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So what IS acrylic pouring?

Acrylic pouring is sometimes referred to as liquid art, fluid art, or paint pouring.
Acrylic pouring is a painting technique whereby coloured acrylic paint is mixed with different types of pouring medium and then poured onto a surface in a variety of ways. Then the paint is moved around on the surface to create amazing abstract artworks. This is most definitely NOT a precise or perfect art!

There are dozens of acrylic paint pour techniques. Below are some of the most popular pouring methods.

Traditional pour

This easy basic technique involves mixing your colours in separate containers and then pouring the paint gently onto the canvas one colour at a time in any direction you like. Then you gently tip the canvas to spread the paint to cover the surface. It’s easy to control and a good way to start with acrylic pouring.

Flip cup pour

You mix each colour into its own container. Then you pour each colour carefully into one larger container. This container is then 'flipped' onto the canvas at speed. It's scary and thrilling at the same time! Lastly, you tilt the canvas gently to cover it in the paint.

Dutch pour

This beautiful pour is created by firstly covering the canvas with pouring medium. Then laying down colours in a relatively small area, and then surrounding the colours with some more pouring medium. Then a hairdryer is used to brush the white over the colour and then reversing back the other way. This fans out the colours in a spectacular display, which can then be manipulated by straw blowing or using the hairdryer again.

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Ring pour

This one starts in the same way as the flip cup. You mix each colour into its own container and then pour the colours carefully into one larger container. This larger container is then poured onto the canvas, but very very slowly with tiny motions back and forth or in a circular motion. This creates ‘rings’ as the colour flows slowly over the canvas. It’s really pretty and quite mesmerising.

Fancy having a go? Come to a Workshop!

What happens in a paint pouring class?

There will be up to 8 people in a workshop. Each person will have their own 'station' which will include two canvases, all the paints necessary and an apron and gloves. This is usually undertaken standing up but chairs will be provided. The teacher will do a demo first and everyone will do a practice run with smaller canvas, and then work with the larger canvas.

You can either take your canvases straight home or you can leave with us to dry (they take a month to cure so have to be handled with care). Once cured you can pop straight onto your wall or give as a gift to someone you love.

Refreshments are included. Private parking. Please note that there are steps leading down into the studio, and a step between the art studio and the drying room.

TIMINGS: 2.5 hours

COST PER PERSON: £45+ depending on class type. Booking in advance only.

LOCATION: Great Hallingbury, Bishop's Stortford.

We also have smaller private sessions and 121's available. If you'd like to book for your friends, family or work event then please email for more information:


What should I wear? 

This art form can be messy. We recommend wearing old clothes and shoes that you won't mind getting a little messy. We provide plastic aprons and gloves but we cannot guarantee that you won't get a little paint on you.
If you are going onto a special event then we recommend bringing your best clothes with you to change into.
We have a private room for changing in.

What happens if I get paint on my clothes? 

Acrylics are easier to remove from clothes when they haven’t had a chance to try. So if the splash is still wet then run the clothing under clean warm water to flush out as much as possible.
use a stain remover gently on the stain and rub to loosen.
Rinse and reapply as needed. Then put the garment in the wash when you get home.

If the stain is dry then apply an alcohol-based cleaner, like nail-varnish remover, hairspray, or rubbing alcohol to the stain with a clean dry cloth to break down the dried plastic surface. Then, follow the instructions below for removing water-based paints.

Can I manipulate the paint into a design I have in my mind? 

The nature of pouring means that it is difficult to paint a particular image that you might want. The paint is organic and will flow naturally into all sorts of directions, but you can guide to a certain extent. You have to remember that the paint also takes a long time to dry, so it may continue to shift on the surface for days to come. It's important to keep it level to stop it from moving around too much.

As a bonus, once the pour is dry you can then work back into it by painting or drawing on top, so your creative options are unlimited!

How do I dry and seal the painting? 

Depending on the pouring medium, temperature and humidity, it can take around five days for your pour to feel touch dry and become stable. However, we recommend that you allow your pictures to dry for at least three to four weeks so that not only the surface dries, but all the layers underneath have a chance to dry completely too.

Your pour should be kept on a very level surface, in a cool room and away from direct sunlight.

Once dry we recommend that the artwork is then sealed to protect the surface.

Because the artwork will continue to evolve, you should expect it to look slightly different once you get it home, and it will look different a month on into the drying process. The colours may look duller but this is to be expected, and their luminance will be restored when the piece is sealed.

Can you paint pour with different kinds of paint? 

You can paint pour with most paints ie oils and watercolours, however acrylics tend to have the best consistency for fluid art. We use acrylics in our workshops.

What consistency should the paint be to make the best art? 

Consistency is absolutely key in fluid painting, and the results will differ depending on how thick or thin your paint is. There is a large amount of trial and error involved in making sure that your paint is just right, and you'll want it to be a different consistency depending on your method of pouring.
We take you through the process so that you get the best results possible on your first pour.

What can I pour onto? 

You can pour onto so many things! In our workshops we'll stick to the tiles and canvas to begin with, but here are just a few of the other things you can experiment with:
• Canvas
• Wood
• Tiles
• Glass
• Vinyl records
• CDs
• Serving trays
• Picture frames
• Furniture
• Pottery
• Ornaments
• Phone cases
• Rocks
• Plastic

You can also make beautiful jewellery using the 'skins' (leftover dried paint). They can be stunning!

Do we use acrylic paint straight from a tube or a bottle? 

Neither actually. The acrylic paint is mixed with varying amounts of 'Pouring Medium' in order to get the right consistency before pouring.

Can you make a set of pictures in one pour? Like 3 pictures where the design spread between them? 

In our beginners workshops we will focus on one tile and one canvas, but in theory yes absolutely, there's no limit to how many canvases you can use with one pour, as long as you have enough paint and long enough arms! ;-)

Is it literally pouring paint, or is there some skill involved? 

Although pouring itself is a relatively simple technique, it is not easy to achieve a pleasing result. There are unlimited variables; your surface, your colour choices, your consistency of paint, your timing, your steadiness of hand, the temperature in your working environment, and your creative ideas. All of these (and more) will be a factor in a successful or unsuccessful pour.

What will I come away with at the end of the Workshop? 

You will come away with a poured tile, and a deep frame stretched canvas with your second pour on, which you can pop straight onto the wall at home or give as a gift to someone you love. If you REALLY love your design then we can print it onto your choice of merchandise ie cups, coasters and framed prints.

For more information telephone: 07788 577448

Great Hallingbury, Bishop's Stortford, Hertfordshire, UK

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