Paint Pouring Techniques

So you think you pour some paint and that’s all there is to paint pouring, right? Not so fast. Different paint pouring techniques require different paint consistencies, mediums (additives that help it move on the canvas and display cells) and apparatuses to achieve different kinds of results.


Paint pouring is an all-around organic form of painting that does not involve any paint brushes or require skill in drawing straight lines. The color pigments come from nature, the styles emulate the elements (water, earth, wind and fire) and the universe at large.

Paint pouring is part art, part science and pure magic.


Scroll down to see a few examples of the pouring techniques we offer in our schedule. If you are planning a paint pouring party, this is a great list to choose from. If you’d like to try something that is not listed here, get in touch. We’re open to trying new things.

[qode_workflow animate=”yes”][qode_workflow_item image_alignment=”left” title=”Straight Pour” text=”A straight pour involves mixing several paint colors individually, then pouring them onto the canvas one at a time or gently layering each color in a single cup before pouring onto the canvas or surface to be painted. There are multiple ways to layer the colors in the cup.

The paint can be poured directly onto the canvas or onto (over or through) something else to create a different effect. While the possible items and effects are endless, we’ll discuss a few techniques and effects below.” image=”15525″ subtitle=”A basic paint pouring technique, not to be underestimated”][/qode_workflow][qode_workflow animate=”yes”][qode_workflow_item image_float=”yes” image_alignment=”right” title=”The Ring Pour” text=”A ring pour is all in the wrist. You can use almost any set of colors, layered in a cup, then carefully poured in a slow, circular motion. The result is quite stunning!” image=”15533″ subtitle=”A reference to tree rings.”][/qode_workflow][qode_workflow animate=”yes”][qode_workflow_item image_alignment=”left” title=”Cloud Pour” text=”Colors rise and sink in paint pours based on the weight of their pigment. Generally darker colors are heavier than lighter colors. For this reason, you might think white would naturally rise to the top since it is a light color, but it is exactly the opposite. Therefore, even if you add a ton of white to your pour, you can usually expect it to sink to the bottom and reveal the other colors instead. Except with the Cloud Pour. This pour uses special paint mixture that helps the paint rise to the top, giving greater lightness and dimension to the end result.” image=”15529″ subtitle=”Lightness and dimension of clouds in between your colors”][/qode_workflow][qode_workflow animate=”yes”][qode_workflow_item image_float=”yes” image_alignment=”right” title=”The Moon Walk Pour” text=”The Moon Walk Pour is unlike almost any other pour because it uses a simplified paint palette of just three colors – black, white and metallic silver. The cells give the illusion of craters in the moon, and the contrast intensity is truly striking.” image=”15532″ subtitle=”Black, White and WOW!”][/qode_workflow][qode_workflow animate=”yes”][qode_workflow_item image_alignment=”left” title=”Geode Pour” text=”The geode pour can resemble almost any geode that you like, or it can be a new thing that you create from your imagination. It can also be from any perspective, such as a geode slice (like here, in this example by one of our participants), or it can be from a bird’s eye view, or any other perspective you might come up with.

In this class, we walk together, step by step, to mix your own custom colors before adding the geode layers to the canvas one at a time, ending with glass and other texture elements for a realistic geode crust. The end result is a dazzling geode on canvas that will be a lifelong treasure.” image=”15530″ subtitle=”With Glass and Texture”][/qode_workflow][qode_workflow animate=”yes”][qode_workflow_item image_float=”yes” image_alignment=”right” title=”The Kaleidoscope Pour” text=”This technique requires a healthy combination colors, layered in a cup (or not), then poured through a kitchen colander at just the right speed and angle. There are several little tricks that take this from a funky pour to a mesmerizing result.” image=”15531″ subtitle=”Lucy in the sky….”][/qode_workflow][qode_workflow animate=”yes”][qode_workflow_item image_alignment=”left” title=”Swipe of Air” text=”The Swipe technique was introduced as a final option if the original pour didn’t turn out well, but it is so interesting that it became it’s own art form, worthy of a class title. The technique itself is actually very simple – just swipe! There are many ways to apply this amazing art technique – swipe one direction with one color, or multiple directions, or multiple colors, or do a wavy line, or a circle, or a star, or a swoosh. The possibilities are as endless as they are fascinating.” image=”15534″ subtitle=”And breathe”][/qode_workflow]


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