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Create Abstract Works Of Wonder With High Flow Acrylic Painting

High flow acrylic painting is an incredibly fun and versatile style of painting that allows both beginners and professionals to create stunningly vivid abstract works on many different surfaces. Pick up a huge range of Holcroft high flow acrylics and art supplies at Riot Art & Craft, pop them in your shopping cart for checkout and start exploring this unique art form today!

High Flow Acrylic Painting

High flow acrylics have the same intensity and opacity of regular acrylics but are a much thinner consistency, like milk. Unlike adding water to acrylic paint and making them translucent, fluid acrylics retain their vivid colour and can be poured, dripped, swirled, sprayed and splashed onto surfaces such as paper and canvas to create striking abstract patterns.

To increase their flow, an acrylic medium or extender can also be poured onto a canvas with the paints layered on top and swirled with tools or tilted for a gorgeous, dramatic effect. They can also be used with many other mediums, such as acrylic paint, inks, gouache, oil paints and pastels for an interesting mixed media project.

Paints and Colours Available

You'll be spoiled for choice when it comes to our broad range of paints available in every colour and shade imaginable! From cooling blue shades and green shades to brilliant reds, soft pastels, classics and everything in between - we've got the colours every artist needs. Discover our single pigment high flow acrylics in:
1. Sap Green hue
2. Titanium White
3. Carbon Black
4. Cerulean Blue hue
5. Phthalo Blue
6. Ultramarine Blue
7. Phthalo green
8. Turquoise
9. Naphthol Red Light
10. Quinacridone Magenta

We've also got high flow acrylics available in neon hues, such as fluorescent pink, fluorescent orange, fluorescent green, fluorescent blue, fluorescent chartreuse and more. Or add a bit of shimmer to your artwork with our pearlescent range by Holcroft, including iridescent silver, iridescent gold and iridescent copper shades.

If you're looking to add another medium to your work, check out these essential colours available in our watercolours, oil paints, acrylic inks, matte acrylics, transparent paints and more:
1. Transparent Dioxazine Purple
2. Transparent Brown Iron Oxide
3. Transparent Shading Gray
4. Transparent Red Iron Oxide
5. Transparent Yellow Iron Oxide
6. Transparent Quinacridone Red
7. Hansa Yellow Medium
8. Alizarin Crimson hue
9. Raw Sienna
10. Burnt Sienna
11. Raw Umber
12. Teal
13. Sepia
14. Pyrrole Orange
15. Pyrrole Red
16. Permanent Green Light

Try mixing our incredible shades to create your own custom colours or to replicate other favourite hues, such as the popular nickel azo gold and nickel azo yellow in the Golden High Flow acrylics range!

Hi Flow Acrylic Sets

We've got a whole bunch of cost-efficient and convenient painting sets and kits to make your journey into high flow acrylic painting even easier. Shop our acrylic paintbrush sets by Eraldo Di Paolo and palette knife sets by Art Culture, stock up on applicator bottles by Art Studio, gloss varnish duo kits by Holcroft and black canvas panels by Art Studio for the perfect background for showcasing brightly coloured fluid acrylics.

Techniques To Use When High Flow Acrylic Painting

When using fluid acrylics, there's a number of tried and tested techniques that will give you a great starting point for experimenting and creating your own unique look. High flow acrylics are fantastically unpredictable which makes them great for abstract patterns and designs. Try these popular methods to get started:
1. Dirty Pour - This is the most popular technique in fluid painting. Combine two or more colours in a cup and pour onto a surface for a marbling effect.
2. Flip Cup - Layer different colours of paint into a cup, then flip the cup onto a surface and leave sitting for 30 seconds. Lift off and tilt the surface to make the colours run and swirl.
3. Ribbon - Use the leftover paint from a flip cup to pour onto a canvas in ribbons, then tip canvas slightly in different directions for a striking galaxy look.
4. Bloom Effect - Paint a base layer. Hold a colander or strainer over the canvas and pour paint into it, layering as many colours as you want. Rotate it 180 degrees and tilt the canvas to create flower-like blooms.
5. Swipe - Choose a few colours and pour down in clean lines. Choose a thicker swipe colour, usually black or white, and layer on top. Use a palette knife or Art Studio contouring tool to swipe across surface.
6. Combining Techniques - Try experimenting by combining two or more of these techniques for a truly unusual result!

