Primary Pour: How to Do a Super Easy Flip Cup Pour Using Only Primary Colors

While unpacking some new paints recently, I realized something. Whenever I make a pour, I always include white or black in addition to my main colors. So I thought, Why not go back to the basics and do the simplest of pours, using only the three primary colors: red, yellow, and blue?

This video is the result of that idea.


Quick Links
For your convenience, here are store links to items we mentioned in this article.
Bulk-Krylic by Nasco
Silicone by 3in1
Lubricates, waterproofs and protects under extreme conditions
Zinsser Paint Booster
Extends open time to work with water-base coatings by 10-15 minutes making painting easier
Chef's Torch

Supplies I Used

  • BULK-KRYLIC paint made by Nasco. The 3 colors are:
    • Phthalo Blue
    • Chrome Yellow
    • Brite Red
  • Silicone by 3in1 (that really is the name of the company that makes it, they also make three in one oil)
  • Zinsser Paint Booster (aka Zinsser Flow Control Additive)
  • Water (I use the water right out of the faucet but I’m told in a lot of areas of the country you need to use bottled water)

For the pour, I tested out a new-to-me brand of paint, Bulk-Krylic by Nasco, which I ordered for a reasonable price from Amazon. No complaints, but I did end up having to thin it down quite a bit, as you’ll see below.

The video shows what can happen when you use equal amounts of red, yellow, and blue paint, with equal quantities of Zinsser Paint Booster and silicone added to each color. When the flip cup is removed, an explosion of color comes alive on the canvas. Then I use a full-size torch to bring out additional color cells.

The end result is a richly colored canvas anchored in moody blues and greens and slashed by a passionate jolt of crimson. I hope you enjoy seeing the process and the final painting.

steve shaw picture

Steve Shaw is an artist and teacher living in Atlanta, Georgia. His days are spent in the classroom teaching his students the basics of art and self-expression. In the evenings and weekends, he paints. Steve has shown his work in several galleries in the Southeast and has illustrated three children’s books. Recently Steve has discovered acrylic pour painting and is putting all his other projects on hold while he journeys down this artistic road.

To see more, follow him on Instagram, visit his website, watch his videos on his YouTube Channel and purchase his paintings at Etsy.com.

Comments

  1. Steve, that was fun! You know me, I like the explosion of the bright primary colors. A surprise every time. Now I can see you anytime I’m missing you! Mom

  2. Ladies and gentlemen, I would like to introduce my mom, Fran. She likes my first ever pour video. I hope you do too. Thanks, Mom!
    Steve

  3. Really enjoyed the video. Thanks so much for sharing. Do you ever do embellishments after the pour dries?

  4. That was awesome! Have just started experimenting with acrylic pour but have been a bit nervous to use the torch. Will try it with my next pour.

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