Acrylic Pouring Tips for Beginners

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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.

Acrylic pouring tips and tutorials for beginners, how to get started with acrylic pouring. What I would tell myself if I could go back in time and start again!

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.”

Read More: Let the Pour Set You Free: 5 Techniques for Letting Go and Allowing Your Paintings to Surprise You

Chris – “only buy basic colors and mix the color you want. Rather than buy every pretty color in sight”

Read More: Basic Supplies for Beginners to Get Started With Acrylic Pouring

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.”

Read More: How to Do Acrylic Pouring On a Budget with Cheap Paints

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!”

Read More: Deby Cole’s First Resin ExperimentGet Started Using Resin in Acrylic Pouring With This Easy Coasters Project, and How to Use Resin in Acrylic Pouring to Create Lacing and Paint Waves

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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  1. My God has this art form taken off! Back in January of this year I started looking into pouring and there was barely a thing on the topic! Now youtube videos and blogs like this are popping up left and right! A thanks to all the Original Experimentalist out there that shared us their findings!

  2. What I love with pours is once it dries, I begin to see objects, people, or animals. Then I go in and fill in some of those things. Very interesting. Also like learning about dirty pours where you actually add 2-3 colors into one cup- what u can do with pours is endless.

  3. I want to do this really bad. I already have been working with alcohol ink. Do you have classes. I need the recipes for pouring acrylic. I am so excited,and have 100 ideas and thoughts in my head. Thank you again.

    1. Thank you Debby for your awesome videos and for writing the Acrylic Pouring book for beginners. I am obsessed with this art form and have created quite a messy “studio” in my basement.

  4. Question: when I do pour painting why do some of the cells go down to the canvas showing white? I put 2 coats of gesso on the canvas and it dried for 5 days before I poured. Are you suppose ro cover up those spots or leave them alone?

    1. It is usually caused by either having a little too much oil in your paints, more than they can cope with and it’s separating out, or the paint may just be a little bit too thin and the oil is easily able to push it aside, or it may be a combination of the two. Or maybe it was just bad luck and a spot of oil in the paint hit the canvas first, making a little area where the paint doesn’t want to stick. How to fix it?
      *Use the minimum amount of oil that you need to get the look you like
      *Don’t mix paints too thinly, especially by adding a lot of water
      *Paint your canvas a base solid color before pouring so that if spots occur, you don’t see bare canvas
      *Fill in the little holes with your dripped paint while still wet
      Hope that helps

    2. For me, it happens if I put the silicone oil into my base colour (usually white).
      I do it because I like the effect; the canvas texture showing through “cell-holes” in the paint.

      I’ll add a tip – probably been said before but it’s VERY important, honest:

      Learn to walk the hell away from the painting!

      The number of pictures I have ruined by “one little change”, “put a little paint here”, “make a little mark there”. Like people say about watercolours – know when to STOP.

      One thing I do enjoy doing – on a just-poured painting, heat gun, cells formed…. grab a palette knife or popsicle stick or ?? and draw intot eh paint with it, make lines around the larger cells, draw lines from cell edge to cell edge, etc.

      And then?



  5. If you gesso a piece, do you need to let it dry before pouring? Also I don’t understand about when to use modge podge and what it takes the place of.

    1. Yes you would let any gesso dry before pouring. You wouldn’t want it to mix with your paints. Some people use mod podge or other glue products in place of pouring mediums. I don’t do that personally and don’t recommend it for longevity in your art, but if you wanted to use mod podge, you would mix it with your paint and some water to make a pouring consistency.

  6. I’ve just started doing this technique and when I was researching everyone said you need pouring medium and silicone– Being broke and limited to where I could go I used Floetrol and baby oil. I got the same effect and it’s much less expensive than getting pouring medium from an art store.

    You can find Floetrol in any home improvement store. It’ll probably be somewhere near the paint section since that’s typically what it’s used for. For the baby oil I just went to the dollar tree. $10 total.

    1. I forgot to add! Make sure when you’re buying the Floetrol that it’s acrylic based so it mixes with the paints.

    2. How much Floetrol and how much baby oil do you use? I, too, am broke, and since I already have floetrol, this sounds good to me!

  7. Thanks for increasing my interest to do like this work , i will start very soon .I hope very helpful beggener book. I will share my feelings after done one work.
    Thank you

  8. all of those little parts of the pour that dry on your cover for your table you can peel off and use to make cards. You really get some interesting things.

  9. I do not like my first attempt with pouring so I am wondering how long do I have to wait before repouring another attempt on top of the original one? …Or is this even possible? Thanks

    1. The best thing is to scrape and wash the canvas right away while the paint is still wet and then you can pour again immediately. If you let the paint dry, then I suggest leaving it a full month to fully harden all the way through, apply a layer of gesso and then you should be OK to repour.

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