Beach Scene using Acrylic Paint Pouring Techniques | SUPER FUN! Acrylic Pour Water Effect

Beach Scene Paint Pouring Desert Hippie Arts

Hi everyone! I am super excited to make a Beach Scene with Acrylic Paint Pouring techniques! It is starting to get HOT here in Arizona, and I am ready to welcome everything to help cool things off. I will be using an 18″ x 24″ canvas, and I will use a couple of different techniques to complete this beach scene.

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Paint Recipe: 2-parts Pouring Medium to 1-part Paint (add more paint or more pouring medium as needed.)

Pouring Medium Recipe: 3-parts Floetrol, 2-parts Elmer’s Glue-All and 1-part Water

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First, I start by covering my edges and corners with paint. I am using blue and white in the appropriate areas. I do this to ensure that I don’t forget about these areas in the end and so that I will not have to sacrifice the integrity of my design to work on these areas.

With the paints that I have pre-mixed (see my recipes above), I add the silicone and gently fold in. My rule of thumb when using silicone oil is one drop for every one ounce of paint.

Now for the fun! I start layering the sand colors (in random order) in two 3 ounces Dixie cups. I pour the paint down the side of the cup, so the paints sit on top of each other and mix as little as possible. I set those cups aside and do the same for the ocean colors.

With the ocean colors, I use the Ribbon Pour technique and pour the paint all over the top area of the canvas where I want the water to go. To fill in the gaps, I continue to fill the area with the remaining solid color blues until the water area of the canvas is filled.

Next, I add the white color on my canvas just below the water for the Swipe Pour Technique. I cut down to 3″ wide; I gently place the paper towel on top of the white paint (without pushing down) and pull the white color over the blue water paint colors. Taking my time, I will repeat this until I have gone across the canvas.

Now that my water is completed, I will pour the sand color paints across the lower section of my canvas using the Ribbon Pour technique. I enjoy taking my time with this part. It is very relaxing to watch the different sand colors start to blend.

Once the colors have had a chance to rest on the canvas, I will use a flexible straw to help move the white paint into the sand colors. I will also work on the edges of the white and blue water colors to help blend those areas. Doing this helps create a more realistic look that mimics the motion of the water.

Comment below and say Hi! Let me know what you think of this project. Also, let me see your art! Here is our group on Facebook that you can post and share your creations: Desert Hippie Arts Community GroupLet’s have some fun! ❤️🌵✌️



Knowing how much paint to use can be a frustration to some artists. While it is best to mix more paint than needed for your project, mixing too much paint can be very time-consuming and sometimes wasteful. When I first started learning about paint mixing, I watched so many videos that said “use about this much” or “just eyeball it.” These learning techniques may work for some, but I had a hard time feeling confident to start learning until I watched more to learn what “just eyeball it” really meant.

It’s time to take the guess work out of the mix!

I have created two calculators for you to use to help determine how much paint is needed for your project. These calculators are a FREE resource to assist you with your project. And, they are simple to use! You will enter the height and width of your square or rectangle surface (or diameter if using a circle surface) and the depth of the side of your surface. The calculators will give you the approximate ounces of paint you will need to complete your project!

CLICK HERE to read more about how to use these calculators including a Quick Guide for common surfaces!

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