Fluid Painting with a Beginner – How To Tutorial Dirty Pour with Swipe Technique

Fluid Painting with a Beginner – How To Tutorial Dirty Pour with Swipe Technique

This just seems funny ’cause I’m normally doing this by myself Okay, I’m here with my friend Amanda and We are up north near, Salt Lake City area in Utah So today We are going to do a dirty pour and I am going to go step by step and show Her how to do one because she’s never done one before so Amanda wanted to do some similar colors to this piece right here So what we went ahead and did we got the Apple Barrel gloss Blue let’s see what’s it called real blue this one there? And then the next one is aqua by basics Liquitex basics the next one is silver and The next one is cobalt blue by Artist Loft and that is a metallic paint then we have the white which I already have pre-mixed in a bottle and that is just a Walmart white brand semi-gloss and Then the floetrol our Elmer’s glue, and then the distilled water The Spot On treadmill belt lubricant you can find that on Amazon for like seven to twelve dollars It’s real easy to find. So these are the colors that we’re gonna do. okay, so first Amanda is going to open up the canvas and This is an Artist Loft level three gallery wrap. I wanted to show everything from the very beginning. I’ll just take that. And I’m gonna have her wipe off the canvas with her towel and the reason why is because I believe there are little bitty particles on there, and I’ve got them in my fingers before and You can’t even see them to get them out with tweezers, so She wiped that down really good, and then she’s gonna flip it over and Put the little push pins on there And these are just Little bitty push pins you can see what they look like you can get those literally anywhere Jo-ann, Michaels, Walmart Staples, OfficeMax The reason why We use those is because it sets the canvas off a little bit because you don’t want your canvas to be directly on your piece of cardboard cut-out So that way when your painting is done The drips won’t get on there and stick to your canvas, and then you’ll have to pry your canvas off with a crowbar All right, let’s start mixing some paint so let’s do the Floater all and the glue first So just in each cup we’ll do a pretty good squirt in there a Little more right there so about the same in each Cup Let me get over here, so we can see good – that’s good That’s good, okay, and then now we’ll put in the Elmer’s glue I Know it seems really weird putting in if you’re new to this putting in glue Into your paint is kinda really awkward So go ahead and start pouring And about the same amount a little more Okay So about the same amount of floral that you put in okay? And I got these clear cups for you guys at home Or or if you’re watching this at work on your lunch break Okay, so now get stir sticks in each one This is gonna be fun. This is really gonna be a fun one so Now mix those together Mix each one of those together you’ll have to grab each cup and mix it thoroughly like Really whip it around Yeah Okay and Then just do that the same on each one Okay So we have four colors, right right Well we’ll actually need to do our Wyatt 2, so we’ll get a cup for that Okay So let’s do the white Cup and get one for that so the little float roll, that’s good We might have a little much in each one, but that’s okay It shows the mix really good that and that’s what I wanted to do a little more glue Just a tad that’s good Sometimes it wants to hang up there. Oh there. We go. That’s okay so mix that one Okay All right, so now we’re going to add our paints on each one so let’s start with the dark So let me get over here Just a little more a little more Give it a pretty good squirt. Okay, okay? That’s good You know that’s good The next color that way people can see Little bit more okay, that’s good and then take your stir stick up there you go you can take your stir stick and just tap the bottom of it if You want to and that? Wipes it clean because your stir stick will have that color anyways So that’s good And that one you’ll probably have to smack it down, oh there we go okay, that’s good Perfect and then the white is in that yeah a little bit more a Little more give it a pretty good squirt in there the white okay, that’s good You can always add a little bit more Okay, so now we’re gonna stir them all really good It’s cool how it kind of mixes together yeah I’m glad I got these clear cups because Yeah, it really helps show And you want to make sure you scrape the sides of the cup to get it all good, and it doesn’t have to be perfect Yeah, because the floater oh and glue will dry like clear like Yeah So it will kind of give you that clear like effect And this color might chunk up a bit See how it starts to get little bitty chunks in there So you’ll have to try and get those out the best you can because that will leave little bitty chunks