Accessories To Consider With Hi Flow Acrylic Sets

When starting out with high flow acrylic painting, you'll want to stock up on essential tools and supplies to make the most out of a painting session. Start with our Art Studio spray bottles, squeeze bottles and paint cups for mixing unique shades, pouring and spraying paint using an airbrush technique.

Our palette knives and paint brush sets are great for applying and spreading Holcroft pouring medium and making dots, lines and movement to create fun patterns. Shop our range of gallery wrapped canvases and panels for a good surface to start on or use our Holcroft gesso to prime your own canvas.

Once you've got the basics covered, expand your collection and experiment with our other products to take your work to another level! Mix our high flow acrylics with Paper Mill pearlescent pigment powders for a unique, shimmery effect or apply it on after the painting has dried for added interest and texture.

Use a varnish for sealing and protecting your finished work and display it proudly on one of our sturdy, high-quality easels!

Ink-Like Consistency

High flow acrylic paints have a thin, runny consistency that's similar to acrylic inks, such as our Liquitex acrylic ink range. As a result, they can be applied to surfaces using many different applicators to create different techniques.

They can be loaded onto a wide paintbrush and used for washes and broad strokes. You can also make fine lines by dipping a liner brush into the paint and using it for intricate details. Fluid acrylics are also good with air brushes for spraying, filling empty markers and using with dip pens for calligraphy.

Durability Of Dry Paint

Unlike watercolour paint, high flow acrylics are waterproof. This means once they're dry, you won't be able to rework them with water as you can with traditional watercolours. While you can achieve a thin, washed effect that mimics a watercolour painting, these paints set quickly, are permanent and will be much brighter and more opaque.

Brands To Rely On

Holcroft are leaders in high flow acrylic paint and Riot Art & Craft stock a stunning selection of brilliant shades to start your next project, from bold and classic to pastel, fluorescent and metallic. We've also got all of the mediums, tools and painting accessories you'll ever need by the best brands at the best prices, including:
1. The Paper Mill
2. Art Studio
3. Art Culture
4. Eraldo Di Paolo
5. Art Star
6. Artists First Choice

Frequently Asked Questions About High Flow Acrylic Painting

Do You Make High Flow Acrylic Paint?

You can make your own high flow acrylic paint by adding water, extender or an acrylic medium, to regular acrylic paint. This will break down the binder and thin the paints, making it easier for them to pour and flow over a surface. If you want to skip right to painting, we sell a fantastic range of Holcroft fluid acrylics, along with paintbrushes, canvases and accessories to get you started!

What Do You Add To Acrylic Paint To Make It Flow?

High flow acrylic paints come ready to use right out of the tube so there's no need to add anything else to them if you don't want to. The runny consistency of the paint makes it perfect for dripping, pouring and blending over canvas, wood and other surfaces. However, you can also add an acrylic medium to thin the paints further.

How Do You Use High Flow Acrylics?

High flow acrylics are fun and extremely versatile. They can be used direct or combined with other mediums, such as acrylic paint, acrylic inks, pens, markers, oils and more, for a striking mixed media project. Consider these applications:
1. Hand pour paint directly onto a surface. Blend, tilt and rotate to get patterns.
2. Load them into dip pens and markers for fine lines
3. Use them in an air brush for spraying
4. Add to other paints, mediums and gels for a coloured tint and marbling effect

What Are High Flow Acrylic Paints Used For?

You can use high flow acrylics to create an unlimited amount of creative, fluid art masterpieces on a range of different surfaces, including canvas, wood, art boards, thick paper and more. Try using fluid acrylics with these techniques:
1. Dripping
2. Dirty pouring
3. Using a strainer for a bloom effect
4. Ribbon pouring
5. Flip cup method
6. Marbling
7. Spraying
8. Dry brushing
9. Thinning paint further for a wash similar to watercolours