site. I am so excited to get started with acrylic pours.
    Thank you for your informative and helpful comments.
    Have you tried alcohol inks? If so, what is your opinion of them and which do you prefer?
    Regards,
    Joan Ballett

    1. Hi Joan. I can’t get alcohol inks here in Cayman so I’ve not tried them. Plus my husband already rolls his eyes at all my paints! If you give it a try, do come and share your results in our facebook group so we can all see.

  2. Hi Deby. I just recently discovered your pins, which led me to your site and I love it. I had a class that included pouring a year ago, but nothing like what you’re doing. I love the cells. I tried a pour the other night, but I didn’t get any cells and the paint cracked when it dried. I’m wondering if I didn’t use enough water to thin the paint? Or not enough silicone? Maybe too much paint? I’m going to keep mixing and trying, but I wanted you to know you’ve really inspired me. I can’t wait to do the next one. Thank you.

    1. Cracking can be hard to pin point. It might be too much water, paints too thick on the canvas, too much heat while drying etc. It takes quite a bit of practice to get it just right for you. I’m happy to hear you are feeling inspired.

  3. Deby, when you fill your bottles, how much paint, water and floetrol do you use? Your pictures are beautiful and your voice i calming too 🙂

    1. The ratios vary a little depending on the paint I’m using. I always use 1 part floetrol to 2 parts paint then add water as needed. Some colors need more water than others. Then I use 1-2 drops of oil per tablespoon of original paint before additives. Hope that helps and thanks for your kind comment.

  4. What kind of oil do you use before adding additives?
    I really enjoy your videos and look forward to the new ones each week.

    1. The recipe for how the paints were mixed is just above the video. I used my usual mix recipe of: 1 tbsp of paint, 1/2 tbsp of Floetrol, approx 1tsp of water as needed, few drops silicone oil
      I hope that helps.

  5. Hi Deby,
    These colours are awesome and the painting fabulous. I may have asked this question before, may Inplease know the brand of the paint used. Thanks

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