On this page we answer the most frequently asked questions about Acrylic Pouring and Fluid Painting. From terms to acrylic pouring techniques and supplies questions you should find your answers here. If you have any further questions, please use the contact form.

Terms explained

Collective term for art and art movements that have detached themselves from the demand for realistic representation. Instead of painting nature and real objects, abstract art tries to achieve emotions and effects through the more or less controlled use of colours, textures and forms.
A transparent sheet of flexible plastic which is often used for the Swipe technique. Here the acetate is used to spread one colour over another and thus achieve the formation of cells.
Acrylic Pouring
In Acrylic Pouring, acrylic paints are cast on a painting surface, while BeiAcetat play involves casting a canvas on it and influencing its colour gradient by the inclination of the surface. In addition to a mixture of paint, pouring medium and water, breathtaking abstract works of art can be created using silicone oil and other additives.

As the name suggests, the binder binds the dry pigments together. In the case of acrylic paints, for example, acrylic polymer is the most common binder.

A skin-friendly form of silicone oil found in many commercially available beauty products (e.g. hair oils and conditioners). Dimethicone is added to the colour to support increased cell formation.
Fluid Painting
Fluid Painting or Fluid Art is the generic term for the flow technique in general. The ability to flow is essential so that the paint can flow over the painting surface using different techniques. Fluid Painting includes, among others, the acrylic flow technique, resin technique and alcohol ink technique.
Gesso is a white paint mixture consisting of a binding agent with gypsum, chalk, pigment or a combination of these binding agents. It is used as a base for paints and other materials to prepare various substrates such as wooden boards, canvases and sculptures. The substrate becomes fine and the adhesion of the paint is significantly improved.
Complementary Colours
Complementary colors are those colors that are located on the so-called color circle directly opposite each other. If these two colours are mixed together, they cancel each other out and a brownish tone is always produced.
Also known as thick liquid or viscosity. Here it refers to the thickness or thinness of a paint and thus also its flow behaviour.

Raw material for the production of paints. Both natural and synthetic products are ground and then mixed with a liquid binder.

Pouring Medium
The liquid casting medium can be mixed with any acrylic paint to produce smooth, uniform colour films without increasing the transparency of the colour.
For fluid painting this means synthetic resin or epoxy resin. The synthetic resin is either used for the resin art itself as a medium or finished acrylic pouring pictures are refined with it instead of the final varnish. Synthetic resin must always be mixed together with a hardener measured exactly. Resin impresses with its high clarity and extreme gloss. In addition, a refinement with resin increases colour saturation and brilliance.
Final Varnish
The final varnish is the top layer of an image that protects it and ensures a uniform gloss effect. A good varnish preserves the picture and allows the colours to fully unfold.
Silicone Oil
Depending on the pouring technique, the colours mix too much and therefore no cells can develop. For this reason silicone oil or also hair oil is used, so that this mixing can be reduced. The oil is mixed into the colour in small additions and stirred only slightly.
Yupo Paper
A special paper which, in contrast to conventional papers, is not made of wood, but of synthetic materials. It is machine-made from 100% polypropylene and is therefore waterproof, dirt-repellent and extremely tear-resistant. Yupo paper, for example, is often used for the Alcohol Ink technique.
Every acrylic paint has a certain density, which results from its composition of pigment, binder and solvent. When the different layers of paint are applied, depending on the density of the underlying layer of paint, part of the paint is pushed upwards. In this way, the cells in your pictures are simplified and explained.

General information

Where does the acrylic casting technology come from?
The trend of Acrylic Pouring comes from the USA, where this technique is becoming more and more popular. Also in Europe more and more artists and enthusiasts discover this simple way to produce abstract pictures themselves.
Which material do I need for Acrylic Pouring?
In our article “Material list for your start in Acrylic Pouring” we have listed a detailed compilation of all materials so that you can start with your first Pouring pictures as soon as possible.

Pouring Techniques

Dirty Pour
This is a technique in which all the colours are layered alternately in the same cup or container and then poured onto the painting surface.
Flip Cup
Similar to Dirty Pouring. Instead of being poured, the container with the paint is put on the painting surface and lifted up, so that the individual layers of paint lay on top of each other more strongly.
With Puddle Pour, each colour is poured onto the canvas one after the other. One colour is taken as the basis, in which all other colours are poured one after the other.
Tree Ring / Swirl
With the Tree Ring or Swirl technique, the paint is carefully applied to the canvas with circular movements, creating a pattern that resembles the tree rings of a tree.
The Swipe technique can be performed alone or together with other Pouring techniques. This technique is used to make the cells more visible or to achieve flowing patterns. To do this, wipe the applied paint with a spatula, damp cloth or kitchen paper.
Unlike the usual Swipe technique, the AirSwipe does not spread the paint with a spatula or kitchen paper, but with the help of air, for example a hairdryer. This is how the most interesting, wildest and most spectacular patterns are created.