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Acrylic Pour Painting for Beginners, Basic Dirty Pour Tutorial (Video)

Acrylic Pouring for Beginners, A Basic Dirty Pour #acrylicpouring

In an earlier acrylic pouring for beginners video, we learned the dirty pour flip cup technique, which is a favorite of mine. This week, I’ll be showing you a step-by-step walkthrough for a basic dirty pour. It’s similar to the dirty pour flip cup technique, but it’s different enough that I thought it deserved its own video. I like that the basic dirty pour allows you to have a little bit more control over where your paint goes, though I have to admit that I really like the extra bit of mystery that the flip cup technique offers.

What’s so “dirty” about a dirty pour, you might be asking? Well, you just pour all of the paint colors that you’re using for your painting into one cup before pouring, as opposed to pouring the paint colors onto your canvas separately. I think the “dirty” part just refers to the fact that, instead of pouring a single “clean” color, you’ve got a cup that’s “dirty” with several different colors. But it’s a very simple technique, and there’s no dirt involved!

If you want a more in-depth look at the tools and supplies that I use, as well as how I mix my Elmer’s Glue pouring medium, be sure to check out my first video in this series, Acrylic Pouring for Beginners, Step By Step.

Check out the video below for a step-by-step tutorial on the basic dirty pour technique:

Supplies Used in This Project

The following supply list contains affiliate links. I make a small commission if you purchase through these links, and I really appreciate it if you do!

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, Summer Haze, Pink Dahlia, Americana Deep Midnight Blue & Melon, Folk Art Wicker White, and Ceramcoat Black 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)

91% Isopropyl Rubbing Alcohol in a spritzer bottle to pop bubbles in the paint. You can spray this into the paint cups before pouring, spritz it onto the canvas after pouring, or both.

Happy pouring!

Acrylic Pour Painting for Beginners, Dirty Pour Flip Cup Tutorial (Video)

Acrylic Pour Painting for Beginners, Dirty Pour Flip Cup Technique (Video) #acrylicpouring

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

The following supply list contains affiliate links. I make a small commission if you purchase through these links, and I really appreciate it if you do!

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)

Happy pouring!

Acrylic Pour Painting for Beginners, Step by Step Tutorial Video

Acrylic Pour Painting for Beginners, Step by Step (Video Tutorial)

Have you tried acrylic pouring? I’ve been making acrylic pour paintings for about a year now, and it’s been a really fun and relaxing way to create. It allows me to take a bit of a break from my other design and creative work and just enjoy the process. And, even though I’m kind of a control freak, I actually enjoy that I don’t quite know how each painting is going to turn out. After you’re done moving that paint around, it’ll still move a little bit further after you leave it to dry. So, it’s always a fun surprise to come back a day or two later, when it’s completely dry, to see the final painting.

In the video below, I’ll show you the simple process and easy-to-find supplies that I’ve been using to create my paintings. I’ve been trying to keep things budget-friendly, too, so none of the supplies that I use is very expensive. Since I don’t use professional pouring medium or artist grade acrylic paints here, these paintings are not archival. If you want to sell your original art, then you’ll want to look into archival grade supplies so your paintings will maintain their quality for years to come.

Check out the video below to see the step by step acrylic pouring for beginners video:

Supplies Used in This Project

The following supply list contains affiliate links. I make a small commission if you purchase through these links, and I really appreciate it if you do!

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 Folk Art & Americana brands, but I’ve also used Martha Stewart, Apple Barrell, and Michael’s Craftsmart store brands with good results)

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)

Happy pouring!

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