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Acrylic Poured Canvas Art

By: Giggles Galore
October 5, 2021

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One of my all-time favorite projects is the beautiful piece of Acrylic Poured Canvas art that I created using DecoArt paint. This was my first time trying a new paint trend like paint pouring and I was so nervous about how it would turn out! The end result was so unique and fun, and I love that I was able to create a piece of art that I can proudly display.

A blue, white, and gold paint pour on canvas.
DecoArt has made it even easier to create your own one-of-a-kind paint pour projects with their Fluid Art Ready-to-Pour Acrylic. If you have ever thought of trying out this unique paint trend, now is the time! Paint pouring is simple, fun, and creates stunning results.

A picture of DecoArt's ready-to-pour acrylic paint bottles.

The Fluid Art Ready-to-Pour Acrylic is a highly pigmented paint with the ideal consistency for creating unique, layered paint pours in one easy step. The paints are formulated to flow easily, which means you don't have to mess with mixing mediums or additives.  

Bottles of DecoArt's fluid art acrylic paint.

One of the great things about the paint pour techniques is that artists at any level can create custom artwork that looks alluring! Read on to learn how to create your own easy paint pour canvas art.

Fluid Art | Dirty Ring Pour Canvas

DecoArt® Fluid Art Ready to Pour™

Fluid Art | Dirty Ring Pour Canvas
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Fluid Art | Dirty Ring Pour Canvas

designed by Giggles Galore

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Learn more about DecoArt® Fluid Art Ready to Pour™.

SUPPLIES

Americana® Premium™ Mediums

  • Extender Medium (DTAM03)

DecoArt® Fluid Art Ready to Pour™

  • Dark Aquamarine (DFA10)
  • Deep Turquoise (DFA14)
  • Gold (Metallic) (DFA150)
  • Ocean Blue (DFA39)
  • Tropical Blue (DFA13)
  • True Blue (DFA15)
  • White (DFA01)

Other supplies

  • popsicle sticks
  • drinking straw
  • plastic cups
  • canvas

INSTRUCTIONS

NOTE: When working with Fluid Art Ready-to-Pour paint there are several different styles and techniques you can use. My personal favorite and then one I am using for this project is the Dirty Ring Pour, but you can see a list of all of the different types on the DecoArt website.

  1. Start by pouring your Ready-to-Pour paint colors into a plastic cup one at a time. There's no set amount of each color you need to pour, you can experiment to see what gets you the best results.
    Step 0 Example
  2. Make sure to layer each color on top of the other, creating circular rings. Create several layers of paint for a more complex design.
    Step 1 Example
  3. I like to prime the canvas with the Americana Premium Extender Medium. This product will help extend the drying time and blending time while you work with your Fluid Art Ready-to-Pour paint. Use a paintbrush to evenly paint the entire surface of your canvas with the Extender Medium.
    Step 2 Example
  4. Now, all that's left to do is pour your paint! Hold the cup of layered paint above the center of the canvas and move the cup in a circular motion slowly pouring the paint onto the canvas. Carefully lift the canvas and tilt it slowly to influence the flow of the paint and cover the entire canvas. If you want to fill in any white space simply add more ready-to-pour paint to get the desired look. Another option for filling in blank spaces, or creating a different texture is to use a paper straw and gently blow the paint in one direction until the desired effect is achieved. I used this to create the ripple effects on the left side of my canvas. You can also give your artwork a touch of glam by adding gold glitter to some of the sections of gold paint.
    Step 3 Example
  5. Let the canvas dry completely and then proudly display your new abstract art.
    Step 4 Example
  6. I absolutely love creating this type of artwork and have had so much fun exploring different techniques and styles. The Fluid Acrylic Ready-to-Pour paint makes this project simple and fun!
    Step 5 Example
  7. Have you created an acrylic fluid pour art canvas before? Be sure to visit Giggles Galore for more projects and to learn more about Mariah.
    Step 6 Example

Be sure to visit Giggles Galore  for more projects and to learn more about Mariah.

Comments

This looks like great fun! I think I might have to try it!

Naomi S.

January 27, 2018

I hope to try this technique out!