on there So yeah, we’re going to do the silver I think That one will work out pretty easy though the metallics always do I Think so Unless it froze when it was in my car on the way here that was like 18 degrees when I loved Cedar City Oh Man that’s not very good Just keep stirring it you’ll have to work those out Maybe we can come back to that color, let’s let it set for a little bit, maybe that’ll help it Well that’s pretty yeah, this cobalt blue is just it’s a really new paint like trainings per week stuff in there pretty You can feel how see how it has like a more fluid texture, huh yeah, it’s a little thinner Okay, that should be good Okay cool, so now oh That’s right, we’re not done mixing it Yeah, yeah, let’s let’s get that silver mixed up better I Don’t know what that silver is gonna work pretty junky that will that will run the painting for sure, so let’s just set that aside And Okay, so now we’re going to do the silicon drops, and we’re going to do go ahead and No, that’s the water let me check the consistency real quick That’s just a hair thick Just add a tad a few drops of water to this one. Okay, let me see this one This is a tad thick but We’re going to leave this dark color thicker. This one’s going to be a little thinner and This one here, that’s going to be a little thinner I like to mix up my paint consistency is different right yeah It’s like okay Okay go ahead and mix those Oh A little bit more on the white a little water in the white Because I know what I’ll need it okay So if you’re at home don’t be afraid to have one color heavier than the other Because they react differently which will create more cells Let me check it wait check it here Yeah, that should work You just kind of want it the consistency of like a melted ice cream Super focus Okay awesome So now We’re going to add the silicon part and So open up the bottle just a little bit the little squeeze thing yeah So just a tiny so like all the way closed You want it to come too? I wish this would focus hold it right there So just a Little bit Because if you have that all the way open It’s gonna go flood out and you don’t want that much silicon you only want three tiny drops So do three tiny drops into the blue and each color Or weight actually don’t do the blue. Sorry We’re gonna leave it plain So one two three, okay Is this what makes this sells mm-hmm it makes the paint react Okay, and then wipe that off. I closed it first Okay now take your stir stick and go one two three And you can hold your cup up to do that Do one more do one more? Right there. That’s good. That’s good oh It doesn’t have that’s right. Okay. Good call Okay, let’s see Yeah, that’s a silicone starting to react with the paint Okay This would be cool for everybody at home, so they can see exactly Because normally, I can’t get this close. Okay, so grab the big cup over here Mm-hmm and we’re gonna pour some let’s do a little bit of white in first, okay? Go ahead and give it a little bit in there. Yeah, there you go now. Wipe it There you go And then we’re gonna go a contrast color the dark This is the cobalt blue Okay Then we’re gonna do contrasting the aqua Because you don’t want to do your darks together You want to do like all your lights together, and all your darks you want that contrast? Okay So what is it? Okay? Who doesn’t have a SOCOM in it? See how it’s already starting down there It’ll it’ll still react to the silicon. That’s in the other paints, and then do that whole process over again No you don’t have to finish it all Okay And you can do this as many times as you want But you just want to have enough in there for your poor okay? Okay Okay alright, so take a small stick over there And when you put it in the cup you’re gonna put it in one side and go one and then crisscross it too And that’s it Mm-hmm so one and two and then pull it out okay? I’ll just wipe that off there Okay now we’re ready, so now you’re just gonna pour it from whatever side you want just See a lot of times people do what’s called a flip cup and you can take the canvas and do this number and Then hold it and then flip it over But we’re just gonna do a straight pour across diagonally whichever way you want to go Mm-hmm And make sure you kind of get it over the side too, but just go ahead and keep going there you go Okay now we’re gonna do a tilt, so you just start tilting it whichever way you think it looks good you Can let it run over the sides, too Now you can come back and Like you don’t have to do the whole canvas if you don’t want to you can leave some negative space in there Whatever you want to do. It’s your creative freedom That looks pretty cool. Yeah, you can Mm-hmm you can fill in those spots too with the rest of the paint. Yeah, oh There’s not very much in there so you can pour some more paint So you can pour some more paint just like you did in there First before we pour the paint let’s