Fluid Painting with Liquitex Pouring Medium & Floetrol

Fluid Painting with Liquitex Pouring Medium & Floetrol

you’re really going to enjoy this piece
it’s so colorful so contrasty and I just love the colors I know I’m a sucker
for like… blues and purples and like aqua sea type colors in this video I’d go a
step-by-step version so you can follow along and you can get some similar
results while you’re trying this at home and I don’t speed up the mixing part so
that you can literally follow a long step by step so I’m showing you the
artist loft flow paint and that’s white and that there is the metallic purple by
artist loft and then there’s the metallic blue by artist loft and then
I’m going to use liquitex pouring medium and Floetrol by Flood brand and you
can’t find Floetrol in all countries so if you can’t don’t worry about it just
go ahead and use the liquitex pouring medium on its own and if you want you
can mix in just a little bit of water with that but I wouldn’t go to much at
all I’m gonna do another pour shortly where I use just strictly liquitex
pouring medium so I’m getting my cups ready here for the mixing process and I
know some of you might want to fast-forward through this or on youtube
you can actually speed up the video there’s a little button you can click to
speed it up and that way your video goes faster and you don’t have to sit here
and watch this whole thing if you don’t want to but for those of you that are
really wanting to try this project I keep the speed at normal pace because I
don’t want to go too fast for you while you’re watching so I put I put in a pretty good amount
of paint the artists loft brand is not the most pigmented paint in the world
but I love it because it’s really easy to mix and maybe that’s why because it
doesn’t have so much pigment I don’t know I’m not a technical junkie but it
does have good color consistency I think it’s easy to work with and the price is
right some of those tube paints or paints that come in a tube can get
really expensive like 16 dollars for a tube of paint to me that’s really
expensive I mean the liquitex pouring medium alone was $32 so if that gives
you any idea of how expensive that is and I used a whole quart for this pour one thing that I noticed when I was
mixing this on the blue I came back later and added a little more paint and
when I did that I didn’t realize it had left a few little chunks of pain and
they’re not really chunks but just soft pieces of paint fortunately this is how
awesome the liquitex pouring medium is fortunately that liquitex pouring medium
kind of pulled that out and really flattened it on the painting so I got
lucky there so try and make sure that when you’re adding your paint that you
add plenty at the start so you don’t have to go back and add it later because
I believe it’s a little harder to mix just a little tip there’s a lot of back-and-forth going on
on the internet about the Floetrol being late text based and latex coming
from trees or rubber trees that eventually the Floetrol in your paint
will end up cracking peeling chipping or or whatever I haven’t really had that
problem but again I haven’t been painting that long and I don’t have a
you know hundred years laying around where I’m like 100 years later
this painting fell apart so I don’t know that’s kind of a constant argument out
there some people are saying that it will only last 10 years but they’re kind
of comparing that with latex based products that go outside your home like
exterior paint obviously the painting is going to be inside your home in a
climate-controlled environment and it’s going to be sealed properly I would hope
and there’s a lot of different factors and when you put things outside it you
know it gets water mildew wind dust rain all kinds of stuff and then the the sun
damage so I don’t know I’m thinking that the Floetrol will be just fine
but that’s just me personally that’s my opinion
you don’t have to take my opinion or advice as gold I would like to talk to a
chemist about it and see what they think as far as the the Floetrol product
being used and a lot of these fluid paintings I really love to use it it’s a
great product but a lot don’t see it as professional
so that’s just something that you ought to know I mean I like using the liquitex
pouring medium on its own on smaller pieces but on these big pieces I like to
use the Floetrol because I get the paint to a better consistency and you
can move that paint around and get it off the sides you know easier because if
you’re just using like straight liquitex pouring medium it’s a lot thicker and it
wants to set up fast on you so you have to work pretty fast with it but again
I’m gonna do a video where I just use straight liquitex pouring medium I’ve
done one before the video that I did with little paisley the six year old
girl and it turned out wonderful but again that was like 10 inch by 10 inch
canvas or maybe 8 inch by 8 inch so it was really small but on these big
canvases you know you don’t you don’t want big globs on there and you want
some movement in your paint and I hope I’m not talking too much for you you
know me I love to talk I think this is where I went back and added a little
more blue I’m not sure but my work area definitely needs to be
cleaned up I’ve done a lot of these big pours and it’s just getting pretty messy
I’m gonna have to ditch that cardboard Oh ran out of Floetrol had to get a
little more so you can see the mixing wasn’t really
difficult these are straight colors it’s not a custom color mix or anything like
that it’s just straight colors that it’s good to go yeah so it’s right here that
I go back and add a little more and that’s where I should have really mixed
it good because I didn’t take the time to do that and it could have really
messed some things up but I again I got lucky it seems to me like I get lucky
quite frequently mixing is so critical when you’re doing the mix you think oh
no I’ll just you know slap this together put it in a cup nope
I could have skipped this part too but I didn’t I wanted to show you how I try to
set it up on cups I got lazy on this one I didn’t flip the canvas over and screw
the cups to it like I did before and I really should have because it made it a
