A guide to explore acrylic pouring

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Acrylic paint

Pouring Medium

Silicone oil


plastic cups


rubber gloves

bunsen burner

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It is recommended to use a cardboard box as a base, which is lined with plastic (e.g. bin bags). This way, the workplace is kept clean and can be easily disposed of later.

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Fill up

Each colour is mixed in a separate cup with the Pouring Medium in a mixing ratio of 1 : 2. For a more fluid consistency, a few drops of water can help. The perfect consistency is honey or buttermilk. For cells, a few drops of silicone oil can be added.

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Now layer the colour mixtures alternately in a new cup.
Do not stir!

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The canvas is placed on the cup with the colour mixtures. Then both are flipped 180°.

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Leave both for a few seconds and tap the upturned cup lightly to make as much paint as possible run down.

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The cup can now be lifted. It is a good idea to pour the remaining paint in the cup into the corners so that later the entire canvas will be full effortlessly.

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By swaying the canvas back and forth, the entire canvas is covered with paint. To achieve more intense cells, you can hold a bunsen burner over the paint.

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The drying time is at least 24 hours. The dried image will have lost its gloss: If you find this unpleasant, a clear varnish can help.


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