How to Do Holton Rower Style Acrylic Pour Over a Pop Bottle

Have you ever seen the fluid artworks by Holton Rower? His paintings make me happy. Lots of colors, and a very 3d look. Check out some examples of his work here. I’ve been wanting to try to recreate some of these for a while now and today I’ll be doing my first painting inspired by his art.

Acrylic pour painting in the style of Holton Rower. Video tutorial for how to make this painting by pouring acrylic paints. Suitable for beginners and kids too. Easy art tutorial.

I’ve been wondering and fiddling for a while now, trying to find the perfect way to make the same sort of designs as in the examples in the link above. I’ve been cutting holes in yogurt pots, generally making a big mess. Then I saw a video from Sauve Arts where she used the bottom of a plastic pop bottle and it’s perfect for this! I did cut some slits into the rim of mine, to try to get the paint to flow through to the center of the bottle as well as the outside, but it didn’t turn out as well I would hope. I think you will need larger holes for the paint to flow inwards. Or perhaps do this on a canvas where the weight of paint will encourage it to flow more to the center.

Materials used in this painting:
Assorted acrylic paints
Treadmill silicone
Old vinyl Record
Avery label (to cover the hole in the record)
8oz squeeze bottles
Bottom of a small plastic bottle
houseables squirt bottle

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All paints were premixed in my squeeze bottles from an assortment of acrylic paints, mixed with floetroland water. Silicone oil was added at about 10-12 drops per full bottle.

Oooh, I do like that! It took a long time to dry and it took a lot of paint, but the end result is very cool. It did dry rather darker though, and not as nice and bright and colorful as when it was wet. That is most likely from all the transparent colors, showing the darker ones in the layers underneath. I think my usual paint mix was a bit thin and the layers of color didn’t stay as distinct from each other as I would like, so I will keep that in mind for trying this again in the future. I hope you will give it a try. Share how you get on and what color schemes you pick in out Facebook chat group.  See you there.

As usual, here are some photos of this pour, both wet and dry, and close-ups of the details.

7 thoughts on “How to Do Holton Rower Style Acrylic Pour Over a Pop Bottle”

  1. Great idea for making interesting shapes. Maybe you could try putting a hole in the center of the plastic bottle to get drops in the center of the record at the same time as paint running down the sides.

    1. Getting the right consistency can be tricky, for sure. Trial and error is an important part of improving your pours, but there are some techniques that we recommend. Deby put out a nice blog post on this topic a while back that I think should serve as a good resource for you: She discusses the “Perfect Paint Consistency for Acrylic Pouring” in that blog post. I would also recommend this blog post of hers if issues persist:

      There’s also some videos on our YouTube channel that will walk you through this:

  2. Mrs. Paula M Rose

    It was beautifully done, I was just surprised how dark the colors got at the end. I loved the vibrancy at the beginning but not so much at the end! Was the spray the result of it turning dark? Great job????

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