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Paint Pouring Tutorial

This super trendy painting technique is actually easier than you’d think! Come find out two different methods of paint pouring to create unique, eye-catching designs on our furniture and home decor!

In this tutorial we'll show you two different methods of paint pouring; dirty pour and straight pour. If you'd rather watch a video, we also have a video tutorial available towards the bottom of the page!

To get your hands on some paint pouring supplies, stop by your local retailer or order from our online shop.

Supplies:

  • 2-3 colors of All-in-One Decor Paint
  • Clear Bonding Primer
  • 2-3 plastic cups
  • A project to pour on - small home decor items work great for this, as well as picture frames, plant pots, small table tops, and drawer fronts!
  • Stir sticks
  • Rubbing alcohol in a spray bottle - optional

Dirty Pour

Step 1) Dilute your paint

You’ll want to pick about 2-3 paint colors that go well together. Avoid picking colors that might turn muddy when mixed. We recommend always using white as one of your colors, and if you choose a dark color like black or navy, use it sparingly so it doesn’t take over and hide the other colors.

For this demonstration, we chose Simplicity, Vintage Cupcake, and Hurricane.

Dilute each one in a separate cup by mixing about 1 part Clear Bonding Primer with 2 parts paint. This isn’t an exact science, so play around with what works best for you!

There are two main reasons for adding the primer; it will make the paint a bit thinner so it spreads more easily, and it will also help to stop the colors from blending together too much.

Step 2) Combine all colors in one cup

Take each of your paint cups and pour them together into one cup. DO NOT stir them together!


Step 3) Pour onto your project

Here’s where the fun begins!

Make sure your project piece is nice and flat and level. Prop it up on something like a plastic cup so the drips can run off the sides, and make sure you have cardboard or a drop cloth underneath.

Then simply turn your cup upside down and let the contents pour out.

Step 4) Tilt and drip

Gently tip your project and let the paint drip naturally until it covers your entire surface.

Step 5) Spritz with rubbing alcohol

This step is optional.

If you want to create more texture with some fun cells, just gently spritz the surface of the paint with rubbing alcohol and watch the magic happen!

You may have heard of others using silicone to create cells, however silicone is not archival. This means it will stay in the finish instead of evaporating, and you never know what that might do over time. To avoid potential yellowing over time, use rubbing alcohol and not silicone.

Step 6) Paint the sides

If necessary, you can use an Artist Paint Brush to catch the drips and add color to the sides of your project.

 

Straight Pour

This method is very similar to a dirty pour in a lot of ways, and will yield similar results, but it’s a little better for creating bold pours where the colors blend less.

Step 1) Dilute your paint

You’ll want to pick about 2-3 paint colors that go well together. Avoid picking colors that might turn muddy when mixed. We recommend always using white as one of your colors, and if you choose a dark color like black or navy, use it sparingly so it doesn’t take over and hide the other colors.

For this demonstration, we chose Simplicity, Pebble Beach, and Cranberry Sauce.

Dilute each one in a separate cup by mixing about 1 part Clear Bonding Primer with 2 parts paint. This isn’t an exact science, so play around with what works best for you!

There are two main reasons for adding the primer; it will make the paint a bit thinner so it spreads more easily, and it will also help to stop the colors from blending together too much.


Step 2) Pour each cup one at a time

Pour the contents of each cup onto your piece randomly. You can go back and forth between colors and place them anywhere you like on the surface of your project. Unleash your inner artist and have fun with this!

Step 3) Tilt and drip

Gently tip your project and let the paint drip naturally until it covers your entire surface.

Optional steps:

Spritz with rubbing alcohol

If you want to create more texture with some fun cells, just gently spritz the surface of the paint with rubbing alcohol and watch the magic happen!

You may have heard of others using silicone to create cells, however silicone is not archival. This means it will stay in the finish instead of evaporating, and you never know what that might do over time. To avoid potential yellowing over time, use rubbing alcohol and not silicone.

Paint the sides

If necessary, you can use an Artist Paint Brush to catch the drips and add color to the sides of your project.

 

Watch this video to see our company co-founder, Rosanne demonstrating both straight pours and dirty pours!



Click here to watch our video tutorial on paint pouring: https://youtu.be/5gkfSg5Uumg
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