Using a Funnel for an Acrylic Pour

Time for another one of my crazy experiments! This time it’s a technique I’d never even heard of until someone showed me a 10 second video on Snapchat, of all places! An unnamed pourer used a funnel instead of a flip cup, basically. They loaded all of their colors into the wide part of the funnel with the tip secured to the canvas, as soon as I saw this I thought “hey! I have a funnel!” So why not give it a shot? 

Now, the video I watched didn’t produce the most amazing pour, it was a bit one note. But that could have been due to any number of factors from inexperience to color choices. Since this was an experiment with a more or less unimpressive tutorial I wanted to be cautious and calculated in my color selections. I went with a warm scheme that even if it did turn to mud it still wouldn’t be a total loss. But, as I am something of a disaster artist, as I was mixing my paints something strange happened. Somehow the glue and paint and water and alcohol created a blob out of my paint! I added a bit more water to break it up and was left with a blob of something-or-other at the end of my stirring stick. So strange! 

But after resolving that issue I was ready to pour! I secured my funnel to the canvas as best I could, it’s a bit old but it had the two ends and shape I needed. I started by pouring in my yellow and then pink and then red and alternated until my funnel was full up and my cups were empty. A little yellow had started to seep out of the bottom but it was nothing disastrous. 

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I was starting to get that little flutter of anticipation as I lifted up the funnel— oh my goodness you guys, it was so cool! When only the pink and red were coming out I got some beautiful tree rings and then the yellow cells exploded onto the canvas. It was seriously like a paint explosion!

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I gave it a tilt or two to spread out those cells and I was seriously loving my new pour—but as I was putting my funnel in the sink to rinse it out I tapped my basin and my canvas slipped off my cups. So it did end up turning to mud, which was a bit of a bummer, but like I said before, my colors were chosen to anticipate mud. Even though it isn’t as nice as what I had before, boy is that some nice mud! 


There will definitely be a round two for this technique! 

3 thoughts on “Using a Funnel for an Acrylic Pour”

  1. How did you get the cells. Did you add anything to the yellow, or other colours ?

    (I live in Canada, is why I spelled colour properly. Well, properly for a Canadian.

    With many thanks for all your help,


  2. That’s a pretty good looking paint job for being a muddy piece as you call it. The yellow and pink blended well. I’m going to buy a funnel and try it out. Thank you for the inspiration.

  3. I like your projects but this is the 2nd one (out of the 2 I’ve seen) that don’t list all the supplies or what you do with them. I know the info because I have been pouring for a year or so but many of your readers may be beginners. In the painted jar tutorial you listed oil but didn’t mention it in your directions and there was no mention of any pouring medium. I am not intending criticism at all. Just that with all the time and effort you put into your tutorials you probably want them to be as accurate and helpful as possible. I truly hope you don’t take offense as I do not mean to be rude or hurtful.

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