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Acrylic Poured Canvas Art

By: Giggles Galore
January 26, 2018

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This year I've made it one of my goals to try new craft mediums and projects. I decided to start with a technique that has been all the rage lately and created my own acrylic pour fluid art canvas.

I've seen this creative technique pop up all over the internet lately, but to be honest any kind of artwork tends to intimidate me. While I consider myself a fairly creative person, I tend to shy away from any kind of art project because I dislike not knowing the outcome. I think when it comes to abstract art or painting you have to be able to go with the flow and enjoy the process and not stress so much over the outcome, which is why this is the perfect project for me to tackle.  

I was super surprised at how easy this was, and how unique and beautiful it turned out. I have a feeling I'll be giving this acrylic pour fluid art technique another try very soon, and you should too!

Items needed:

  • Americana Premium Acrylics - Titanium White
  • Americana Premium Acrylics - Phthalo Turquoise
  • Americana Premium Acrylics - Cobalt Teal Hue
  • Americana Premium Acrylics - Cerulean Blue
  • Americana Premium Acrylics - Cobalt Turquoise Hue
  • Americana Premium Mediums - Extender Medium
  • DecoArt Extreme Sheen 2oz - Vintage Brass
  • White canvas
  • Wood craft sticks
  • Plastic cups
  • Water


Pour each paint color into the plastic cup.

Instruction #1 - 01Mixed Paint
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Add a little bit of water and begin stirring until the paint thins out and can easily be poured from the cup. 

Instruction #2 - 02Stir Paint
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Instruction #3 - 02Mixed Paint Colors
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Take the cup with the Titanium White paint and begin pouring each color of paint into the cup and layer each color on top of the other.

Instruction #4 - 03Acrylic Paint Mix
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Prime the canvas with the Americana Premium Extender Medium.  Use the wooden craft stick to smooth the paint evenly over the canvas.

Instruction #5 - 04Americana Premium Extender Medium
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Hold the cup of layered paint above the canvas, in the center, and move the cup in a circular motion slowly pouring it onto the canvas.  

Instruction #6 - 07Acrylic Pour Fluid Art Canvas
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Carefully lift the corners of the canvas, one at a time, to slowly move the paint around the canvas.  

If you want to fill in any white space repeat step 5 and 6 to get the desired look.

Let the canvas dry completely and then proudly display your new abstract art.

Instruction #9 - 00Blue Acrylic Pour Art Canvas
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I can see this technique being used for so many fun projects and look forward to trying it on different surfaces and with different pouring techniques.

Have you created an acrylic fluid pour art canvas before?

Instruction #11 - 88Pour Art Canvas Wall Art
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Be sure to visit Giggles Galore  for more projects and to learn more about Mariah.


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!


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.


April 19, 2018

Oriel – You can add some water to the paint to thin it down. Find more tips here:

DecoArt, Inc.

April 25, 2018

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


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.


May 6, 2018

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


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.


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.


May 23, 2018

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


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.


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:


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.


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?


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.


August 27, 2018

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


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!


November 20, 2018

this is great! I have one related blog thought of sharing it


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


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.


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.


May 9, 2020

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