2 Easy DIY Pouring Medium Recipes With Elmer’s Glue, Modgpodge, or PVA - Love Acrylic Painting
February 21, 2020

2 Easy DIY Pouring Medium Recipes With Elmer’s Glue, Modgpodge, or PVA

Lately, acylic pour painting has been gaining more exposure on the art media. Every time there's more people who want to try acrylic pouring at home or in studios and each time our ideas go further.

It all started making incredible works of art on canvas, and now we use plates, cups, glass, wooden furniture, and other crazy things like phone cases, shoes, skateboards as our painting surface.

Here is an article about Acrylic Pour Painting on Furniture where you can get amazing ideas of different pieces of furniture for your home or office.  

I can assure you that you are going to go and paint the first drawer that crosses your path.

What is acrylic pouring?

I'm sure you have seen pictures like this, and you are amazed by the way these colors come together.

Acrylic Pouring consists in letting the acrylic paint run through any surface. 

You can use any combination of colors in any order using different paint pouring techniques. You will see how the paint moves freely and creates different patterns. 

It's super easy: you just let the Acrylic Paint move and create a work of art. 

There are different techniques such as Dirty Cup, Flip Cup, and so many others. 

How to do acrylic pouring?

Trust me, once I saw pictures of fluid painting, I thought it was very complicated to achieve these kinds of visual effects.

We all probably have some sort experience with trying to do a beautiful painting and in the end not getting the painting we envisioned. Maybe you ended up with a blob of colors that are not so appealing to the eye or your watercolors got mixed and muddied.

The idea of acrylic pouring is precisely to create a painting that with colors that flow and mingle with each other harmoniously.

Maybe it might not seem simple at first sight...

But once you learn the basics of acrylic pouring and master it, you won't believe how easy it is. 

It may surprise you that once you have the basics down, it can be quite easy to actually achieve a museum-worthy effect.

Acrylic fluid painting/ acrylic pouring is simple. You just need to have the following materials:

  1. 1
    Pouring medium (you can buy it, or you can learn how to do it yourself. Keep reading if you want to get a diy pouring medium recipe.)
  2. 2
    Acrylic paint in any colors you want to use
  3. 3
    A painting surface that is ready to use. I recommend you use a canvas, tile, or primed wood.

All of the previously mentioned ingredients are necessary, but the star ingredient in this method is the pouring medium. 

Here are some pouring mediums I personally recommend.

Do I really need a Pouring Medium? 

Yes, you do!

You see, a pouring medium is a substance used to change the consistency of Acrylic Paint so that it can easily flow over your painting surface. 

Without it, your paint will NOT flow properly and you will just end up with a blob of paint!!!

But be careful! You also don't want to make your paint mixture so thin that all your colors end up mixing and creating a muddy color. 

By adding a pouring medium to the Acrylic Paint you will get the necessary consistence to make it flow and move in a harmonious way WITHOUT MIXING.

Using a good pouring medium could be the difference between quality and permanence of the paint for years.  

Many people choose to use water to “thin” acrylic paint, and sometimes it works; however, you risk losing the brightness of your colors or breaking up the binders that hold the pigments together. Then you will end up with a dull painting or a painting with cracks.

If you’re looking to create a beautiful paint with quality... stick to the pouring medium.

There are many options on the market... even some that have a matte or glossy finish.

However, if you are a beginner and don’t want to spend money on buying a quality pouring medium until you get more experience, then you can make a diy pouring medium at home, with much cheaper ingredients and still get a wonderful result.

Here are two different recipes so you can choose the one that suits you or the ingredients that are easier for you to get.

DIY Pouring Medium With Glue 

First you must know that you can create your own pouring medium with Elmer's Glue or PVA Glue. Here are my recipes: 

DIY Pouring Elmer’s Glue Medium Recipe

To use: Mix enough pouring medium into your acrylic paint until you get a heavy cream like consistency.

This pouring medium is ready to use with your acrylic paints. 

Alternate DIY Pouring Medium Recipe

  • 3 Parts Floetrol (300 grams)
  • 2 Parts PVA glue, Elmer’s Glue or Modpodge (200 grams)
  • 1 Part Pouring Medium (100 grams)
  • ¼ part water (25 grams)

Measure your ingredients on a scale, pour them into a bottle, and then shake, shake, shake until thoroughly mixed.

To use: Mix enough pouring medium into your acrylic paint until you get a heavy cream like consistency.

So there you have 2 awesome diy acrylic pouring medium options! If you don't want to buy an expensive pouring medium for now because you are barely dipping your toes into fluid art, then go ahead and mix a batch of your own.


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