Jeanne

February 6, 2018

This is a wonderful way to display many different colors of paint as well as so many different talents. Many different techniques to pour no two the same. Job well done.

Mickey M

February 25, 2018

Hi, The Americania chalk paint I have is very thick, can I ad some water to it without spoiling the effect? I want to paint a dressing table with it. Thanks.

Oriel

April 19, 2018

Oriel – You can add some water to the paint to thin it down. Find more tips here: decoart.com/americana-decor/chalky-finish

DecoArt, Inc.

April 25, 2018

Thank you love, this seems rather useful, I'll try it later!!!

jenn

May 1, 2018

Thank you for your simple instructions. I have been all over the internet watching and reading and this is by far the best for beginners. I am going to try it this weekend.

Sandy

May 6, 2018

Do you let the white primer dry before putting on colored paint?

Cristina

May 18, 2018

Cristina - You do not let the Extender Medium dry before pouring on your paint. The wet Americana Premium Extender Medium slows down the drying time of the paint allowing your poured-on-paint to flow easily. It gives you more time to manipulate your results before your paint starts to dry.

DecoArt

May 21, 2018

Can you use this method with outdoor DecoArt paint such as their patio paint?

Nancy Spier

May 23, 2018

Nancy - You can definitely mix these with the Pouring Medium to do paint pours; however, they may lose some of their durability properties. We suggest sealing your pour project with an exterior-rated varnish/sealer if your plan to keep the object you poured on outside.

DecoArt

May 23, 2018

What is the white stuff you put in each cup with the colours?

Marleen

June 5, 2018

Marleen - Mariah mixed her paints with water before pouring them all on top of each other into one cup. This post was before our DecoArt Pouring Medium was introduced, so now you can just add the Pouring Medium to avoid adding water. Water can sometimes decrease the vibrancy of the pigments.

DecoArt

June 5, 2018

Do you mix the colored paint with anything other than water? In one of the pictures it looks like the paint is in something white,

Clare Hall

July 25, 2018

Hi Clare - I think the white material you're talking about is probably a picture of when she starting layering her colors in the same cup. This project was before we released our Pouring Medium, so we don't recommend adding water to the mix since it can lessen the adhesion of the paint and decrease the vibrancy of the pigments. You can check out our Pouring Medium here: decoart.com/paint-pouring/pouring-medium

DecoArt

July 26, 2018

Can I use this on wood shaped canvases? Should I prime them first?

Melissa H.

August 21, 2018

Hi Melissa - If you are wondering if you can paint pour on wood, yes you can! You don't necessary have to "prime" it. A simple layer of wet paint will help the poured paint flow over the surface, but it isn't necessary since you can pour directly onto the wood as well.

DecoArt

August 21, 2018

I have this boring black dinette table I want to change. Can this technique be done on my table, can the string pull be done also?

LaClare

August 26, 2018

Hi LaClare - Yes, you can use the paint pouring technique to upcycle a table top. However, if you want to be able to use the table top of anything but a decorative surface, you will need to seal it with a heat-resistant and waterproof sealant. You can also do a string-pull while the paint is wet of course, but remember to seal it properly once your design dries.

DecoArt

August 27, 2018

Hi I am from South Africa and cannot wait to start your pouring technique. Absolutely love it xx

Anette

October 25, 2018

Hi! This tutorial is exactly what I have been looking for. Thank you so much! So I´m looking forward to giving it a try as soon as possible!

Manfred

November 20, 2018

this is great! I have one related blog thought of sharing it https://www.showflipper.com/blog/Must-Learn-5-Acrylic-Pour-Painting-Techniques

kate

January 1, 2019

Lovely tutorial you have posted there, thumps up to you, but iwill like to know if yipu use floetr0l or white glue as an extender or not and if not what type do you use. Many thanks

Bolatito

April 30, 2019

Bolatito - Mariah used Americana Premium Acrylics with our Extender Medium. This post was done before our DecoArt Pouring Medium came out, so we definitely recommend using that.

DecoArt

April 30, 2019

At what point did she add in the gold? That wasn’t spoken of as I don’t see it in the cup before it was poured. I only see a dot on the table. Did she do that separately? Thank you.

Shannon

May 9, 2020

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