Time Required :
About 30 minutes
Beginner
Beginner
You're new to the skills necessary to complete this project, or maybe you've tried them just once or twice before.

flower paint pouring art

Make a captivating piece of art without a single paintbrush! Believe it or not, this flowy, flowery canvas was made by pouring paint over a bit of plastic. (I know!!) The best thing about this project is that there aren’t any hard and fast rules. But, we do have a few guidelines to help you get started, so take a look below!
Step 1
Project Note: This project has the potential to get a little messy! We promise it’ll be fun, but you might want to use disposable gloves to protect your hands from the paint.
 
Cover a level working surface with a disposable tablecloth. Set your canvas in the center of the covered area. 
Step 2
Use scissors to cut off the entire bottom of your soda bottle and set it aside. Discard the top portion of the bottle (in a recycling bin, of course!).

TIP: You can choose the height, but it’s important to make sure the piece isn’t too lop-sided, so that the paint flows only down one side. That’s what will ensure that the paint spreads and covers the canvas evenly.
Step 3
Now it’s time to prepare your paint. Divide your bottle of pouring medium between individual cups. We think four colors is pretty much perfect, but you can add as many (or as few) as you like.

TIP: Don’t worry about measuring out the pouring medium. It doesn’t need to be evenly distributed between your cups. In fact, varying the quantities of each color will create some interesting effects. 
Step 4
Grab the cup with the most pouring medium. Squirt a dab of paint (about a teaspoon will do) onto the end of a craft stick. Stir the craft stick into the cup and mix well, until the medium and the paint are completely blended. 
Step 5
Repeat Step 4 to mix up the rest of your paint colors with the remaining cups of medium. Always use a new craft stick for each new color. Match the amount of paint you add to the amount of pouring medium in each cup; the amount should decrease as the amount of pouring medium lessens.
 
TIP: Half the fun of paint pouring is being able to improvise your quantities and colors! There’s no exact ratio when blending paint with pouring medium, so just aim for a mixture that’s runny and pours smoothly.
Step 6
Place the bottom piece of the bottle, with the flower-shaped “feet” of the bottle facing up, onto the center of the canvas. 
Step 7
Hold one cup of paint/medium mixture above the center of the bottle and begin pouring a little. Aim for the very center of the flower shape, so that the paint rolls evenly down the sides of the bottle onto the canvas. 
Step 8
Repeat Step 7 for each cup of color mixture, alternating cups, until all the paint has been poured out onto the canvas. You can pour in whatever order you like – there’s no specific pattern.
 
TIP: This is a great time to experiment! Try varying the force of your pour, or the amount you’re pouring. Allow a few minutes to pass between color pours and see how you like the results. There is really no wrong way to pour your paint. 
Step 9
Once you’ve poured out all the cups of color, remove the bottle by lifting it straight up from the canvas. The paint will slowly flow back towards the center gap and close it naturally. Let your canvas dry completely. Be patient; it may take 24 hours or more. 
Step 10
Once the canvas is completely dry, lift it up from the disposable tablecloth. You’ll see that there’s some excess paint around the sides. You can just use scissors to cut this away to complete your canvas! 
 
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  • Disposable Cups
  • Disposable Tablecloth
  • Recycled Soda Bottle
  • Level (Optional)
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