SUPER FUN!!! Swipe & Spin Acrylic Paint Pouring Technique

Hi everyone! I am participating in a Facebook Challenge group and my challenge was to create a SWIPE acrylic paint pouring piece. 6 members’ names were randomly chosen from a box and paired to a technique in a second box. The members participating in this COLLABORATION have 1 week to complete the painting and provide it on this post! You must state the colors used. Any colors and canvas. I took a photo after I completed my Swipe piece but then I decided to SPIN it, lol!

WATCH my SPIN & SWIPE Acrylic Paint Pouring Technique Video

Here is my video recording of me completing my challenge plus the extra SPIN after the SWIPE!


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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

Mixing pigment powders is a little different than mixing acrylic paint. I put the powder in my cup and then added enough pouring medium to cover the cup’s bottom. Mix until the powder until is dissolved, and then add the remaining amount of pouring medium to the cup.

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Once I mixed my paints, I then added 3 drops of Treadmill Silicone oil to each color and mixed gently. It has been my experience to mix gently and slowly and not over-mix the silicone oil. Every time I over-mix the oil, the cells end up very small and will not grow. The idea is to mix the silicone oil through the paint while still maintaining its integrity (and without making the oil angry, lol!).

For the first Swipe (00:04:00 in the video), I added the colors to the canvas in a spiral design. I then added white paint to the sides, edges, and corners of the canvas to ensure that those areas got covered.

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I then added white paint to the right sides of the canvas to use as my Swipe color. To give you an idea of how much swipe color to use, the paint line I put across the canvas is about 1″x10″, and it is thick enough to cover the area.

I used a dry paper towel as my SWIPE tool. You can use any tool you readily have available. I decided to use a dry paper towel to absorb some of the excess paint I have on the canvas.

This is the SUPER FUN PART!!! Place the towel gently over the top of the SWIPE paint color without pressing down. Once it has absorbed some paint, slowly pull the towel down the canvas and watch the CELLS form and grow!

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Now, I will let the cells grow and add heat as needed. Once I saw that the cells have stopped growing then I decided to SPIN the canvas.

TIP: If you have a hard time with your canvas staying secure on your spinner, try adding some paint, water, or pouring medium to the spinner surface before placing your canvas. The moisture will help secure the canvas to the spinner, so it does not fly off when you spin.

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I had a SUPER FUN time working on these art pieces. I think this would be a great way to create some unique galaxy or space art pieces.

In another project, I created some pieces using the SPIN & SWIPE technique. It is amazing how different the results can be by using the same materials but reversing the technique. Go take a look and let me know what you think!

Swipe and Spin Desert Hippie Arts
Swipe and Spin Desert Hippie Arts


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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