hit it with that heat gun okay That should be good Because that’s kind of light you don’t want too much light on the sides there, so let’s hit it with that heat gun A little closer and kind of go right to left right the left real quick See those cells they’ll start to pop out even more Or watch this white once it hits the blue See that and that cool Okay, that should be good, so Do you want to mix up a little more paint or So now you kind of got it down you can just use your creative You can do white knock what to keep it light like if you want to keep it light up here and dark down here And you don’t have to do the little crisscross if you don’t want to you can just pour it on there And it will start reacting You can do Yeah, there you go It’s a nice thing about this you can you have total creative freedom? It’ll kind of start to mix together you can push it around with that heat gun if you want to okay And you can just pour straight aqua on there if you want So get your swipe tool I want to show you a trick okay? Grab that middle one over there No the the middle one and I want you to take it and just Do a little swipe very lightly over there like that Hold it hold it kind of not so much at an angle, but flat Yeah, just like that real light Okay, and now the top okay, that’s good That’s cool, I’ll see those cells kind of come out there You can do a little more tilting if you want or I Don’t like to tilt too much, but Because it kind of changes the whole dimension of the painting So you can pour a little more blue, and then do a swipe down there, too If you liked this look you you probably want to leave it It’s White’s gonna take it over and pour some more blue in there It’s looking really cool. Yeah, I like this oh That’s cool Which one should I use first yeah, you can use that larger one Okay, that’s good Yeah, now kind of push it a little bit with that heat gun People to the south Yeah, kind of push it that way a little bit too, just a little bit You wanted to look kind of natural instead of a straight line Okay That’s very cool You ought to see it on the camera it looks really awesome. There’s like a little wave going on in the middle there Yeah, I think Now she’s getting tricky fault It might take it a little while to react, but it’ll look really neat in there like a little flow oh Yeah, that’s cool You don’t want to dry it too close don’t hit yeah, there you go because I could tell some of it was as it’ll dry it and Crack it So if you like that we can leave it and let it dry She wants a little SH. Wipe action See how I kind of dried it just a little bit And you don’t want to swipe or do too much to it because once you get it to a certain point You’ll start to lose your cells and stuff Yeah Just flow it in there kind of nice Kinda make it look natural. Oh, yeah, there you go That’s good Okay, so I think we’re done with this one and we’re gonna we’re gonna let it dry Well, thanks this was awesome Yeah, thanks for teaching me this is fun Okay, so we went from here over To the table You want to make sure that you get your painting as level as possible? Reason why? you don’t want to come back in an hour and this thing Have all the paint just dripping everywhere to one side And it will do that if it’s just off a little bit, so let’s take a look and see what we got here Looks pretty level on there hey, and that’s Christmas tree, okay, so You can put a ceiling fan on it lightly To tack it up And then that’s it you don’t want to dry it any more than that you just want it to tack up a little bit That’s the only thing I recommend, but if you put a ceiling fan on it for too long It will crack it so you don’t want to do that, but this is drying. It’s starting to dry out really nice already But like I said just make sure that you get that on there really good and another thing is Your paint will start to make buildups right in here, so I took a swipe tool Swiped across wiped it on my rag Swiped across a little bit more wiped it off on my rag because if you’re setting it on your kitchen table or whatever you don’t want to come back and have it all over your nice table and tile floor and yadda-yadda so We’re gonna. Let that dry up nice and slow and and See what it looks like after Okay, so I wanted to show you guys something On this floor squeaky over here. See how it’s doing that But see how it’s doing this right here It almost looks like little ocean bubbles That’s kind of something that happens, which is really cool from the gesso that’s on the canvas and the glue and the silicone reacting and the thinness of the paint right there So you can see it got kind of thin Right here, too Right there so that Is really awesome when you’re doing ocean scenes? That’s kind of one of my little Coin things that people ask me. How do you get those little bubbles on there and if your paints a little bit thinner it will look very ocean like that

