Acrylic Painting on Plates: Pour Painting Style

As a paint pouring artist, I like to learn from other pouraholic friends and in return share what I've learned so that others can join the fun!

Today, I am sharing a special acrylic pour painting technique on plates that one of my pouraholic friends was so kind to share with me and agreed on sharing it with you too! Here's a big shout out for Ann Schlater for her kindness in sharing this technique!

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Let's get started with learning how to do acrylic painting on plates in a pour painting style.

Acrylic Painting Supplies

Keep in mind that this technique was done on glass bowls, however, you can do it on any type of glassware or even on ceramic plates, bowls, mugs, or glasses.

Here's what you need to get started:


  1. Prepare your workplace
  2. Make sure the outside of your glassware is free of dust and dirt. Remember, you are painting the exterior! Then use a cloth with a rubbing alcohol & water mixture to clean the glassware.
  3. Let the glassware dry for 1-2 minutes.
  4. Place a sturdy plastic container under the the glassware to elevate 2-3 inches from the surface. 
  5. Prime your glassware. Add 3 layers of clear spray primer. Make sure the primer has dried before applying the next coat.
  6. Select your colors; use 2-4 colors.
  7. Mix each color in a single cup with pouring medium using a wooden stick. You want the paint to have a medium/light consistency. You want the paint to flow very easily.  
  8. In a large cup, pour the individual colors in alternate layers. Don’t mix. 
  9. Here’s the magic! Start pouring in the middle of base of the glassware & let it flow. 
  10. Pick up the glassware & slowly tilt. You will want to pour off enough paint so there's not a thick puddle on the base of the glassware. Continue tilting in different directions until you’re happy with the look.
  11. Use heat gun to remove bubbles.
  12. Use a wood craft stick to remove paint drips and smooth the edge of the glassware.  
  13. Let dry completely, 3-5 days. Wait till you flip your plates over. They will be beautiful! 
  14. Use sandpaper to remove any paint on the interior surface. 
  15. Use a Gloss/Satin Varnish (1-2 coats). Apply with a sponge brush if using a liquid varnish and use a heat gun to remove bubbles. No need to use a sponge brush if you are just using a spray varnish.

Here's a look at the finished product. Aren't those glass plates GORGEOUS???

Here's a video of how another fluid artist (Tracie Reed) does acrylic pouring on a ceramic bowl. The only differences between Tracie's method and Ann's method is that Tracie uses a ceramic bowl instead of a clear glass bowl, only pours paint on the sides of the bowl instead of also adding paint on the base of the bowl, and just uses gravity to create the design rather than lifting and tilting the plate.

But at least you can get an idea of how the above process on glassware works.


  • Buy clear smooth finished glassware, no designs. Dollar Tree has a lot of selections for only $1.
  • Use your heat gun to remove bubbles. 
  • Use heat-resistant glassware so that you can seal the acrylic paint properly using the baking method explained down below.
  • If NOT using heat-resistant glassware, then skip the process explained down below and just add a coat of a tough and heat resistant varnish such as this one from KBS CoatingsJust keep in mind if you use this method, your glassware might not be as durable or dishwasher safe. KBS has a spray and liquid version varnish. This type of varnish is tougher than others and will therefore protect your painting design a little bit better than other varnishes.

How to Seal Acrylic Paint on Glass by Baking it in the Oven

Even though acrylic paint will stick and adhere to glass, it can peel off if not properly sealed. Frequent exposure to moisture or water will make your acrylic paint peel off from the painted surface. Therefore, I suggest you use this baking method to seal the acrylic paint onto the glass and avoid your design from peeling off your glassware. Keep in mind that you need to use heat-resistant glassware or oven-safe glassware for this process. 

  1. Follow steps 1-13 from the Instructions section above and allow the paint to air dry at least 3-5 days before you place it in the oven.
  2. Place your painted and dried glass in a cool oven (don’t let it heat before putting the glass in, otherwise the glass WILL CRACK!!!) Also, make sure that you use glassware that is heat resistant to prevent it from shattering. 
  3. Turn the dial up to 350 degrees Fahrenheit and preheat.
  4. Once the preheat timer goes off, bake for 30 minutes.
  5. Once the baking timer hits 30 minutes, turn off the oven, and let the glass cool down INSIDE the oven. Extreme temperature changes can make your glassware shatter.
  6. Apply a regular acrylic varnish in gloss or satin finish, a moisture resistant acrylic spray varnish, or for a more durable finish, use this varnish from KBS Coatings.
  • Your beautiful glass plates are ready to use. Just remember to not wash the glassware until 72 hours after baking.  

Here's a video that shows the process of acrylic paint baking on glass.

How to Seal Acrylic Paint on Ceramic by Baking it in the Oven

Now, if you are trying this acrylic pouring technique on ceramic plates or cups, then follow the instructions below to seal your acrylic paint properly.

  1. Follow steps 1-12 from the Instructions section above. 
  2. Allow the paint to air dry at least 24-48 hours before you place it in the oven.
  3. Put your painted and dried ceramic plate or cup inside a cool oven and preheat to 300 degrees Fahrenheit. 
  4. After the preheat time is up, bake for 30 minutes.
  5. Turn off the oven and let the ceramic cool INSIDE the oven for about an hour before you take it out.

Here's a video that shows the process of baking acrylic paint on ceramic.

Care Instructions:

  • Clean with damp cloth using mild detergent and cold water.
  • Avoid using hot water as this will make the paint peel off!!!
  • Not dishwasher safe if not using the "Baking Method".
  • Not microwave safe.

Let me know if you give this technique a try and how you liked it!

And if you have a technique or method that you'd like me to share with others, shoot me an email ( just like Ann Schlater did! I'll be glad to make a post just like this to show off your technique so we can all learn together!!!

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