Master Acrylic Pouring With Primary Colors

Primary colors have been my nemesis. I love bright colors, can’t get enough of it, so when my two previous pours with red, yellow and blue turned into something dark and gloomy I was SO disappointed. Both were scrapped.

Spinning a record with primary colors
Primary color flip cup on a tile

But I’ve been practicing, over and over, Trying different things, seeing what worked and what didn’t work. The secret is in how the paints mix together – or rather how to prevent them mixing together too much. Red, yellow and blue when mixed all three, don’t make a nice color – more of a muddy brown which could fall more towards red, green or blue depending on how much of each color you added. Yes, I can confirm this from my earlier unsuccessful pours. Not good.

Acrylic pouring flip cups and dirty pouring with primary colors. Tutorial video for how to keep the colors bright and not mixed to mud.

But mixing any two together makes a nice color – green, orange or purple. Just avoid mixing all three! Check out the video below for how I did both a flip cup and a dirty pour and avoided the mud, getting nice bright colors each time 🙂

Now I have several really nice bright and happy examples that I am pleased with. OK, so primary colors might not be everyone’s idea of a nice painting, but I’m delighted. First, it makes me smile and second, I mastered a new skill.

Check out the slideshow below for lots more images of these successful primary color pours. Then go give it a try yourself – have some fun with color today.

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. Your pours are nice andclen! I think you definitely have it. I am new to this and wondered what is your recipe if you don’t want to write it down just shoot it to me in messenger . I’m using the voice to say this so it doesn’t come out right my hands are messy from fading so can’t type. I really enjoyed watching your stuff deby. I look forward to more thank you XOXO Onna Addis

    1. I usually list my recipe in each of the videos, its not a secret but it does change from time to time. In this one I used 1 part floetrol to 2 parts paint, a little water as needed and a drop of silicone in each color. Hope that helps and thanks for the nice comments.

  2. The video on primary colours dirty pour, is it a canvas or a ceramic tile that you have used as the canvas? also the result after the paint drying is every so glossy and beautiful… what makes it so glossy? I am new to these things and would love to hear back from you… Thank you for the lovely videos

    1. I’ve used tiles in this video for practic and testing. If my practice pieces are good enough to keep I finish them with this glossy clear sealer – it’s my absolute favorite! Thank YOU for the lovely comment.

  3. Hi there,

    What is the white substance you are pouring along with the primary colours? Is it white acrylic paint?

    Thank you

    1. If the medium is a little white, then the colors will lighten when you mix them. However the pouring mediums dry clear, so the dry painting will revert back to the original bright color.

  4. Hi Deby, I am new to this and yet to try my first painting. Like you I have now spent a lot of time researching the various techniques and after watching your video I am now comfortable to start. Thank you for sharing all this useful information, especially the protective finish details,

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