Acrylic pouring techniques Dirty Pour and Flip Cup, Fluid Art

Dirty Pour and Flip Cup Acrylic Pouring

Dirty Pour and Flip Cup – two of the simplest techniques of acrylic pouring (Fluid Art), with which you can achieve interesting results. Good pictures will turn out with a certain luck and correct calculation. Let’s look at these two techniques of pouring acrylic in more detail.

Marine theme

Color schemes

Choose several colors that will make up the color scheme of the future picture. Minimally, you can choose two colors. It is desirable that these are two contrasting and combined colors.

For example, white color and any other. They go well together:

  • white and black colors;
  • white and red;
  • white and blue.

Black and white abstraction

You can choose black or any other color. For example, black and red, black and yellow, black and green.

Paint in a glass

In addition to the classic white and black, you can use any two contrasting colors. The main thing is that they are compatible. For example, blue and yellow or blue and gold.

To create an interesting drawing, it is better to take about 3-5 colors. You can do more, but then it is desirable that the additional colors are darker or lighter than one of the main ones.

Acrylic painting

To create a picture in the photo, the following colors are used: white, turquoise, blue, light blue, dark blue, black, beige.

Lots of colors

Or another option where the following colors were mixed: white, blue, gold, turquoise, dark pink and additional colors – dark blue, light blue.

You can also enter a lot of completely different colors, but in this case there is a risk of getting a dirty puddle, and not a beautiful picture. Therefore, we recommend starting with a standard scheme, and then start experimenting.

If you want to get a light picture, pour white or another light color into the glass first. It is he who will be on the surface. Hence the following rule. The first colors that will be the main ones in the picture are poured into the glass.

Acrylic pouring

The colors are selected. Knead each color with diluent in a separate cup. If you use PVA glue as a diluent and want to get beautiful large cells in the picture, add a couple of drops of silicone oil to all paints or only to the paint that you will pour last.

Acrylic painting in dark color

The oil can be stirred, or it can be left unmixed. The result is different, many masters like to stir. Even if your diluent is Floetrol or a special medium, then by adding silicone oil, you will get even larger and more beautiful cells. But in the case of special mediums, silicone is not required.

Density – the paint, when drained from the stick, forms a rapidly disappearing relief on the surface.

We merge the prepared paints into one large glass in turn, in the form of layers. Make many different layers. Alternate colors in layers according to the degree of contrast. The more contrasting the color alternation in the layers is, the better and more interesting it is.

At the end, you can make a couple of stirring movements. For example, lower the stirring stick to the full depth of the glass with paint and make a cross-to-cross movement. If you get carried away with stirring, you will get dirt. You can not stir at all. In most cases, the masters do not stir the layers.

Pour the contents of the glass into the center of the canvas or tablet.

  • Acrylic pouring technique Dirty Pour, Fluid Art. Pour all the paint from the glass onto the canvas with a sharp movement at once.
  • Acrylic pouring technique Flip Cup, Fluid Art. Turn the glass upside down on the canvas, wait a few seconds for the paint to drain from the bottom of the glass and remove it.

A puddle of paint

We got a big puddle of paint on the canvas. Now you need to warm it up for a couple of seconds with a burner or a construction hair dryer at low speed until small cells begin to appear.

Start stretching the puddle across the canvas. With careful, slow rocking movements, increase the size of the puddle. Do not try to quickly drive the puddle into a certain corner, otherwise you will have to drive the paint into the other corners just as sharply. The paint can mix up a lot and get dirt. If you make too many movements of paint on the canvas, the drawing may be broken, the cells will become fuzzy.

Fill the entire canvas with color. Now you can shake the picture a little to move some of the paint from one place to another or properly shed the edges.


A little trick from the masters. If you have not used silicone or you have not come out of the cells, but you do not have enough of them, take the silicone lubricant spray WD-40. We recommend taking this particular brand.

Make a couple of puffs in your hand. The hand must be gloved. Sprinkle all or some parts of the painting with grease from your hand. You will see how beautiful cells will begin to form.

We do not recommend making puffs from a spray can directly on the picture. You can damage the drawing with a jet of lubricant and not get the desired effect.

Now put the painting in a safe place. If there are fears of contamination of the raw painting with wool or dust, then cover it with a large box. The painting will dry up in about a day. It can be varnished only after 72 hours, since it is on the third day that it is more likely to stop smearing.

Application of varnish

Now the acrylic painting can be varnished. A colorless acrylic varnish from an art or construction store is suitable for this. The glossy varnish looks good enough. It makes the colors more juicy and beautiful.

Acrylic painting with cells

It is necessary to varnish the painting in 2-3 layers. The difference between the coatings is at least 1 hour, it is better to wait 2-3 hours before drying well. Complete drying takes place within 48 hours.

If you have added silicone to the paints, then be sure to degrease the surface of the painting. For this, ordinary ethyl medical alcohol is suitable.

Experienced craftsmen can use epoxy resin or artistic liquid glass to create acrylic paintings. Do not buy liquid glass in an opaque container at a hardware store.

Acrylic pouring techniques Dirty Pour and Flip Cup can be considered basic, it is convenient for beginners to start with them. Try your hand at these techniques and good luck with your creativity.

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Nina Maysonet
I 'm New York – Miami based artist, and bringing ideas to life is my passion. From an early age I was fascinated with creating. As I grew, I experimented with many means of creativity, ranging from painting to digital art. My work explores the dual worlds in which we exist.
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