If you’re new to acrylic painting, you may be wondering what pouring is and how it can benefit your style. By pouring, you can achieve stunning marbleized effects, add rich glazes and smooth out unwanted textures. There are many different ways and techniques you can perform your acrylic pouring, and each of them has different merits and can affect your overall look in different ways. Here are 5 interesting facts about different acrylic pouring techniques.

1. You can make your pour look like an oil painting

Acrylic painting is fun because there isn’t a whole lot of cost involved, and it’s not half as messy as oil painting can be. Acrylic paint dries easily, too. But what happens when you want your painting to have the glossy shine that oil paintings have? By using a coated pour, you can still achieve this look with acrylic paint! Coated pours are a combination of acrylic paint and pouring medium, which can be vicious or quite thin, and there are more details on acrylicpouring.com. The medium will affect the overall look. The paint creates a fluid shape that sits on top of the painting surface.

2. Watercolor effects

If you really like the effect of watercolor paints but acrylic is where your heart is, you can still achieve these looks by using a wash pouring technique. Rather than use medium, like what you would do for a coated pour, you can dilute your acrylic paint with water in a 1:1 ratio before you perform your pour. You’ll end up with different effects based on what surface you’re painting. If you have a glossy surface, your wash pour will break apart into funky shapes. If it’s a matte surface, the paint will soak into the surface the way watercolor paints do.

3. Embrace the dirty pour

Dirty pouring might sound a bit strange to you, and that’s okay. Despite what you’re probably immediately picturing, dirty pours are mere pours that you perform when the colors are mixed together. Simply choose the colors you want to use and mix them into your pouring container. As you pour, the paints will mix and create interesting patterns and designs. You can move the paint around by tilting the canvas in order to create more eye-catching patterns.

4. Flip your cup

First thing’s first: we aren’t talking about a drinking game here! Flip cup in the context of acrylic painting is actually a really cool pour technique. By putting your different colored paints into separate cups you can then dilute them with water and/or pouring medium. Then, layer them all together in one cup and quickly flip it upside down onto your canvas. Be careful not to spill any! Then, slowly lift the cup and watch the paint escape across the canvas.

5. Straight pour

It may sound boring but a straight pour of your acrylic color can produce a really cool effect. Starting with your darkest color and working to your lightest, pour your paints into the center of your canvas. With each layer, the colors will begin to spread outwards to the edge of your canvas. You can create small circles by pouring just a small amount of paint.

Acrylic pouring is a fun technique that can really improve your paintings. The amazing effects pouring have can mean the difference between a boring landscape to a bright, unpredictable expression of your personality. Pouring doesn’t result in just one look, so start to experiment with how you achieve your pours and start taking your paintings to the next level