Just grab your favorite acrylic paint colors and a canvas to try this easy DIY acrylic pour tutorial!
I’m such a sucker for acrylic pour videos. How about you? They’re fun to watch, right? But, guess what? They’re more fun to do. Here’s my Easy DIY Acrylic Pour Tutorial to help you get started.
AND, you can easily turn these into wall art, tabletops, or even colorful and pretty drawer bottoms. Today, I’ll walk you through the pour tutorial first. Then show you how to add these to your drawers.
Easy DIY Acrylic Pour Tutorial – Materials Needed
- Acrylic Paints – I love this Big Variety Pack
- Art Canvas or 1/4″ Plywood
- Some Cups and Craft Sticks for Mixing
- Drop Cloth
- Blow Dryer – This might get paint on it. So, use a cheap one.
- Spray Polyurethane
Easy DIY Acrylic Pour Tutorial – Pour Videos
For this first pour I used mainly blues with a touch of white, yellow, and gold.
The second pour went heavy on yellow with blue and gold as the accent.
Easy DIY Acrylic Pour Tutorial – Pour Setup
Prep your canvas or wood for the pour by applying a base coat of paint. White acrylic will work fine on a canvas. Wood needs a coat of a good latex primer to protect it from water. Let that base coat dry.
Pick 4 to 8 paints to use in your pour. Use more of the color that you want to be dominate. Mix each color in a cup with enough water to make it flow off the craft stick when you pick it up out of the cup.
I eyeballed it. But it might be a 2 parts water, 1 part paint ratio. Mix one cup of enough white or slightly off white base too. You need enough of this white to cover the whole piece.
It’s hard to tell exactly how much paint you need. But too much is always better than not enough. You want to have so much paint that it can be moved across the canvas with a blow dryer. You can always save leftovers for another pour.
Set your canvas or wood on top of something to keep it from touching your drop cloth. Make sure the canvas or wood is still flat.
Pour the watered down white base across the whole surface. Use a craft stick or other stiff flat edge to spread it across the surface and on the 4 edges.
Leave that white layer kinda thick. Thicker than if it was brushed on. See both of my videos to see the base I started with.
Now, it’s the fun part of this easy DIY acrylic pour tutorial when you get to be creative. Pour the main color in random circles, lines, drips, etc. across the canvas. Follow that up with the each color. Adding some wherever you feel like it should go.
Once every cup has been poured and the surface is full of wet paint, you’re ready for the blow dryer. Turn it on high and blow across the surface from any direction to find a look you love. You can see how I did it in the videos above. 🙂
Let your new masterpiece dry for 24 to 36 hours. When it’s completely dry, set the paint with a spray on polyurethane. And, you’re done!
Easy DIY Acrylic Pour Tutorial – Drawer Bottoms
I added my 1/4″ Plywood Bottoms to drawers I built by just screwing them onto the drawer frame. BUT, you can add these to existing drawers too.
Just cut your 1/4″ plywood to the exact size of the inside of your drawer. Do your pour, let it dry and apply 2 coats of a protective polyurethane. Then drop it into the drawer.
To make it easy to pull out when needed, attach a few inches of ribbon. Two inches glued to the bottom of the plywood and two inches hanging out at the back of the drawer. Then you can grab the ribbon and pull the plywood out, if needed.
That’s it for this Fun & Easy DIY Acrylic Pour Tutorial. Good Luck on your pour!
Looking for a pour tutorial on canvas?? Check out my popular Pour on Two Canvases video, then head here to see the full DIY Wall Art tutorial and all of the pictures from that pour.
Looking for more easy DIY home decor? Check out all of these easy DIY Faux Metal Paint techniques in this tutorial.
Or, this DIY Scrap Wood Wall Art Tutorial.
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