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Paint Pouring 101 – Multi cup Pour

Welcome back to Painters Forum and today we will be covering the always fun, Acrylic Paint Pour technique. I will be covering the Materials, Supplies, and Chemistry to achieve the most epic Paint Pours every time. So grab some gloves and let’s get to it.

The first and most important rule to pouring paint, is that there are no rules, just steps. The first step is to gather all of your supplies. These are some small 1 ounce cups as I will be doing a 6 cup pour today.
This is pure Silicone Pouring Oil, used in the creation of cells due to paint separation. I find that it is necessary to use Silicone Oil in order to create a great pour with lots of effects and cell activity.
Here are my colors for today what awesome colors they are. I chose metallic bronze, Orange, White, and Sand. You can choose whatever color combinations you want, whenever you want. I have added about 5 drops of Silicone Pouring Oil into the bottles already and that would equal to about 1 drop of Silicone per ounce of paint. Make sure to shake well as you want to aviod any build up of siliscone.
All of the pouring Artists are using a torch in their techniques. It is not necessary to use one, but I have found that it is the best way to get honeycomb cells in my paint. I am not sure why it creates these sought after cells but it does. You should find one that has an actual torch as opposed to a flame.
Step 1: Here is the first step and remember that there is Silicone in each of the colors. Each color does not have to silicone in them, it just increases the fun activity we want.

Step 2 : I now add the Sand color to the white. I still want to make the white the dominant color, so I only add a little of this color on top of the white.

Step 3: Next comes the bright Orange which will be a great contrast to the white in the cup. You can pour out as much or little as you’d like. There really is no right or wrong way to measure color as this is the artistic freedom that we get to enjoy when pouring.

Step 4: Now I pour in the Metallic bronze. I don’t want to overdo the metallics in this one, so I just pour a small amount into the mix. A little tip when doing all of this is that Less is More most of the time. A little goes a long way!

Step 5: Now take the cups and flip them over onto the canvas. I like doing a multi-cup pour as opposed to using just one large mixing cup (which is also very fun to do). This allows more color mixing and variances to play with, from each color cup.

Step 6: Now, leave the cups upside down for a few minutes and let the paint completely run out of the cups. Remember that there is silicone in the paint mix and that the paint needs time to mix within the cups before lifting. Also, note that you can recycle all of this stuff. The cups, sticks, the canvases that produced a less than expected result. Your art doesn’t have to be a wasteful endevour. Everything is reusable.

Step 7: Simply lift the cups off the canvas and let the paint do its thing. It does seem to move around wherever it wants and this is the fun part about pouring. Next, I tilt the canvas around to cover all of the edges and I help move the paint around wherever I want it to .

Step 8: Compare this photo the photo in the previous step. Notice the honeycomb, bubble looking cells that formed after I applied torch heat. Here I used the torch and moved it fast over the entire wet paint. This will create more separation and effects in the paint. Why? I don’t know but, it is so very fun to watch.
So there you have it. A really fun pour with lots of color and amazing cell formations in the separation. Thank you for tuning in and leave a comment below and tell your favorite color schemes for the next pour. Be creative, Stay colorful and Laugh often.

Artist’s Tool Box:

Wooden Pouring Panels – CLICK HERE

Acrylic paints – CLICK HERE

Silicone Pouring Oil – CLICK HERE

Mixing cups – CLICK HERE

Torch Bought Separately

(2) Comments

  1. Your post is very helpful. Thanks a lot

    1. paintersforumadmin says:

      You are so very welcome! So happy it could help you Buddy

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