Dereck Turner

100 thoughts on “Fluid Painting with a Beginner – How To Tutorial Dirty Pour with Swipe Technique

  1. Alpha_Infinity says:

    Unintentional ASMR. 👍🏻

  2. millybops says:

    I really don’t want to sound awful here but I lost the will to live with your friend mixing the colours etc.. she was sooooooo slow and very frustrating, it was almost as if she was waiting for the simplest of instructions from you even when common sense says to do something naturally!! Sorry but I have to be honest with you, apart from losing the will to live it was a great instructional video for beginners👍🏻

  3. Ying Ye says:

    Will be better it explain all materials and what they for.

  4. [DON'S-D-ART] says:

    Looks great I need to try this!

  5. Christine McGovern says:

    What's the difference between a heat gun and a hair dryer?

  6. Sherry Luce says:

    Why didnt you do the sides of your nice deep canvas?

  7. Kathern Hassoune says:

    Best ever for someone trying to learn!

  8. Angi Williamson says:

    Please can you tell me. How long does it take to dry naturally eg 1, 5, 8, 10 or days?

  9. Katherine Elaine says:

    Why didn’t you flood the canvas before pouring the paints? I really like how she took over and experimented. Great job for a newby. Beautiful.

  10. Daphane McConnell says:

    why use glue to flotrol

  11. Anneliese1978 says:

    How long do these dry and do you need to seal them with anything?

  12. Dustin Williams says:

    Thank you for sharing step by step. Well documented. But I would like to know the "why" behind the floetrol and glue instead of one or the other

  13. Lene Marie Thorsen says:

    If you want to avoid the paint that runs off getting everywhere, just place the painting over a food tray with slight edges for it to stand on instead of just cardboard =)

  14. chase cahoon says:

    Cost estimate for canvas and whatever fraction of the paint bottles used?

  15. Lena Brasha says:

    Can you say how long it takes before it dryes?

  16. Sammy Jo says:

    Very good instruction video. I can see that you can do too much and less is more. Too much swiping and adding a single color later causes you to lose the effect. I'm anxious to give this a try… while watching the video at the same time. I might forget something if i don't. HAHA! I personally would want to cover the edges if I was going to hang it on the wall. Thank you for posting.

  17. layna koy says:

    Any class I can take? This look fun.

  18. Ric Powers says:

    Carl, this art is simply amazing. I make scultures from crashed aircraft. It seems pouring acrylics is extrmely wasteful. Is acrylic paint super cheap? Can i buy in bulk? Im switching over to pouring instead of metal sculpure, need advice bad.

  19. Emilie Albert says:

    What about the side edge?

  20. Arts by Sharamay Ritter says:

    Hi Carl I've been trying to get my YouTube channel going which is been a task it's a process trying to learn all this editing but on one of my videos have you tried Rain-X drops on your acrylic paint? Wow when you get a chance look at my video it made a butterfly and Blossoms I had no idea it would do that I just used an eye dropper two drops in the same spot

  21. bikinggal1 says:

    proportions would be helpful to mention…like 60/40 ratio or 70/30 etc. until a person gets experienced and can eye ball. Also knowing how much paint a certain size canvas needs.

  22. bbfree1 says:

    What was the silicone for???

  23. K Ault says:

    , stating the ratios of ingredient would be Much more instructive than your eyeballing technique. If to you are going to show us how to unwrap a canvas, (wtf) you could give clear mixing instructions

  24. K Ault says:

    Maybe help with the mixing!?

  25. Arielle The Artsy Intuitive says:

    I love pour painting i just dislike all the prep work of mixing it all i just wanna pour paint straight out…lol

  26. Margaret Momparler says:

    Skip to how you may have finished the painting's sides.

  27. chestikov2011 says:

    You should have just sniffed the glue then give Amanda one lol. All these copycat elmers glue floetron ganga an other medium aditives just mimic the work of master decorators from the egyptian age.The effect is cissing/sessing when the top coat of paint or the paints used react badly.Crackle glazes on paint pottery etc is another example of reactions that look pleasing. Just my itty bitty comments, peace love out

  28. Wet Paint Contemporary says:

    Hi there new subscriber. I love this idea. Great video

  29. Leydi Ellington says:

    Carl hi, I have a question: Do you know if Sargent acrylic Gloss it works like Medium and if it does, can I mix it with Elmers glue too? The same that you did right here? Thanks. I don't find Floetrol here.

