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Pouring Medium How-to
How to Use Pouring Medium in 5 Simple Steps
  • Palette Knife to mix paint & medium together
  • Small bucket of clean water
  • Paper Towel
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Step 1 Step 2
Work on a level surface that is protected from paint drips & spills. Place your canvas on the table, elevated slightly to allow drips off the side of the canvas to collect on your protected work surface. Pre-mix paint and pouring medium in your mixing cups using 1/2 tablespoon of colour to 1/2 cup of medium as a basic ratio. Make smaller or larger batches, adjusting the ratio as necessary. Adding more paint will increase opacity, whereas adding more medium will increase transparency. Mix slowly to avoid air bubbles. If making custom colours, pre-mix your paints first, then mix with the pouring medium.
Step 3 Step 4
Start pouring one of your paint colours onto the canvas. Pool the colour in one area or create a pattern by randomly swirling the colour around the canvas. Select another colour and do the same, allowing it to pour, mix and mingle with the first poured colour. Continue pouring additional colours as desired. You will immediately see the colours interact. As you pour additional colours, you can manipulate the colour interactions by either tilting the canvas slightly to pool colour in certain areas or by gently drawing a paint knife through the colours to swirl them together.
Step 5

The paint colours will continue to mix, mingle & change while drying. Allow a minimum of 24 hours to dry or 48 hours for thicker pours of colours. Your artwork is now ready for display!
Try This Technique!
Combine two wood panels to create one amazing piece. Use the techniques listed in these steps or create your own style.
* Contrasting colours generally give a stronger impression. Consider neon colours for added impact!
* Some artists encourage the paint to pour over the edges of the canvas, allowing the finished artwork to carry over all four sides. Framing your artwork is not necessary with this technique!
* Try pouring the medium without any colour added, to create transparent areas in your work.