Are you captivated by the videos you see on popular YouTube channels and the glorious artworks shared in the acrylic pouring Facebook group? Then you’ll soon be looking to give it a try for yourself. To get painting success from the start, here are a collection of beginners acrylic pouring tips.
Beginners acrylic pouring tips
These tips have all been compiled by members of our Facebook group. They thought of tips that they wish they knew when they started or advice they would give to new artists looking to get started in acrylic pouring and fluid acrylics art.
Ellen – “Don’t flood the canvas with paint; don’t mix too little paint. Don’t go out and buy the latest ingredient mentioned in a post for a piece I like. Most of all, the most important thing I have learned and will continue to grow with is a willingness to experiment. What would happen if ___________? is probably the most freeing question and attitude to cultivate in this art form or any other.”
Chris – “only buy basic colors and mix the color you want. Rather than buy every pretty color in sight”
Laurie – “Learn when to stop! Overworking your flow by moving it about too much can break up any cells, or just make things worse.”
Chris – “I spent a lot of time watching rather than being hands in the paint, learning about or experimenting with the materials I had.”
AJ – “Once you pour and the canvas is covered, walk away. I always mess with mine and ruin them”
Cor – “Start off with cheap paints. By lots of paper towel. Don’t be afraid to scrape crap ideas into the garbage. Take your time and have an idea. Be open to criticism. Real criticism.”
Paul – “pick a style and master, then move to another, ratios make all the difference. no failures, just learning curves. start small.”
Chris – “Do some type of artwork every day- even just a little is better than none. Only paint things you feel something for. Don’t do stuff you don’t like for others.”
Pamela – “Don’t get attached to piece before it’s dry. Sometimes I go to bed with one piece and wake up with another! Start small to learn…and not every piece is going to be a beauty….the ugly or “interesting” pieces are part of the learning curve….thin the paint just a little more!”
Frank – “Don’t use unnecessary additives, tape the backs of all your flows, make sure to cover your sides. I’m still learning when to stop messing with a painting.”
Lena – “I would’ve told myself to try resin sooner. I’ve never been intimidated by a craft in my life, it was silly. Oh, and to stop over tilting the acrylic pours. Egad. It looks good. Stop messing it up!”
Inese – “Don’t be too quick to throw out a piece you thought wasn’t good – wait for it to dry – and see how it is. You can repour over sections, add swirls, etc. Then It will be different and you may start to love it. Remember the 6 stages of an art piece –
1. I love this
2. I don’t like it
3. It’s rubbish
4. Maybe it’s Ok
5. It’s not too bad
6. It’s awesome !!!”
Bethany – “Don’t let friends and family discourage you. Art is in the eye of the beholder.”
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Annet – “Take a piece of paper and try the colors together before you pour”
Christine – “Don’t have any expectations. If you try to achieve something specific and don’t ‘t get it, you may end up disappointed and frustrated, rather than proud of the result you DID get.”
Lorraine – “I’d leave my pours for a couple of weeks before deciding to keep and seal them. Pouring over a varnished or resined piece is harder than doing it before the sealer’s applied. I ended up being so excited and varnishing a pour that 2 weeks later looked amateurish.”
Jared – “Gotta leave it alone. Stop messing with it stop looking at it and stop looking for flaws. (I’m terrible with all 3.) Gotta walk away and let it be!”
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- Acrylic Pouring for Beginners Video Course
After being told in high school that she was so bad at art that she should switch to another subject, Deby didn’t paint again for 35 years. Then a stroke released a new wave of creativity and she began exploring with dot painting, abstract and eventually acrylic pouring, and at last the joy of working with color returned.
You don’t need ‘talent’ to be an acrylic pouring artist – just enthusiasm, some basic instruction, and a willingness to try, fail and try again. Paint along with her and learn from her many mistakes, and you’ll soon make great art together.