How to Create Fluid Art and Make Your Own Pouring Medium

Date Posted:15 January 2018 

We demonstrate how to make your own budget friendly pouring medium and how to create fluid art

How to Create Fluid Art - and Make Your Own Pouring Medium

Fluid Art and Acrylic Paint Pouring is an interesting way of applying acrylic paint to canvas, it creates free-flowing nebulas of paint and colour - and can be really effective when done well.

We understand that not all Artists can afford to use the top quality archival mediums, such as Liquitex Pouring Medium or Atelier Pouring Medium to make their fluid art with - and many people seek alternative ways to create the same effect so they can experiment with fluid art, and hone their skills without it costing a fortune.

We are going to show you a recipe using Mont Marte Art Supply products to make your own pouring medium, and also examine a few basic tips for getting into fluid art painting.

How to Make Your Own Pouring Medium 

Using 4 ingredients you can mix your own version of Pouring Medium to practice your pour with for a quarter of the price.

The ingredient you will need are listed below, and can be found on our website and will cost under $25

The mix is a combination of -

1 Part Mont Marte Acrylic Medium Gloss

3 Parts Mont Marte PVA Glue

1.5 Parts Water

And half a tube of Acrylic Retarder

In this example, 405mls of PVA, 135mls of Acrylic Gloss Medium, and 203mls of Coldwater has been used.


Once thoroughly mixed the liquid should be the consistency of pouring cream.

If you want to make a larger batch all you need to do is increase the quantities at the same ratios.

The mixture can be stored in an airtight container, make sure to remix is if you leave it overnight in the container in case elements have separated.


Mixing Paint and Pouring Medium 

Prior to commencing a pour your will need to mix up your colours with the medium in cups or containers.

Using plastic cups, combine 1 part Paint, 2 Parts Pouring Medium and 1 part Water. Using a wooden stirrer to thoroughly combine all the elements until it is the consistency of pouring cream.


Creating your first pour

In this demonstrated pour, colours are mixed to suggest a galaxy or clouds. To create this style of pour, fill the plastic cups with small amounts of the paint previously mixed with pouring medium.

The order for colours is not that important but some nice results are achieved if you pour the colours into the cup in colour groups: for example warm colours and then cool colours

Once the pouring cup is filled. Hold the cup in your hand and lay the canvas face side down on top of the cup. Ensure the cup is relatively centralised. Hold the cup and the canvas tightly together and flip the canvas face side up. You can then gently lift the cup and release the paint. Manipulate the paint around by tilting the canvas until it is covered.

Watch Mont Marte Joe's video demonstration covering most of what is mentioned in this post.


Looking for round canvas? Click here to see our range of round, oval and heart-shaped art canvases


These are just some of the basics of fluid art, but we welcome you to add your own tips and comments below :)



Comments (7)


By: on 4 April 2018
I am wanting to try paint pouring and found all the sites so confusing until I came across this one with the DIY medium recipe. So looking forward to my first effort. Thanks Gillian.

Carole, 2 April 2018.

By: on 2 April 2018
This is the best vidio Ive seen in regards to quantities and measurements for acrilic flow painting, I am confident now that my next try (3 so far) will work. Thankyou very much.

Is it cheaper than Floetrol?

By: on 1 March 2018
Hi, is your diy pouring medium cheaper than Floetrol or do you feel it works better, which makes it worth paying extra to create? I've only just discovered your great site and look forward to checking it out even further :)

Art Shed Online Response
Hi Simone, Unfortunately I don't know enough about Floetrol nor have I used it :( I have heard a lot about it though. The thing that would work best will hands down always be an artists quality pouring medium, as they are made to be archival and last for the long term, whereas budget alternatives will not have that same level of guarantee. I am so glad you found us and please get in touch if you need any other help!

Thank you

By: on 14 February 2018
I have been inspired by the idea of pouring paint but as a beginner I had no idea how to do it, so thank you so much!

Art Shed Online Response
Hi Sarah, Thank you for reading the post! We hope you got some value from it.

Well done.

By: on 20 January 2018
Thanks for making the effort to create this video. Helps so much to see how it's done.

Art Shed Online Response
Thanks Carol!

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