DIY Dirty Pour Custom Art
Create a one-of-a-kind masterpiece with this easy and fun technique.
Dirty pouring is a popular painting method that will give you fun and interesting results. Also known as acrylic pouring, this paint-pouring technique involves mixing more than one paint color in the same container before pouring it on to a surface. The end result is a wonderful custom piece of abstract art that anyone can master.
- acrylic paints
- plastic cups
- prepared stretch canvas
- wood crafts sticks (for stirring)
- newspaper or craft paper (to protect surfaces)
*Make sure you cover your working surfaces prior to pouring the paints.
Pour the acrylic paints your plan to use into separate cups. If the paint is thick, add a tablespoon of water and mix well. The paint needs to be fluid enough to flow but not too loose. Add the water one tablespoon at a time until it resembles the constancy of pancake batter.
Pick one cup of paint for your base color. Then, slowly pour in the other colors, one at a time.
Don't worry, the colors won't mix. Add as many colors as you like.
Elevate the stretched canvas by placing a cup or two under it. Slowly pour the paint onto the canvas.
Tilt the canvas to help the paint spread in the direction you want it to flow.
Pour more paint on the remaining blank areas of the canvas. Tilt the canvas to help the paint flow around.
Let the paint dry undisturbed for about 24 hours. It may take longer depending on how much paint used.