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 :)



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Comments (18)

Mine didn’t work

By: on 12 August 2018
Hallo, I have just tried this. I really want to learn how to do it but my paint were a bit grainy and the pouring medium I made was too thin. Do I need to throw it all out or is there some way I can thicken it. Thank you. Joan Gorham

Art Shed Online Response
Hi there Joan, If you are following the tutorial on how to make the pouring medium - all you need to do to thicken is add more PVA glue. It should behave in the same consistency as pouring cream. The point about your paint going grainy is a bit odd - perhaps reach out to our team directly by emailing and let us know a bit more about what you used in the mixture. -Tom

Looks like fun

By: on 12 August 2018
Thanks the video was really helpful, can’t wait to get started

Paint only ?

By: on 11 August 2018
Can you just use high flow paint ? Or do you have to mix a pouring meduiun with it ? I did get sonevpiting medium - but it dried with bubbles in the paint.

Art Shed Online Response
Hi, I wasn't sure what the medium you used was, sorry think there was a typo. But yes it is recommended you use a medium to add more fluidity to the paint. Even with High flow acrylics. For one reason, this will dramatically reduce the amount of paint you need to use and save you money. -Tom

thickness of paint

By: on 10 August 2018
does the thickness of the paint matter? l have seen artist use a blow touch to their work, what does this do?

Art Shed Online Response
Hi there, Yes the thickness or viscosity of the paint is very important for creating fluid artworks. The paint viscosity should be uniform between your colours and you should use a pouring medium to add to the flow. The blow torches are used with resin, this rids the resin of bubbles from what I understand :) the blow torch does not increase or encourage the flow of the paint though.

For MaryAnn Hill

By: on 3 August 2018
Use vinyl music albums, they make a perfect canvas :)

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