lot more difficult to work with you can see what looks like something on the
middle of the canvas this is actually a paint over I started to do another
painting I had a background on there and I didn’t like it and it was real thin it
wasn’t real chunky or anything like that it was just a nice brushed coat so I
thought oh I’ll just pour right over this no problem but I had to come back
and paint white on top of it and really right here I try and spread
some of the paint out and and that’s not really even necessary just pour it on
there you’re going to be tilting it really drastically anyways I’m basically
just wasting time and you notice I pour my dark colors
first because you want to pour those first to get your outline that contrasts
if you start pouring white on there first you’re not going to really see
where you’re at and I really like when I pour diagonally this one turned out
really great and it has more of a rounded but I do like to pour diagonally
too it makes a really interesting look on the wall so you can tell before I pour I’m trying
to think about how it’s going to look and where I want more color and then
again I’m spreading pain out you don’t really have to do that it’s just kind of
a waste but I like to waste so no just kidding so now I’m going to come off
with the white here and first when you pour try and be somewhat conservative
because you can always come back and fill in I knew in that middle part that
I wanted a lot so I finished that cup off then I’m like okay I know I want
some in between those two colors and a lot down there I just really wanted that separate color
for contrast and a lot of people will say man this is a huge waste of paint
and there is a lot of waste but you’re also doing a really expensive piece if
you you know if you want to sell your pieces or whatever then you know those
go for a lot more than a small piece obviously and again that goes back to
the whole Floetrol issue and selling your paints and all that paintings
selling your paintings if it has Floetrol in it how long will it last you feel
comfortable selling it yada-yada so I wanted to start tilting one
direction that was opposite of the direction that I poured see how I let it
go all the way off the edge there and I should have probably let it go a bit
farther but I didn’t I should have another camera set up on the other side
so you can see that but multiple cameras takes me forever to edit and I I really
do get wore out it’s already starting to look pretty cool there’s way too much
negative space on that one side see the chunks you can see the the little chunks
of paint they’re soft chunks and they dry down
just great but I was lucky so I was going to set it down I think I
didn’t know what I was doing I was like man I’ve got to get this negative space
down there but I didn’t want to start mixing the paint too much on a canvas but then at one point I had to just be
like go for it just do it just do it with these big ones you got to just make
a decision and just go for it don’t hold back that’s heavy and I’m trying to get that
cuffs straightened out I kind of like it right where it’s at –
but I have to Jack with it some more I know it’s hard to see what’s going on
right now but I’m sure you get the gist I’m like no I’ve got to tilt that up a
lot more MORE and like I said I try and get all my
paint to run off all the corners that way it looks really nice if and whoever
you sell the painting to or if you keep the painting yourself like I do most of
mine you can hang it on the wall like it is and it looks really cool because all
the sides have paint on them but if you didn’t cover the sides that would look
kind of weird this is where I really should have screwed the cups onto the
canvas frame I was getting frustrated you can do this I know you can if I can
do it you can do it trust me I know the paint and the pouring medium is
expensive I wait till the canvases are on sale at our local art store and Nick
he gives me a great deal and the canvas on sale was like $37 so with the pouring
medium and everything you know it roughly comes to about $100 but when
you’re you’re doing it don’t don’t think about how much money you have into it or
you get really nervous and you’re like oh no I don’t want to mess this up just
go for it I know you can do it and you’ll love it so much this will really
become an addiction working with these larger canvases right now I’m just going
along making sure I have all those sides covered and you really do have to be
careful not to put not to start pouring paint on top because it will look a lot
different because you if you have this big glob that you pour it on there it’s
going to look different than then the paint that was poured off to the sides and especially you don’t want to come
back and look at it later and you see like raised up sections because the
liquitex pouring medium will dry like that if you put it on at big chunks I know this part’s kind of long but I did
want to show you the detail that I had going into it alright so here is the
finished pour and I think it turned out really cool I hope it’s not too heavy
for this canvas there’s a lot of paint on there and you saw how I mixed it I
didn’t use any silicone or whatsoever just the pouring medium (& Floetrol) and the cells are really starting to
come out there in the middle and I like some of these fades to that get going on
like that so the other day I had a little issue
that I saw and you could probably see it there in the middle in the painting see
that wrinkle that goes across let me show you from over here see that where
it’s kind of like the canvas has buckled a little bit so I just got back from
color country art supply and Nick Froyd the owner said that was completely
normal to not worry about that canvases expand because of the moisture
to let it completely dry out before coating it because some other ones I
coated and it done it and I’m like oh no there’s also a spray that you can spray
on the back of the painting he said that’s a tightener and it will tighten
that out but first let it dry out before you coat it and then once you coat it
see what it looks like then so this other painting across the room had done
