In a previous video about acrylic pour painting for beginners, I took you on a step-by-step walkthrough of all of the tools and supplies that I use when making my own acrylic pour paintings and showed you a very basic technique for creating them. In this video, I’ll show you how to make an acrylic pour painting using the dirty pour flip cup technique. There’s no dirt involved, I promise!
The dirty pour flip cup technique is one of my favorites for making pour paintings, and it’s super easy to do. You just pour all of the paint colors that you’re using for your painting into one cup, flip the cup onto your canvas, lift the cup, and go. It’s that simple!
I like to allow the cup with the paints in it to sit on the canvas for 15 to 20 seconds before lifting it (you’ll see me do this in the video below), and I also like to leave a little bit of paint in each individual cup in case I want to add it to the painting later (I do this for all of my acrylic pour paintings, not just paintings made using the dirty pour flip cup technique).
Check out the video below for a step-by-step tutorial on the dirty pour flip cup technique:
Supplies Used in This Project
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Husky Plastic Sheeting (or a large garbage bag / old newspapers / a bunch of plastic grocery bags / a painter’s dropcloth)
Foil Cookie Tray (to catch most of the excess paint as it runs off the edges of the painting – I purchased a set of 2 for $1.00 at the dollar store)
Vinyl Gloves (if you don’t want to be cleaning acrylic paint from under your fingernails for days, then use gloves – I buy mine by the box at Walmart in the cleaning supplies aisle)
Acrylic Craft Paints (in the video, I used Martha Stewart Wedding Cake & Beach Glass, Folk Art Aqua, Ceramcoat Black, and Decoart Champagne Gold craft paints)
Pouring Medium (I make mine with a 1:1 ratio of Elmer’s Glue All and water)
Squeeze Bottle (I put the glue and water into this and shake it up until they’re well mixed. The squeeze bottles are a really easy way to dispense your pouring medium, and you can just put the cap back on when you’re not using so it doesn’t dry out)
Food Service Portion Cups (to hold the paint / pouring medium mixture – you can use any small plastic cups for this, or you can save yogurt containers or even plastic cat food containers and use those)
Wood Craft Sticks (to stir the paint / pouring medium mixture – I picked up a package of 100 for $1.00 at the dollar store, and once the paint is completely dry on them, you can reuse them)
Art Alternatives 8×10 Canvas Panels (if you want to hang your paintings on the wall, you should use a regular canvas, but I like these panels and buy them by the dozen from Amazon)
Plastic Shot Glasses (to raise the canvas off of the work surface so the paint can flow off the edges after you pour – I bought a package of 24 plastic shot glasses for $1.00 at the dollar store, but you can use food service containers, plastic yogurt containers, cat food containers, or even a small box under the canvas)