Does Swiping Speed Matter?

In my last project, I swiped with gold over a magenta pink and black with some really stunning results. Then I got to wondering…does swipe speed matter?

If I swipe slowly, I can have more control for sure. But if I swiped quickly, would the paint ‘move’ more and give it more of an opportunity to create more cells or bigger cells. There was only one way to find out – with a side by side test.

I also go on to try swiping with a clear sheet protector – hmm, that was a mistake. I felt so old looking for acetate sheets here on the island. All the ‘youngsters’ had no idea what an overhead projector was, or the acetate sheets I needed. Those were the days before PowerPoint and slideshows you play on your computer. Who remembers doing an OHP presentation where you wrote or drew on the acetate sheets – I do.

Acrylic pouring and swiping video comparison. Side by side test of swiping for cells fast or slow, plus swiping with a plastic sheet.

Check out my swiping experiment below. No finished pictures for this one, because my results weren’t worth keeping today. But I did learn some interesting and important lessons to improve my painting. Better luck with the next experiment!

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. The modern equivalent of the overhead projector film is laser or ink-jet transparency sheets that are coated with something that allows printing. Dura-lar film can be painted on, and it might be interesting to do a pour on it! It’s available on Amazon.

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