the same thing and I was worried about it especially because it’s a large
painting you can really see it but if you take a look here you could see that
that is gone the wrinkle in there so there’s no more wrinkles it worked
itself out so I’ve had this one on the wall for a couple of weeks now so it
totally worked itself out so that’s refreshing to know especially after you
spend all this money on the big ones big canvases excuse my crude way of pouring this
liquitex gloss varnish on but I like to use it just straight out of the bottle I
swirl it a little bit just to get it loosened up in there but don’t shake it
don’t shake it really hard or anything like that because you’ll cause a lot of
bubbles to occur and you don’t want that you don’t want a lot of bubbles on your
gloss varnish and when I was doing there at the start I was picking out the
little crustiness that gets on the top of the lid you know when you shut it
because you don’t want that to fall off in your gloss varnish either and I kind
of just put a glob on and and or globs and you have to work kind of fast with
this stuff and you don’t want to over brush it it’s okay to brush it out and
then come back and lay it out thin because you don’t want big globs you’ll
get what’s called sagging where one part will dry and then the other part won’t
dry so then it will start to kind of follow down and new and it will start to
Sag and then it dries like that with a line a sag line and nobody likes that so what I did there is um I got it on as
fast as I could and then I’m looking back to see do I have any globby points
do I have any points that I missed because now is the time to go back and
fix that and in my mind it seems like I’m going really super fast on this
video it does it but I’m going pretty fast I’m not I’m not wasting any time at
all I got a brush hair in there and later on I actually got one of my own
head hairs in there I really need to start wearing a hat when I do this so
you can see as I brush it out I get everything on there and I have a little
too much so I come back I’m laying out swipe lay it out
swipe lay it out swipe lay it out swipe I’m just just gently getting that
excess off of there you can see a big spot right there
oh just went over it got it lay it out swipe so it’s just ever so gently I’m
gonna look back over it I’m thinking no there’s a little spot right there on the
edge that just didn’t get enough and it’s okay what I do is I kind of come
back and glob a little on and then just lay it out just glob it and then lay it
back out so I go back and I do I make sure I get all the sides because again
if you’re gonna hang this on the wall and not put it on a frame you don’t want
big globs or drops of runny looking varnish hanging off the sides so I go
back and I do the sides really nice and I know I made that part look easy right
there the way I pour it in a line while I’m moving get out of the way I mean
this guy is like always in the way he’s so annoying if you only knew how
annoying he is he annoys the heck out of me I mean I should have finished that one
side right there first but my ADHD kicked in so there I pour just a little
and follow it along that edge and what I’m trying to do is do the edge not the
top I’m not getting any on the top because that’s already done I’m just
doing the sides it’s looking really cool that’s how I do my first coat so on
these big canvases I use about a half of that I know it seems like a lot but
that’s what I do because I like mine really thick and glossy
whatever you do while that’s drying don’t be leaning over it checking it out
because you’ll get your hair down in there dust
whatever don’t be touching it oh it looks nice oh you just touched it now
you got a big problem so let it dry for at least two hours and then you can
handle it before when I was beginning I was using like Mod Podge stuff like that
to seal it with and a lot of people told me that’s not the best thing to do so
there’s a lot of ideas out there I’m still learning if you want to research
coatings there’s plenty there’s gazillions of videos on how to coat the
right way and and do it properly so if you really want your painting to last a
long time I would recommend researching some of that this is the way I do it you
don’t have to do it this way that’s rad that’s the way he does it he oh yeah
okay so right now I am brushing off any elements that might be on their hairs
dust, lug nuts, spare tires… anything that might be on your painting that
don’t want to be there so again I’m just gonna brush it out the same exact way
that I did the previous coat you can see I put my signature on there too you
wanna you kind of want to put that on first before you seal because it’s a
part of the painting and I did actually get a hair of mine on there and so I
lightly lightly picked it out with a tiny razor knife and then I just coat
right over it and it should seal up pretty good
I hope so but anyhow just it’s the same process so I’m gonna go ahead and speed
this portion up just because you’ve pretty much seen it before it’s the same
thing the exact same process as before when
you walk into the room this is the final finished piece you will see on the wall it’s very big loving it
I love the contrast you could tell the contrast of it there on the wall it
makes a really great presentation we don’t have art lights up top but if
you do at your home then you can display stuff right (vrrrooom sounds)
that was our neighbor motorcycling but anyways you can tell how the colors
really pop I’m really loving it I hope you can do one like this these are these
are fun pours to do and these masterpiece canvases are just awesome
all right enjoy and thanks for watching these are some close-ups that I took and
I thought they turned out really cool they almost look like jellyfish there
and I thought you might like to see that it’s really hard to get the real
up-close detail you can see some of the sparkles in there the little bubbles and
cells that it created I’m just super happy with this piece I hope you can do
one just like it it’s fun it’s… fast and it’s furious and these big canvases when
you walk into the room make a really great statement


