Acrylic Pours

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Acrylic Pours

I found this art technique on Pinterest when I was searching for art projects for my Special Education students. When I found these I then went to the various You Tube channels to watch various artists making their art. My next step before introducing it in the classroom was to attempt one of the paintings myself. I was hooked. These are such fun to make and I recently discovered a new product that can be made with the leftover paint. I will briefly touch on that at the end of this post.

I have learned a new art technique that I am totally in love with doing. It’s fun, messy, and most of the time, very pretty. It can be customized with any colors you like. And best of all, it’s hard to make a mistake.

Supplies needed:

  • Canvas: The size is optional. Just remember, the bigger the canvas, the more ingredients and paint you will need.
  • Sargent Art 22-8827 Pouring Medium Acrylic, 128 oz
  • Acrylic paint in your choice of colors.
  • Silicone (Click here): Acrylic Pour Oil for Art – 100% Pure Silicone – Large 6 oz. Size – Highest Grade – Magical Cell Forming Silicone Oil – Great Value
  • Paper cups
  • Plastic or rubber gloves: I used disposable gloves.
  • Craft sticks: You can use anything you have available to stir the paint. Just remember that whatever it is, it will be unusable after you finish your acrylic pour.
  • Measuring cup
  • Large thumb tacks or
    Hyde Tools 43510 Painters Pyramid (10 Pack), 1, Yellow
  • heat gun or kitchen torch


To accomplish this step, I use clear plastic cups although you could use type of small cup. I also use craft sticks to stir the paint after I have put in all ingredients. I use 2 oz. of the pouring medium, 2 oz. of paint color, and a few drops of the silicone pouring oil per color of paint that I will be using per canvas. I incorporate 3 to 4 colors into a painting within a single painting. This will adequately be enough paint to complete an 8 x 10 canvas. (With some left over paint for another project that I will explain later post.)


Before beginning to pour the paint, you need to place your canvas on something that will elevate the canvas. At first I used extra large thumb tacks. The were just a little hard to remove from the canvas frame. Then I discovered the painters pyramids. These are available on Amazon.

After all paint has been mixed, I began this pour by pouring a little of the white onto the canvas. Then I chose the next color and poured it slowly into the middle of the white. It does not mix together, but layers the paint. I continued this pattern until I have used all of the colors.

You are now left with a colorful glob of paint on your canvas. At this point you can use the heat gun or kitchen torch to heat up the paint slightly. Be careful not to burn your paint or canvas. Only do this for a few minutes at the most. This will bring out “cells” throughout your painting.

Laying your heat source to the side, at this point it is advisable to wear some disposable gloves. You are going to get very messy. Take your canvas in your hands slowly tipping it back and forth to move the paint around the canvas. Make sure to let it drip over the edges creating a border. It is perfectly acceptable to pour more paint around the canvas in places that need more paint to cover the entire canvas.

It became obvious as I was maneuvering the paint around the canvas that I needed to add more paint.

As you maneuver the paint around the canvas make sure to cover the sides also. This is why it is advisable to wear disposable gloves. It does get very messy.

After the canvas is covered with the pattern you have coaxed it into making, place the canvas back onto the pyramids to dry. This may take 24 to 48 hours.

Have fun with your pours. I hope you will share yours with us.

Weekend Recap – May 8, 2017

Well, another weekend has passed. I feel like I accomplished quite a bit the past two days.

Friday evening when I got home from work I hit the house running. I cleaned the living room and mopped and swept. The two year old’s toys were strung from one end of the room to the other. I had been putting off doing this for awhile.


Tristin and his girlfriend, Emily
Tristin is my third oldest grandchild


Dakota, my oldest grandson.

Later that evening, Dylan and I went to the school to take pictures of my two grandsons and my students in the prom attire. I loved seeing the excitement on their faces in anticipation of the evening. They were all dressed to the max. It was fun watching them be announced as they entered the dance. We then went home and I fix scrambled eggs and sausage for our evening meal.

Saturday morning my husband and I took the kids to their aunt’s while we attended a pancake, fundraising breakfast at our church. We, the church, have been working for several years now to open a rehabilition center for addiction in our area. With the aid of donations, fundraisers, and grants that dream is about to reach fruition. Across the road from our church was a high school that was no longer in use by the school district. We purchased this, cleaned it up and repurposed it. Behind this we have built a 16-bed facility to house women who need help with their addiction problem. Even though out patient counseling has been going on now for approximately a year, the new facility will be opening July 1st. It is a dream come true for our area.

My husband, Hilary, and me.


If you have read Hilary’s Story, you will know how important this endeavor is to me and my family. Hilary was one of the speakers at Saturday’s event. We are very proud of her and her fight against her addiction.


Also, on Saturday afternoon I began painting my bedroom. I was determined to get it finished over the weekend. I began painting the walls that I could get to. My bedroom furniture is very heavy and impossible for me to move alone. I painted until it was time to take Dylan to play practice.

While he was at practice I sat by the river front and listened to a book that I am almost finished with. I’m reading(listening) to Troublemaker by Leah Remini. I am almost finished with it so you can be expecting my review to pop up in the Book Nook corner soon.

After we returned home I cleaned the kitchen and tidied up around the house some before calling it a night.

Sunday proved to be another full day for me. Dylan had spent the night at my oldest daughter’s the night before. When she brought him home we sat down and picked out the sit down meals for our upcoming trip to Disney in November. Shyla’s baton group will be performing there on November 6th.

Disney World

I then took Dylan for a three hour play practice. It’s getting close. The play will be this weekend with four perfomances over a three day span. They will also be going into the elementary school Dylan goes to for one additional performance. He is already talking about the next play. He is ready to start again.

While he was gone I continued to work on painting the bedroom. My husband had moved out two of the dressers and I painted behind them.

Legs of woman standing on tiptoe on stepladder with paint can and painted wall.

When I finished with the painting I swept the carpet and cleaned the back of the dressers. Lots of dust and cobwebs. It always amazes me how dirty it can get behind these large pieces of furniture.

Turkey, mashed potatoes and gravy, noodles and green beans

Earlier in the day I had put a turkey breast in the crockpot so when it was close to being done I fixed mashed potatoes and gravy, noodles, and green beans to go with it. Everyone ate heartily Sunday evening and we had enough leftovers for a meal on Monday evening.

It was a very busy and productive weekend.

How was your weekend?  What all did you get accomplished?

My life verse.