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I teach art and love learning new techniques.

One of my students was experimenting with pour painting. I knew right away that my son Isaak would want to do a pour painting as well.


  • A Tarp, or Trash Bag
  • A Canvas
  • 4 or 5 colors of acrylic paint
  • Disposable cups
  • Dish Soap
  • Liquid Silicone {Optional}
  • Crackle {Optional}
  • Elmer's Glue
  • Stir Sticks
  • A Foam Roller or Paint Brush
  • Blow Dryer {Optional}


Start out priming a canvas. My son painted his black. We repurposed an old canvas.

He used the blow dryer to shorten the drying time. We were both excited to start the pour painting.

Mix Some Paint

If you mix acrylic paint with some liquid silicone the pour painting will give you some really cool bubbles all over the canvas. Those bubbles are called, "Paint Cells". We don't have liquid silicone, so we tried a pour painting without it.

Instead of silicone we used a splash of dish soap, a squirt of Elmer's glue, a squirt of crackle, and some water to make it fluid.

You can just use paint, Elmer's glue, dish soap and water.

You do this with all the colors you plan on using. We made 6 colors, in 6 different disposable cups. You'll want white for sure and if your child is like mine, you'll want gold for one of the colors!


We used popsicle sticks to stir with.


Isaak wanted to see what it would look like if he poured over the bottom of a water bottle. I really don't think the bottle being there effected the pour very much.

Keep Adding Colors!

We kept adding and adding colors. It was really fun. I'm glad I was there because he ran out of some paint. I mixed up more, while he kept pouring.

You can stop short with your pour. Meaning don't let it extend to the edges.

You can also keep pouring until it flows all over the canvas.


Drying Time

We let it be for a few days. When we looked up close I loved what the added crackle did to it!

I think Isaak was happy with the results!

You can just leave it at that or add different embellishments. I decided to add a spring element to it with some pistachio flowers.

Flowers in Space

If you decide to add flowers to your pour painting, you'll need:

  • Pistachio Shells
  • Acrylic Paint
  • Something for the Centers of the Flowers 
  • Hot Glue to Attach Them


My son loved that he got to eat Pistachios to use their shells.  

We painted the shells to look like flowers. For our centers we used an acorn cap. You could use a pom pom, colored paper cut out in a circle, a cap from a drink, or something else for the center of the flower. 

You can attach everything with hot glue. We don't have our flowers attached yet. We may do something different with the pour painting background. We're undecided. 

The flowers certainly are cute though. What do you think you'd do with the pour painting? Would you leave it alone, add the flowers, or something entirely different? 

Alissa Apel

Art Instructor and Parent Blogger

Alissa Apel is a wife and mom of 2 happy and energetic boys ages 9 and 12. She is a college instructor at the Creative Center. She spends her free time blogging for, baking, cooking, working on craft project with the 9 year old, and painting. Learn More About Alissa Facebook Instagram Pinterest ...

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