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Get Started In Fluid Art

Forget your brushes and prepare to enter the colourful world of fluid art! This is a whole new way of using acrylics to create artworks that are utterly unique every time. Experiment with the different fluid techniques and watch the colours flow.

Tool Guide

By varying your tools, you can change up the effects every time! For example, experiment with paint mediums to produce a smoother paint flow, or use oils to create cells on your canvas.

For a basic pour you'll need a container, acrylic paints in a variety of colours, pouring medium, and a surface to pour onto.

Paint Recipe

To achieve the desired results every time, consistency is key! Ensure you’ve prepped your paints just right to achieve the right thickness before you start pouring.

Experiment with the consistency as paints vary slightly in density, adding more paint or less water if required. The consistency should be like warm honey and should fall from the stick in a single stream without breaking.

Mix thoroughly together one-part acrylic paint with one-part water, then mix in one-part pouring medium.
Add two to three drops of silicone oil to each colour you mix up in to encourage the creation of cells within your artwork.

Basic Pour

Though there are a multitude of other techniques to try, get started with the basic mix and pour! Even when you’re keeping it simple, the effects will be incredible.

1. Place your canvas on supports in a tray to catch any drips. Add layers of the pre-prepared paints in an empty cup, starting with white. Alternate paint colours in differing amounts. Holding the cup and canvas together, flip them both over so that the cup is then upside down on top of the canvas. Allow the cup of paint to settle for a few moments.
2. Lift the cup and allow the paint to fill the canvas surface.
3. Optional: To create additional cells, use a butane gas torch to heat areas of the paint. Cells will spontaneously erupt in areas where the butane torch is used.
4. Tilt the canvas to cover completely and stretch the cells. Allow 48 hours drying time.

Discover More Techniques

Discover even more ideas as our fluid art expert Jenny Muncaster shows you a range of different pouring techniques that you can try your hand at.