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Acrylic Pouring Technique – 5 Examples of The Swipe

5 Awesome Examples of the Acrylic Pouring Technique known as the Swipe Technique or Swipe Method.
A few weeks ago, I briefly wrote about dirty pouring, a new acrylic pouring technique that I discovered.  Basically, acrylic paint pouring uses acrylic paint poured onto a canvas or another substrate.  This method of paint pouring is currently influencing and inspiring my new patterns and artwork, especially the acrylic swipe technique. A fun acrylic pouring technique to try is the swipe method. It creates a very different look from the dirty pour technique. I found 5 awesome examples of the Swipe Technique that I’m showcasing today to help inspire you to give the swipe method a try!

What is Paint Pouring?

Paint pouring is done by mixing acrylic paint with some kind of pouring medium. The pouring medium allows the acrylic paint to become more fluid, flow better, and increases the drying time.  First, the artist mixes the pouring medium and acrylic paint together.  Next, the artist pours this acrylic paint mixture onto a canvas.  It creates a look a bit like marbling.  There are a number of techniques that can be used for creating different looks with paint pouring. Some of these techniques are dirty pours, puddle pours, swiping, and dipping paper into the excess paint from the pour painting. A few weeks ago, I showcased some of the amazing artwork I have recently discovered using the dirty pour technique.  Today, I thought I would highlight 5 awesome acrylic pour paintings that use the acrylic swipe technique.

Inspiring Swipe Pour Paintings, Fluid Artworks, and Marbled Papers

I’ve been really inspired by the various techniques and looks of paint pouring lately.  In addition, I’ve compiled a short list of current favorites that have been influencing my new artwork and patterns.
You can check out my Pinterest board below:

How do you do the Acrylic Pouring Technique Swipe Method?

A fun acrylic pouring technique that I found very inspiring is called the acrylic swipe.  First, the acrylic paint mixture is poured onto the canvas. Usually, the paint mixture for the swipe technique has silicone in the paint to form cells in the acrylic pouring.  Then, a swipe color is added along the edge of the canvas.  Next, the artist will move the swipe color across other areas of the painting.  Usually, the artist will use a palette knife, scraper, or another tool to push the swipe color across the rest of the pour painting.  Finally, the silicone creates cells from the bottom colors as the silicone rises to the surface through the swipe color.  Popular swipe colors for this acrylic pouring technique are white and black.  Below, I’ve highlighted 5 videos on YouTube and blog articles that showcase this acrylic pouring technique.
5 Awesome Examples of the Acrylic Pouring Technique known as the Swipe Technique or Swipe Method.
5 Awesome Examples of the Acrylic Pouring Technique known as the Swipe Technique or Swipe Method.

5 Examples of the Swipe Method, an Acrylic Pouring Technique

        In this video, pours several loose arches of different colors to represent a rainbow onto a white tile. She has added silicone to her paint mixture so that cells can form.  Then, she swipes over this rainbow design with white paint that has been mixed with pouring medium.  She is using a paint scraper like those you can find in the hardware store with the latex paint when she does the acrylic pouring technique.  I really love how bright the colors are in this painting, as well as the fantastic cells she gets from using the acrylic swipe technique.

Caren Goodrich is really fantastic at the acrylic swipe technique.  She has numerous videos that deal with this technique and method of acrylic pouring on her YouTube channel.  In this video, she pours her paint mixture in white, black, pearlescent white, and payne’s grey onto the canvas prior to doing her swipe.  The swipe paint color in this pour painting is white.  She simply moves the white paint across the painting using an icing spreader.  The silicone in the paint mixture raises to the top to create the gorgeous cells.  This video is a really easy version of the acrylic swipe technique, which makes it a great video for beginners to acrylic pour painting.

In this video, Nicky creates two pour paintings using the acrylic swipe technique with primary colors and white.  In the first painting, she actually “stirs” the dirty pour mixture once it is in the pouring cup.  She makes a X design in the cup before she flips it onto the canvas.  Additionally, she swipes with white using a Popsicle stick to spread the paint across the canvas.


In the second painting, she pours her colors onto the canvas, and she adds white paint for her swipe color.  Finally, she swipes the white across the canvas with a paint spreader.  Once again, she gets fantastic cells from the silicone in both of these acrylic paintings using this acrylic pouring technique.  Additionally, I love how the use of primary colors in these paintings creates an interesting blend of colors in the final piece of artwork.

  1. Caren Goodrich – The Save Yourself Swipe

In this video, Caren Goodrich starts her painting process with a dirty pour.  She explains what she calls, “The Save Yourself” Swipe.  The acrylic swipe technique is a great way to rescue a pour painting that you are not happy with.  This can be useful for a variety of reasons, such as if the colors of the pour don’t come out quite the way you expected.  Caren uses an icing spread when she swipes the white paint mixture across her pour painting.  I really like how this painting reminds me of bubbles because of the acrylic swipe technique and the smaller cells that come through the white paint.

  1. Nicky James Burch – Swiping Acrylic Pour to get Big Cells

Nicky shows in this video that the acrylic swipe technique is not just for swiping with white or black.  In fact, she uses a royal blue for her swipe in this dirty cup pour painting.  She uses a paint spreader to move the blue paint across the sections of her dirty pour.  Additionally, Nicky achieves fantastic cells from the silicone in her paint mixture.  She also incorporates blowing into the paint with a straw to get some really neat, feathery effects.  This video shows the swipe color doesn’t need to be black or white.

Paint pouring is a really interesting art form that is very popular and trendy right now.  It’s really easy to attempt on your own.  And I find this acrylic pouring technique extremely inspiring as I create new patterns and surface designs for the shop.  Let me know what you think about this art form in the comments below.  I would love to hear from you!

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