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.

liquitex® kitchen strainer paint pour

Create this colorful piece of art for your home without picking up a paintbrush. This paint pouring project is not only easy but fun, as you watch the swirls of color spread across your canvas. Pick your favorite colors, mix them with some Liquitex® Pouring Medium and get started creating your own piece of art!
Step 1

Cover your work surface with a disposable covering. Be sure your working surface is level.

Step 2

Set your canvas on the drop cloth and put on disposable gloves.

Step 3

Lay out six plastic cups. One cup should be larger than the other five. This one will be used for paint layering, so set it aside for now.

Step 4

Pour about 5 oz. of pouring medium into four of the cups; then, add a small amount of paint, about 1 oz, to each cup of the following colors: Cad Red Medium, Primary Yellow, Phthalo Blue and Light Blue Permanent. Now, add about 10 oz. of pouring medium to a fifth cup along with two times the amount of Titanium White into the fifth cup. Mix each color/pouring medium well with a craft stick.

TIP: The pouring medium to paint ration is a 5 to 1.

Step 5

Pour some Titanium White paint/pouring medium mix on the center of the canvas. Spread out the mixture with a wood craft stick.

TIP: This helps the flow of the paint/pouring medium mix to run to the edges of the canvas, while keeping the spiral effect.

Step 6

In the sixth cup (set aside in Step 3), pour the colored paint/pouring medium mixes in, separately, to create layers of color. Each color should be used multiple times. Be careful not to mix; simply allow the paint to layer naturally. The order of the colors will determine the outcome of the work. 

TIP: For the similar color pattern in the canvas shown, layer in the following order:
- Titanium White
- Primary Yellow
- Titanium White
- Cad Red Medium
- Titanium White
- Light Blue Permanent
- Titanium White
- Phthalo Blue
- Titanium White
- Primary Yellow
- Cad Red Medium
- Titanium White
- Light Blue Permanent
- Phthalo Blue
- Titanium White
- Cad Red Medium
- Phthalo Blue
- Titanium White

Step 7

Place the sink strainer on the center of the canvas.

Step 8

Begin to pour the cup filled with the layered paint/pouring medium mix into the strainer in a circular motion. Make sure to equally cover the inside of the strainer. The paint will start to move through the openings on the strainer and create the spiral pattern on the canvas.

Step 9

Allow paint to continue to flow through the strainer for 9 minutes. Then remove strainer from canvas surface and place away from work.

Step 10

Pick up the canvas and very slightly tilt it to work the color to each edge of the canvas, until completely covered and you are happy with your work. The white circle left by the strainer will begin to close.

Step 11
Lay the canvas back on the covered surface and let it dry completely for 24 hours.

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