Fluid Art- The fascinating art of ‘pour painting’

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Hey you! Yes, you!

Do you want to make a huge mess? Do you want to throw colours on a canvas while wrecking your home? If so, Fluid Art is what YOU SHOULD TRY.

I’m just kidding. While Fluid Art can get messy, it is an awesome way to get creative and let your imagination flow.

It’s called Fluid Acrylic Pouring, and as the name suggests, all you do is- pour the paint onto a surface (canvas, MDF board).

You could pour, and maybe even just dump it and trust me there is no single way to do this. You can create mind-blowing and exciting abstract designs that too without knowing anything about painting.

The fun part is you don’t even know what you are creating, meaning there is no control on what it ends up like.  And guess what? You don’t need a single paintbrush.

Here I am going to tell you about my experience with fluid art.  (Also, everything I have used to create this art is available on Amazon, so you can buy them by clicking on the hyperlinks)

A few days ago, my dad had told me about a fluid art workshop that was being conducted in Hyderabad by Shallni Singla. He asked if I would be interested in attending. Since I was curious, I gave it a try. 

At the workshop, the first thing I saw was people laying a plastic cover on the table to prepare. Then the participants were handed over gloves. I thought to myself “Things are going to get real messy.”

Fluid Art workshop by Shallni Singla (in blue) at Jxtapose, Hyderabad

My first experience with fluid art-

Firstly, my art instructor, Shallni Singla –  who is a very friendly and delightful person, gave me an MDF board, and something called an Artist’s Gesso, similar to white paint. I painted all over the board using a sponge to dab paint. This was done so that the paint doesn’t stick to the board and is free to move around. You can also use a canvas which is pre-coated with Gesso.

Later, I was instructed to take some acrylic paint and pour it into a plastic container. After that, I used some pouring medium to make the paint thicker, but not too thick. 

In acrylic pouring the cells are what make it look beautiful. To get the beautiful cells and the layered separations in colour I had to use a drop of silicone oil.  I had to be careful to make sure it stays away from my eyes. You could also use any hair serum.  

Finally, I poured all my paint in a glass without mixing or stirring it and poured it onto the canvas, using one of these techniques.

  • Flip Cup
  • Swirl
  • Puddle Pour
  • Dirty Pour
  • Kiss Technique


Flip Cup

After you layer your paint into the cup, all you have to do is place your cup on your canvas and flip it over. Next, lift the cup and move the paint all over the canvas so that it glides evenly to each edge and corner. Watching the paint drip off the edges can be very satisfying.


After layering the paint into the cup, you tilt the cup until all the paint comes out looking like a swirl.

 Puddle Pour

First, you pour colour on your canvas/MDF board then another one layering the colours on top of each other on your canvas and then moving the canvas around.

So that the paint covers the entire canvas.

 Dirty Pour

After you layer your paint into the cup you have to pour it in any pattern you like.

 Kiss Technique

 Hold two paint cups against each other with the paint touching midstream and being poured simultaneously looking like two glasses kissing.

Yes, that is me -Arya Reddy and my creation.

Overall, I had a lot of fun in this workshop and made the biggest mess possible. (which is what I was aiming for).

I highly recommend Fluid Art if painting is your hobby.

Fluid art is also visually very aesthetic and definitely therapeutic– a perfect stress buster. The best part is you don’t need any experience in painting to indulge in this art form. 

Looking at what I created, I felt like an accomplished artist.  I had a lot of fun in the workshop and look forward to using Fluid Art again.

Here are some amazing fluid art videos you can check out.

Acrylic pouring for beginners

Acrylic pour painting

Simple swipe technique

Fluid Art- abstract painting

Arya is an avid learner and loves to write. He likes to take on new interesting topics through in-depth research. Arya is also a trained singer, video editor, voice-over artist and loves photography.  

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