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3 Colors Go In and the Rainbow Comes Out

What happens when primary colors mix and mingle while making a flip pour?  Rainbow happiness! Just the 3 primary colors were added to the cup, along with white, and a whole lot more color appeared. Along with a whole bunch of cells.

Watch Rainbow Flip Pour from just the Primary Colors on YouTube.

To help you get started with paint pouring, I’ve created the free Paint Pouring Blueprint- get it here. Everything from set up to mixing to pouring is covered.

Just the 3 primary colors and white made this pour. A yellow, a magenta for the red, and shades of blue, plus good old stand by white paint were all the colors used. This isn’t just paint in here, it’s also Floetrol. If you’d like to see how to mix the paint and Floetrol together, check out this video.

To help make the cells extra wonderful, a drop or two or three was added to each jar of dimethicone.  It’s used in cosmetics but makes wonderful cells. You can also use silicone oil, like used for treadmills, to do the same thing.

Once you have all the paint you wanted in the cup, put your canvas or wood panel on top and flip it over.  The suction will hold the cup in place so none of the paint will escape.

Lift up the cup and watch the rainbow appear but be sure to say Abracadabra before you lift the cup, after all, it’s color magic about to happen there!

Here’s what it looked like soon after the cup was lifted.  Way more color variation than what was added to the cup. But it wont’ stay exactly like this. Gravity will pull on it and stretch parts out.

Here it is all dry, with all those glorious cells swimming about.  It’s like there is a rainbow ocean flowing through it!

Want to see more paint pouring tutorials?  Click here for more rainbow fun!

Here are the supplies used. Some of these links are affiliate links which means I get a small percentage. It doesn’t cost you anything extra and it helps keep the free tutorials coming!

I used Dimethicone, but you can also use silicone so I put that on the list below for you too.  The Floetrol, by Flood, comes in several sizes, so you have options for that in the list too. 

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  • Kathy Gledsdale July 13, 2018, 4:30 pm

    Really gorgeous!

    • Bunny July 23, 2018, 12:30 pm

      I have been so beeirdelwd in the past but now it all makes sense!

  • Nancy Sapp July 13, 2018, 5:40 pm

    Carolyn – I LOVE, LOVE how your Poured Paint Canvas turned out!! I think you should frame it & display that canvas in a prominent place in your Art Room or in your Living ROOM!!

  • Barbara Hauenstein July 15, 2018, 2:34 pm

    This is the first pour I like! Your video inspires me to try it – wow! I love using a book page so much Carolyn!Thank you!

  • Denise August 23, 2018, 11:10 am

    Love how this turned out and your primaries. Just bought florol and some silicone to try this. So humid here I may have to wait – even with AC. Love your art and thank you for sharing.

  • Artrell November 13, 2018, 6:23 pm

    That’s a smart way of thniinkg about it.

  • margaret mckay February 18, 2019, 11:39 pm

    love the way you present video, I am very new to this way of painting so can.t get enough of your work, thank you so much

  • Mary Teran July 3, 2019, 5:35 pm

    I have been doing pours for about a month now and all I get is muddy hardly any cells I have watched tens of tutorials and they all give contradictory messages can you recomend one good one I’m getting very discouraged getting a lot of muddy paintings thanks. Mary Teran

    • Carolyn Dube July 5, 2019, 3:29 pm

      There’s more than one way to do paint pouring – each artist has their own way. To help people out getting started, I created the Paint Pouring Blueprint and in there I break down the different pouring mediums and which one I recommend to get started with- you can get it at https://go.bucketpages.com/sf/8e0d63b9

  • Candy Barney August 29, 2019, 11:48 am


  • GmaJo July 26, 2022, 4:30 pm

    Just tried this – boy, mine looks nothing like yours. Way too much white for me but the cells were great!