Flip cup and drag without much of a drag

Oh darn it. Things went wrong with this one. Wrong with the painting and wrong with the video. I had intended to recreate the #NovemberPouringChallenge flip cup and drag video but it didn’t quite work out.

First, just as I had everything set up and ready to start filming, along came the whirr, grind, slashing noise from my neighbour as he started up his power tools. He uses one of those electric strimmers to cut down the tall grass and then a leaf blower. For hours and hours it seems. So annoying. So the audio on this video was horrible and I’ve removed the chat and replaced it with music. So be warned, turn off your speakers if you don’t like music.

And then there was the flip and drag itself. Started out OK but then I lifted the cup too far, broke the seal and all the paints came out in a big gush – so very much a flip cup and barely any dragging.

The challenge rules for the #NovemberPouringChallenge:

Technique = flip cup and drag with negative space
Background = white or black
Colors = Purple, yellow, metallic blue plus two colors of our choice

Materials used in this painting:
Art Alternatives acrylics in titanium white, gold and magenta
Craft Smart paint in Sapphire Blue Metallic
Blick Student Acrylics in purple and chrome yellow
Treadmill belt silicone oil
Canvas from economy pack
8oz squeeze bottles
2oz mini shot glass for the flip cup

Recipe for this painting:
All paints were mixed approx 2 parts paint, 1 part Floetrol plus water as needed to consistency. A couple of drops of the silicone oil in each color except the background white

Hmm, that didn’t come out as intended. The parts in the white where I dragged the empty cup over the paint after it all leaked out where probably my favorite parts of this painting! I was so disappointed that I messed it up that I didn’t even take any photos of this one. It was scraped and washed and I’ll use that canvas again. Sigh – we all have days like this one.

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.


  1. I actually loved the music! I’m not sure why you felt this was a painting to be washed over. I loved the bright blue spot created in the larger section and the feathery bits in the white part as well. The colours were lovely and it had a gentle organic feel. Thanks for sharing your work.

  2. I really enjoyed your video and the end result! What a shame to wash over it – I would have been SO happy to have a result like this. My very best wishes for your heart op on the 14th. Hope all goes well and that you will soon be back sharing your expertise with the group.

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