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Paint Pouring for Beginners

Everything You Need to Know to Get Started

I have recently started to do paint pouring. I am going to share with you supplies, tricks and tips to get you started paint pouring today. First of all, what is paint pouring? Well paint pouring is a technique using acrylic paints and a pouring medium to create abstract art. Paint pouring is a fun and interesting art that creates beautiful, unique, one-of-a-kind paintings. Before you get started you will need specific pour painting supplies.

1 - Pour Painting Surface

What is the best surface to do a paint pour? It is possible to do a paint pour on a vary of different surfaces. You will be looking for something that can withstand heavy paint flow without sagging, such as primed wood panels.

Here are a few types of surfaces to do a paint pour.

  1. Wood panels: any size or shape of wood panel will work for paint pouring. If it is not already primed and sealed you will have to do this before painting.
  2. Stretched canvases: you can get stretched canvases of any shape, size and price range in any craft store, such as Michaels. Canvases with staple free edges are best because you will not need to frame them afterwards. You will need to brush on a coat of gesso (acrylic paint primer) and let it dry for 24 hours before you start. You can also get multipacks of medium size canvases online or in stores which ca save you money.

These are the main pouring surfaces to start with, other ides you can try include but are not limited to:

  • Ceramic tiles
  • Wooden table
  • Wooden doors

You can even make pendant necklaces or bracelets using paint pouring.

2 - Gesso and Paint Brush

If your using a canvas for your pant pour, you will need a bottle of gesso. This acrylic primer helps paint adhere to the canvas. Liquitex basic, liquitex professional, or gesso golden are all good choices. You will also need a flat brush or polyfoam sponge brush to put the gesso on the canvas.

3 - Paints

There are two main types of paint you can use for paint pouring liquid or soft body acrylic paints. These are the best because they are fluid consistency for pouring. These two types vary greatly in cost and quality. Your two options for liquid acrylics are craft acrylics or quality acrylics.

Craft acrylic’s include brands like Americana, DecoArt, FolkArt, apple barrel and artists loft’s. craft acrylic’s start at about $1 for 2 oz bottles. They can be found online and, in most arts, and crafts sores. You can also purchase them individually or in sets.

Quality acrylics come in brads like liquitex soft body or golden fluid acrylics. These paints start at about $5-$10 for a 2 oz bottle. These paints have high pigment concentration, vibrant colors and are less likely to color shift while paint pouring.

To do a paint pour you will need at least two or three colors. You can mix colors up and try different combinations or you can keep it simple and do dark blue, light blue and a pale blue. Complementary colors can also work very well together such as light green and purple or orange and blue.

4 - Pouring Mediums

A pouring medium is what you will mix with your acrylic paints to create the marble effect after the paint is poured. The medium helps keep each paint separate instead of mixing into one color like it would if you mixed paints without it. The two best kinds of mediums are GAC 800 and liquitex pouring medium. An 8 oz bottle of these mediums cost between $16 and $18. You can also get them in bigger bottles if you do a lot of paint pouring.

5 - 100 Percent Silicone Pil

Adding a couple of drops of silicone oil will create “cells” in your painting to make it look really cool.

6 - Other Materials

  • Plastic cups to put the paint in when doing the pour.
  • Wooden sticks to stir the medium and acrylic paints together
  • A container of any kind to catch the excess paint
  • Gloves if you do not want to get your hands dirty (optional)
  • A smock or apron to keep your clothes clean (optional)
  • UV varnish to keep your paintings from being damaged by the sun
  • Straws to make a blowing effect on your painting (optional)
  • Empty metal cans to keep your canvas raised up out of the excess paint.

I hope this article helps those who want to try there hand at paint pouring. 

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