  • Kyle Knudsen says:

    Your channel is sick bro!

  • Bethany Lintner says:

    Ok so no paint in the white? Or did I miss it. Thank you so much for the whole process I really needed this do you find that the colors stay true when they dry?

  • Catherine Buyck says:

    I wuv my Floetrol… When I can afford it! Lol!

  • Cindy Smith says:

    All you have to do is spray the back of the canvas with plain water and let it stand upright to dry. It will tighten right up.

  • Kyle Knudsen says:

    27:25 😂😂

  • Mod-Planet says:

    Another massive success! You are getting so good at pouring on the large canvases! The blue/purple combo is my favorite so far. Thank you for sharing! So much fun to watch.

  • Crystal Phillips says:

    This is my favorite so far!!! I know I say that everytime but you are knocking them out the park!!! These colors are just stunning together!!! I have also had the problem with the Artist Loft paint. When I added more to my existing cup sometimes it would not mix well. Now I mix a little floetrol into the paint and get it creamy before adding to my cup. It works for me. Thanks for another great and funny video!!!

  • KerstenSafford Art says:

    I love all the paint drops all over it's so pretty. I enjoy the voice over. Beautiful♡

  • Indiana Carcamo says:

    Do you mix any water?

  • Indiana Carcamo says:

    In one of the comments someone said that she thins the liquitex varnish with 10% water and pours it like resin

  • Brigitte McGuire says:

    Another beautiful painting great colors . In this video i saw a painting in a reddish /orange color on your wall it looked very interesting did you paint this? If you did how did i miss that video

  • MariAnne Volbeda says:

    love it. it's really beatifull

  • Christine Rodgers says:


  • Wanda Martin says:

    For you and your viewers. You can buy the floetrol at Lowe’s for 13.99 a gallon! I am just learning and have only had 1 success… 🤑. FYI your floetrol can be shaken in a smaller container. I was getting lumps

  • Avid Abstractions says:

    Love it! Cheers!

