Acrylic pouring technique Reverse dip or flower dip, Fluid Art

Reverse dip or flower dip Acrylic Pouring

Reverse dip or flower dip – another interesting technique of acrylic pouring is to create quite real flowers in the picture. In this technique, you can draw not only flowers. Abstract patterns made of acrylic are also beautiful.

Features of the technique Reverse dip or flower dip:

  • No need to stretch the paint over the canvas.
  • Canvases of small sizes are usually used.
  • Floral drawings are made on a contrasting background. Use white or black color.
  • The consistency of acrylic paint is medium or thick.
  • Anyone can be a medium. Most often without the use of silicone.

Acrylic pouring technique Reverse dip or flower dip

Ways to create a print

Currently, there are several successful ways to create a print:

  • Flexible print. The printing of the drawing on the canvas is done with a napkin.
  • Hard print. Imprinting is carried out on a rigid, non-bending surface. To do this, use a second canvas or table.

Each method of creating an imprint on acrylic paint, in turn, can be divided into the following options:

  • The central print. The last point of departure of the print is in the center.
  • Edge print. The last points of departure of the print are located on one edge of the canvas.

The essence of the Reverse dip or flower dip technique is as follows. The surface (the canvas or the table) is covered with background paint. Paint is applied over it with drops, puddles, stripes or a pattern. Canvas, napkin, tape are applied to the paint, as if gluing them together. It is carefully smoothed so that there are no air bubbles left between the two surfaces. The surfaces are separated and the drawing is ready.

Subtleties and features of the methodology

To create a flower, there are several ways to apply paint to the canvas. After covering the surface with background paint. The artist will need drawing skills at the lowest level. We draw a flower, its petals. We apply several colors.

Abstract flower

In the picture we draw circles and dots.

Circles and dots

We apply acrylic paint in puddles.

Puddles of paint

Draw a spiral.


Now you need to make a print.

For a flexible print, we put a tape or a thick wet cloth on the canvas with the pattern. Align, distribute over the surface to expel all the air. We take the edges of the tape or napkin. When we have all four ends in our hands, we grab the free edges a little bit at a time. We form a kind of pouch and slowly begin to separate it from the canvas. The last point of departure of the napkin should be the center of the intended flower.

Drawing and napkin

Cover the drawing with a damp cloth.

Moistening of the napkin can be done with a spray gun.

Napkin on canvas

Align the napkin on the canvas, expel the air.

Fold the napkin

We fold the napkin into the shape of a bag.

Reverse dip or flower dip

As a result, we can get this picture. This is the technique of acrylic pouring Reverse dip or flower dip.

Advanced version

For a hard print, we do the following. If we began to apply paint immediately to the canvas, then we take a second canvas of the same size. It is not necessary to cover the second canvas with background paint.

We combine both canvases with the front sides to each other. Sort of gluing them together. We smooth the surface of the canvas from the reverse side, expel all the air. Carefully separate the canvases from each other. If the last point of departure is the middle, then you will get a beautiful flower. If one of the edges, then the flower buds are on the stems. At the same time, we have two almost identical mirror drawings in our hands.

If we applied paint to the table, then we apply a blank canvas to the paint and repeat all the previous steps. As practice shows, the drawing made on the surface that was applied to the paint turns out to be more interesting.

Connecting two canvases

The canvases are attached face to face with each other.

Print of the drawing

The drawing is formed on the table and then printed on the canvas.

Example of drawing with a print

Here’s what we can do.

Edge print

This drawing is made using the edge print method.

Drawing abstraction does exactly the same as drawing a flower. Let’s look at examples of finished works.

Edge print on the right side

The edge print is made to the right side.

Edge print from the bottom

The edge print is made from below.

Such drawings can be obtained by applying paint to a canvas or table in any order. Drops, stripes, or as it turns out. Most often, the entire surface is filled with paint. The background is not required in this case.


You can even do this.

The last photos show the edge prints. In this technique, the canvas moved away from the opposite surface first with one side and last of all with the opposite side. As if it opened, and not peeled off immediately with the entire surface. Most often these are hard prints, but you can do this with a napkin.

Useful tips

The following tips will help you in your work:

  • Napkin. Be sure to choose a high-quality and dense napkin. Otherwise, it will get wet and you will remove it from the canvas in chunks.
  • Size. After printing, your flower will become visually smaller, so apply acrylic paint with a margin in size.
  • Paint. Do not use washable construction paint for the base background. The edges of the drawing on such paint will be fuzzy, will float. But maybe you will like this effect. Do not use paints with manifest effects. Otherwise, after 15 minutes you will get a drawing where only one paint is visible.
  • PVA glue. Excess PVA in the background paint can give the same effect, the edges will float.
  • Heating. After removing the print, warm it with a burner or a hair dryer. Small cells will appear and the drawing will become more interesting.
  • Quantity. If you do the work on the table, then after taking the print there is a lot of paint left. Do not rush to wash it off. Apply a colored pattern over it and make a print again. In this way, you can make about four prints in one approach. Each time, the colorful print will become larger, and the background will be smaller.

Swam edges of the drawing

Floating edges of paint on a background of washable construction paint.

In theory, the Reverse dip or flower dip acrylic pouring technique looks exactly like this. To better understand the process, watch the video. This way you can identify important nuances. This technique is very diverse, which means you can come up with your own approach.

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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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