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Tacky Glue as Paint Pouring Medium

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If you’re not doing it yet, I’m sure you definitely want to try it. Paint pouring that is! This new trend is showing up EVERY where and every artist is getting in on the craze. But you don’t have to be an artist to try it. And you don’t have to spend crazy bucks to get a great finished product. The key to paint pouring is using a paint pouring medium that really allows the paint to FLOW. And if you didn’t know, Aleene’s Original Tacky Glue works as a great (inexpensive) paint pouring medium. So keep reading, take notes and have fun!

What you need:

- Aleene’s Original Tacky Glue

- Stretched canvas in desired size

- 3-4 acrylic paints in desired colors, plus white for base color

- Silicone oil

- Bowl/ plastic spoon for making glue mixture

- Plastic cups for paint colors and supporting canvas

- Large plastic cup (used for paint pouring technique)

- Disposable surface cover

- Large tray or cookie sheet to catch drips

To get started, Pour desired amount of glue into mixing bowl, enough to create enough mixing medium for each paint color.

Add water to glue and mix until consistency of honey, adding more glue or water as needed.

Pour paint colors into cups and add glue mixture, approximately 1 part paint to 2 parts glue mixture.  Stir together, adding small amounts of water or glue mixture until paint mix is the consistency of honey.

Add approximately 3-4 drops of silicone oil for each tablespoon of unmixed paint to paint mixtures and stir.  Do not add silicone to white mixture.

On covered work surface, support canvas on plastic cups over tray to catch drips.

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The first technique showed here is the “Dirty Pour”

Pour small amount of white paint mixture into pouring cup. Tip- whichever color is on the bottom will be on top once you pour your cup onto the canvas. Heavier paint colors will also sink to the bottom.

Layer the other colors in alternating layers in cup.

Lay your canvas on top of the filled cup. Holding the cup firmly against the canvas, carefully flip canvas right side up and lay it on the support cups.

Slowly remove cup from canvas, allowing paint to move freely on canvas.

Gently tip canvas in different directions to cover canvas and create abstract design.

Set onto cup supports and allow to dry.

Picture of Tacky Glue as Paint Pouring Medium

This fun, creative and colorful project is definitely a great way to unwind and let your creative juices flow. Remember, a great finished product starts with great paint poring medium. And that’s just what Aleene’s Original Tacky Glue can be used for! 

Picture of Tacky Glue as Paint Pouring Medium


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Published Date

January 17, 2018