  30. Roger Cardoso says:


  31. Dana Shannon says:

    What is flotrel and what does it do and why do you mix it with glue? Anyone want to mentor me? Thx oh and silicone, what is it and why

  32. Black widow Nope says:

    You tell her she can use her own creativity but then you tell her when to do this and that and when to stop? Wth

  33. mariavera iancu says:


  34. 하얀도화지 says:

    It's good ~
    즐거운 영상 잘보고 갑니다~♡

  35. KJ Starr says:

    UMMM GLOVES! A face mask is suggested as well. When you use a heat gun you get a terrible taste in your mouth that stay with you for too long!

  36. lovin life says:

    thank you for this, just what I was looking for!

  37. lovin life says:

    what is floetrol??

  38. lovin life says:

    Can you use a hairdryer if it's all you have?

  39. Samar Zain says:

    Can we use hair dryer instead of heat gun

  40. Alli says:

    I'm gearing up to try my first pour. Thank you so much for such a detailed video. I cannot wait to get started!

  41. Fiona Cahill says:

    Awww she tickled it to death! 😁 I would have liked her to tilt it more and leave the cells to emerge without touching it.

  42. Mandy Maehym says:

    I was seriously tilting my phone ,lmao😂

  43. Missy Art Studio says:

    Great video! Thanks for sharing! ❤️💙💛💚👍 L

  44. Miguel's Choices says:

    I like the build up of her confidence towards it lol

  45. Michaella Schmidt says:

    How much glue/F;uotro; to paint ratio??? I hope to try this with my kids over the holiday!

  46. Sylvia Lin says:

    Thanks for the video.
    I seriously need to have a reply from you
    How do you DIY floetrol. How many parts of ?? N ?? Is it 50 / 50?I need the right ingredients n measurement.
    Do i still need to add more glue to my paint before adding floetrol?
    Ive been surveying for weeks n never get the right answer.
    All i get is how to use floetrol in Argylic Painting or Pouring or Dipping. I need to make my own floetrol, please help i need to see bigger cells on my pouring. I added silicone but cells tiny n limited.

  47. Jon-Erik Konves says:

    Just one small comment…

    I'd have her cut the plastic wrap off from the BACK, open area of the canvas, since shes using a boxcutter 😉

  48. Rael Picot says:

    I find the Liquitex metallic paints are occasionally like your silver. I mixed some copper the other day and it did the same thing – separated. I returned it to the store. We don’t have extremes of temperature in Tasmania so I think the fault is with the paint. It looks normal from the tube but once the Floetrol was added it curdled. This would be a great tutorial for a beginner! I use more paint tha an you but mostly do Dutch Pours or swipes. I have one part paint to 2 parts Floetrol.
    I never put silicone (I don’t like it much) in the paint unless I have a basecoat as it can go straight through to the canvas and leave an oily patch.

  49. Diane Sinnett says:

    Carl, this is very very very basic instructions. You left out a lot of crucial stuff!!! Make a part two when you have more experience that you are lacking now. Nice try Carl.

  50. Momma Bears Corner says:

    thanks for sharing…… I wish i saw what you did to make edges better to finished.. i would want to be getting them out, not putting them in. but that's just me. would doing the same as you do to epoxy fix it i wonder.

  51. auhy says:

    Pour starts at 20:24 thank me later

  52. BlueGrassBound says:

    Really enjoyed this video. I was looking for the basics for beginners. You did a great job explaining and taking the time to answer questions on the comments. 💙

  53. Road Runner says:

    I thought glue and water replaced floetrol? In other videos if floetrol was used, glue wasn’t .

  54. Derek Baker says:

    So this is a beginner teaching a beginner!!!!

  55. May Smart says:

    13 déc. 2019 👍

  56. Maria Palomo says:


  57. Aj' C says:

    From an Amanda to a Amanda. Top Notch x

  58. Vicki Hill says:

    You seem like a very good teacher you are very sweet and kind to her I thank you for that

  59. Jamie Hammond says:

    What about the mixing of the water and flortrol

  60. Diya Kandula says:

    Is the Wyatt needed?

