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Dutch Pour WITHOUT a Blow Dryer

One of the most interesting acrylic pouring techniques is hands down Rinske Douna's Dutch Pour. Known for its flowing floral and natural shapes, and the use of a blow-dryer to move paint around.

The problem for a lot of people is that blow-dryers have different power outputs and nozzles, and they're not necessarily a purchase you want to make to try a technique. In addition, the use of a blow-dryer, which usually has a wide pattern, creates a minimum size of canvas that you can use and therefore a minimum amount of paint. Long story short, this can be a costly learning endeavor.

So what if, instead, you could work on smaller canvases using less paint? And instead of a blow-dryer, we just use a straw?



The materials you need are simple:

Acrylic paint - I'm using this Liquitex Basics set 

Floetrol - but another pouring medium could work.

A stick and a straw!

The Recipe:

Three parts of US Floetrol to One part of paint. If you use a pouring medium that's thicker than Floetrol, add a little bit of water.

The Method:

  • You first apply your background color.

  • Make sure to completely cover the canvas.

  • Then you apply your colors on top of each other in a line.

  • Make sure to leave enough space to actually blow out the colors.

  • Surround the colors with more of the background color.

  • Blow the background color over the colors from both sides.

  • Begin blowing out your petals.

  • As you blow out a petal, notice how right next to it, a pool of excess paint is created.

  • Aim for the pool on your next blowout.

  • Repeat until satisfied.

  • Use a stick to create arcs from the background into the petals. Always start outside and go inwards.


More examples:


If you enjoyed this article, you will LOVE the Acrylic Pouring for Beginners online course!

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