  • Patricia M Colombo says:

    Another awesome job. I enjoy the play by play for learning purposes . Thank you

  • db0710 says:

    How long did you wait for the paint to dry before you applied the liquitex varnish?

  • Jenny Anderson says:

    I just love this one so much. It turned out Beautiful

  • Jenny Anderson says:

    Okay I have a question…I keep getting the Crackle effect what am I doing wrong?

  • Gina Provost says:

    Your voice is so relaxing, lol. Love your vids

  • Jenny Anderson says:

    Redid some..well I did 5 , And they turned out way better then the first one's. Turned off ceiling fan and what not's. Put on classical Music … And I just love the way they turned out.

  • J&D Craft says:

    hi i love your videos been watching them. i have a question can you use like glitter paint? to do pour with cells

  • NICOL NEWMAN says:

    I just found you today, ur crazy as hell > I love it. Now I have u on autoplay. Keep teaching and the length of ur videos are fine.

  • rocky graffix says:


  • Mithila Singh says:

    Hello carl.. I have recently taken up painting as a hobby and have been watching your videos .. I must say I really appreciate that you don't have the time lapse videos and that your videos have a great amount of detail and information .. it is helpful for beginners like me …. I am soon going to try out one of the fluid acrylic paintings and let you know how it turned out 😊

  • Regina Harari says:

    hi! nice video!! What are your ratios? paint, floetrol and Pouring medium


    FAVOLOSO !!!!!!!!!!

  • Carrie Ann Art says:

    Wow that's alot of pouring medium! I only use a teaspoon or so…?

  • Kelly Howard says:


  • Lisa Morris says:

    How long does it take a medium size canvas to dry completely?

  • Catherine Miles says:

    Hi 🤗
    I Really enjoyed your video 🤗
    The licquitex that you varnished it with at the end is it the same one that you mixed in the paint to pour with 🤔
    Thank you for sharing 🤗

  • Carl Mazur says:

    This painting is STILL one of my all time favorites!! See… You CAN use Floetrol & Pouring Medium at the same time to get nice effects. Who would've known hahaha

  • Carrie Ann Art says:

    Why so much pouring medium? I'm just wondering if it's just for this project ?? I use maybe a teaspoon to mine. I use it straight on canvas as well

  • Renae Parsons says:

    Hi! In your previous videos you used glue and Floetrol, which seems like it would be more affordable. Do you still use glue or is the Pouring Medium just more superior in flow and result? I’m not selling. Just personal hobby and using in my own home.

  • Sandi Abbott says:

    What is the purpose of the blow dryer?

  • bamabev79 says:

    Thank you for showing how to varnish your piece!! You are awesome! So fun to listen to your thought process & advice!

  • Ami McFetridge says:


  • Kat K says:

    I love acrylic pours so much! Just abstract in general. There are no rules, no right or wrong. Just let it flow!

    I have always loved painting, I actually thought I was bad at it all through high school. All we were taught was realism and I suck at it. It wasn't until I tried abstract that I realized I didn't suck, I just had to find my style!

  • Deborah Leasure says:

    Love it

  • Marie Gilbert says:

    Thank you, Carl…love your patient, calm manner & the detailed explanations of procedure….I'm new to this & am having a hard time getting good results–I think from incorrect mixing–You make it all look so easy!

  • Marie Gilbert says:

    I have a question–how do you "eyeball" the mixture procedure? many tutorials talk about using a scale, measuring spoons, etc. Ugh…I really don't want to have to deal w/such technicalities!

  • Lisa Zehr says:

    I don't know if you've figured this out yet, but before you paint on your canvas, spray the back with plain water then use a blow dryer and dry it completely. It will tighten the canvas. You can really tell the difference. I do it on all my canvases. In the winter, I just spray the back and set it near the heating vent.

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