  61. Pat Nichol says:

    Do you HAVE to have cells?

  62. Beatrice Kinsey says:

    Why did you use Elmer's Glue?

  63. Stephanie Wright says:

    Re-centering seems to be a huge KEYPOINT to tilting.

  64. Jenny Colley says:

    I'm a bit worried about that pretty table cloth…ok will keep watching now🤭

  65. Jenny Colley says:

    Sorry but I thought it very messy and maybe your friend shouldn't have used the palette knife. The sides would have been better cleaned or covered too. I'm no expert, a failure at it myself infact, but have watched quite a few 'tubes now. You have great patience though. Thanks for sharing🙂

  66. Hannah Parker says:

    How long it takes to dry completely?

  67. Eva MV says:

    The white in the bottle that is mixed already, what is on that bottle mix with?

  68. CARME RIU TOLOSA says:

    Buenas tardes, podrias decirme que es el FLOETROL en español?. Muchas gracias des de Girona Catalunya España.

  69. Janet Kos says:

    Some people do not use the silicone- why is that?

  70. FirstUPdaGREAT says:

    Uses a blade across the canvas….. ok I’m done watching lol

  71. William Shirey says:

    Use clear tape works every time.👹🤠🇺🇸

  72. colleen barnard says:

    what about the sides?

  73. Lia Power says:

    Awesome, very easy

    Thank you

  74. Faria Nubilum says:

    This is so helpful ♥️

  75. siman habibi says:

    بدي ترجمة😭😭😭😭😭😭😭😭😭😭😭😭😭😭 أرجوكم

  76. Chrissi Mulder says:

    Does it matter what kind of glue to use?

  77. Barbara Riccio says:

    Thank you, very informative

  78. Pinky Edwards says:

    what kind of glue?

  79. venusiandesigns says:

    Thank you, it’s really nice

  80. menchu arnaldorubio says:

    Súper lento me eh aburrido

  81. Lynn Fuller says:

    What is the purpose of the glue?

  82. Laura Forconi says:


  83. Мила Якименко says:

    Отличный мастер класс! Спасибо большое! Класс! 👍👍👍👍👍😍😍😍

  84. Elizabeth Carter says:

    what is floetrol used for? Havent seen that added in other videos yet

  85. Steve Gibbs says:

    I also wish you explained mixes with more clarity, for example you say you use pre mixed white? what do you use with the white to premix it?? water? medium?? what???? if medium then what medium?? im an artist / tutor myself and am still in the dark? if you are dealing with the beginner surely to need to be clearer in your descriptions etc otherwise good video. I would still like to know the formulas you use for the white! thnx

  86. C Echols says:

    Finally a video that shows mixing the ratio of paint from a tube for a beginner. Thank you!

  87. Catalina Vivy says:

    Muuahhhhh 😘 tq tq tq carl

  88. Nick Goodlock says:

    Very informative

  89. Bette Byrd says:

    Looks like a peacock feathers …I would leave it !

  90. 000KRISTEN000 says:

    Gosh that's a pretty piece..

  91. Anastasia Dias says:

    Love love! These videos are fantastic!!

  92. Tonia Shatzel says:

    I love this video, I'll get back to you once I try it! Thank you!

  93. ROBBIE SUN says:


  94. J S says:

    It’s painting with OCD Mr Rogers

  95. TrafficJam89 says:

    You have full creative freedom… No don't do that… Okay that's good… Don't do anymore

  96. Michelle R says:

    The Walmart semi gloss paint…is that acrylic or latex interior house paint?

  97. Anna McClung says:

    TL D watch!!!!

  98. Terri Johnson says:

    Very informative info. Thanks so much for sharing. I wish I had sern this when I had first started. I just recently have had some cracking problems so appreciated telling us how to prevent that. I learn so much visually then with someone just telling me. Thank you.

  99. liz cortes says:

    She should have worn gloves and tilted to cover all the edges.

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