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Built By Us: Pour Paint

August 21, 2020

Hey everyone, how are you doing? After a mini-hiatus, Built By Us Blogs are back! Huzzah! Now, this a project I’ve been wanting to do for months, and it’s finally happening! We are going to be making pour paint art! I had so much fun making these pieces and I know you guys will too. I hope you enjoy the tutorial!

Materials

  • plastic cups (6-10)
  • gloves
  • canvas (pre-stretched and gesso)
  • wooden stir
  • towel/ table covering
  • acrylic gloss/ gloss spray
  • pre-pour paint
    • if you are using regular acrylic paint:
      • acrylic paints
      • water or paint thinner
  • eyedropper (optional)
  • hairdryer (optional)

What is Pour Paint?

pink and white abstract painting

Paweł Czerwiński on Unsplash

(A little something, I’ll start doing from not on. Since I love art and history, I’ll be adding little background blurbs about the project to its blog post)

Acrylic pouring is a painting technique where acrylic paint is mixed with some type of pouring medium and then poured onto a surface in a variety of ways. Sometimes colors are poured directly from individual cups, and other times multiple colors are combined into one cup and poured together…(full article)

Although Paint Pouring and Fluid Painting has exploded in popularity quite recently, the technique itself has been around since the 1930’s.

A Mexican artist (and political activist) by the name of David Alfaro Siqueiros stumbled across this technique in his studio which he described as “accidental painting”.

The Science Behind Acrylic Flow Painting

My Pour Art:

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  • Reply
    Kim
    August 26, 2020 at 2:45 PM

    Thanks for sharing this project. I have only seen paintings where they put all of the colors in the cups and then put the cup on the canvas and lift it up. This gives you more control for your composition. Super fun!!

    • Reply
      Winnie
      August 26, 2020 at 10:33 PM

      Thank you and I agree it’s just more work but it pays off in the end!

  • Reply
    Nashawnta Marie
    August 26, 2020 at 12:45 PM

    So I am looking for a new hobby and this looks fun and easy since I am not an artist lol. The paintings are amazing

    • Reply
      Winnie
      August 26, 2020 at 2:16 PM

      That’s awesome. This project was made for the non-artist artist 🙂

  • Reply
    Olivia
    August 22, 2020 at 8:48 AM

    I love This! I’m a lover of arts and painting! I’d like to try this Pour Paint, thanks for sharing! 🙂

    • Reply
      Winnie
      August 22, 2020 at 12:07 PM

      No thanks for stopping by, I’d love to see your art whenever you get to make it!

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