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What to do with all those Paint Pourings

Ever want a big  statement piece of your art on your wall but a voice in your head says it’s too expensive or the pressure to decide what to make is overwhelming?  That’s how I was feeling when I looked at the open space above my sofa until I found an easy answer.

A single canvas 80 inches by 40 inches was anywhere from $200 to $500. Not only is that expensive to me, it was a huge amount of pressure to not mess it up.  But if I used a bunch of 8 x 10 sized canvases, I could cover that space for a fraction of the cost of one big canvas.

Using the smaller canvases also solved 2 other problems. First, what to do with all those poured canvases that were a blast to make. I used 40 of them to make this big statement piece of wall art.

How do you make poured paintings to hang on your wall?  I’ve broken down the entire process step-by-step in Paint Pouring FUNdamentals so that you fully  understand what’s really important to know to get the looks you want.

Several of the canvases were flip pours, and guess what, the order that you add the paint to the cup isn’t the most important thing. There are 2 other factors that are more important. You bet that’s all in Paint Pouring FUNdamentals for you.

The next problem it solved is the pressure. Using smaller canvases that were already poured meant I just had to arrange them around.  That’s a lot less pressure than trying to decide what to make on a big one.

Once I knew what order they would go in, then it was time to attach the Command Adhesive picture hanging strips. Using these means no holes in the wall.

Since these are like using velcro, I can change my mind at any time and simply switch out a canvas or trade places.  No commitment means no pressure!

Can you use fewer canvases? Absolutely! You can use as many or as few of them as you want.  That’s part of what makes this so customizable!  I am already thinking about adding another row on each end!

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  • Mary Beth October 24, 2018, 9:56 am

    Absolute genius!! Not to mention gorgeous.

  • Margherita Allan October 24, 2018, 7:20 pm

    wow more great ideas and comfort in releasing creativity. Thank you for your journey and taking the time to share it with us

  • lenna October 27, 2018, 6:53 pm

    Such a great idea, thanks carolyn!

  • Carol Baxter October 31, 2018, 3:13 pm

    You rock!

  • pat willis November 18, 2018, 4:27 pm

    Absolutely beautiful. I love the wall.

  • Sylvia Mc Nulty November 20, 2018, 12:24 pm

    I love the way you think. It’s a great way to use your canvases.

  • Lori eads November 23, 2018, 3:38 pm

    Love this, thank you to a condo artist, my next project to work on for my empty walls

  • June November 26, 2018, 10:42 pm

    You’re really thinking out-of-the-box.

  • Cynthia November 29, 2018, 11:44 am

    Looks beautiful but i dont the same colors like you do. I will have to shift my creativity to only use certain colors but how do you make them all so different?

    • Carolyn Dube November 29, 2018, 6:20 pm

      You can totally customize with any colors you love Cynthia! Paint pouring has so many different looks. I break a bunch of techniques down the step by step lessons in Paint Pouring FUNdamentals workshop and by the end, you’ll know to make every one of the canvases on the wall- actually more! http://bit.ly/2wVwTEJ

  • Carole Mayne December 2, 2018, 9:15 pm

    Great idea… Thanks! Too bad mine are waaaay to random to put together.. Yours are so harmonious! (-:

  • Celeste van der Straaten December 5, 2018, 12:21 pm

    Thank you for sharing…lovely idea…?

  • chris December 6, 2018, 10:20 am

    people that love to share their experiences deserve the great things the universe throws at them. thank you for sharing

  • Peggy Flint December 8, 2018, 8:42 pm

    Thanks for sharing.

  • Evelyn December 18, 2018, 1:35 pm

    I will try this in my kitchen!

  • Beverly December 19, 2018, 9:22 pm

    My den has only two walls in which will allow artwork. And really only want artwork on one wall. In my white space that wall need a commanding piece. Now I know exactly what my plan is. Thank you, gracias, und danke.

  • nicola December 29, 2018, 9:26 am

    What a fabulous idea! you are a genius i cant wait to try this and i know i wont stop looking at them once they are up. Many thanks for sharing.

  • Ann Scott December 31, 2018, 4:01 pm

    These would be great for headboards for a child’s room or darker rich,colors for the master bedroom.

  • Mary Labelle January 1, 2019, 4:05 pm

    I have many of these in different sizes and now I know what to do with them.Absolute genius…thank you.

  • Mimi January 3, 2019, 9:09 am

    This is a great idea.

  • Carol Grolemund January 4, 2019, 10:11 am

    Liced your idea!

  • Monica Johansson January 9, 2019, 11:25 am

    Lovely work!

  • sherrie connor January 11, 2019, 3:27 am

    What a wonderful idea. You soved a major problem I had. Thank You

  • Elizabeth January 22, 2019, 8:50 am

    At a low point in my creative journey. Thank you —I loved your idea —gives me an idea of what to do with my students in our art room.

  • Dori January 27, 2019, 10:13 am

    Absolutely an Awesome Idea!

  • Terri January 27, 2019, 3:11 pm

    Been pouring about six months and would love to learn more about it.

  • Carmen Gagnon March 10, 2019, 12:52 pm

    I love doing paint pours, but I said you can only have so many, I was wrong. Great recycle project that’s truly one of a kind.

  • Elsie houston March 13, 2019, 11:00 pm

    This is every different. I want to try

  • Merle Lynch March 15, 2019, 6:59 am

    Lovely idea. Thanks

  • Pamela March 20, 2019, 12:51 am

    What a great idea

  • Maurine March 23, 2019, 5:18 am

    Would love to see an example of mass acrylic pours together. Someone upload to this please.

  • Adele Davis March 29, 2019, 4:43 am

    What a fabulous idea. I’ve been stressing about the exact same thing. A huge blank space above my couch. Not anymore. Thankyou

  • Lisa Steele April 6, 2019, 9:17 am

    I love this! Very creative!!

  • Deborah Lafontaine April 10, 2019, 12:13 pm

    ThNks loved you idea for the wall

  • Tina April 22, 2019, 4:04 am

    What a brilliant idea! I’m thinking you could use a few different size canvases and arrange them in a design. Then you could have your designs…designed! Thank you so much for sharing, I’m on the job to do it myself now!

  • Georgia May 19, 2019, 8:00 pm

    Absolutely brilliant! I have the same concern and now problem solved. Thank you.!

  • Jenny May 27, 2019, 8:43 am

    That was fun to watch Carolyn thanks so much for sharing and I love what you created. Keep up the good work…putting smiles on peoples faces…have a great day……

  • Liz May 27, 2019, 7:44 pm

    I just love this new hobbie. I do a lot of crafts. But this painting is awesome. I’m just getting started. But it is so much fun! Thank You

  • Jane July 6, 2019, 2:57 pm

    And maybe change the wall colour from yellow.

  • Britt August 3, 2019, 3:01 pm

    Nice! I get so many then I have friends and family want this one or another so I give them as gifts so now my efforts will go into accumulating a few for this project!

  • Virginia Whiteside August 15, 2019, 4:28 pm

    Love it

  • Michelle Baldwin August 18, 2019, 12:00 pm

    I would like to be notified of new videos.
    thank you.

  • Patricia Johnson August 24, 2019, 3:03 am

    Loved the pouring paint pictures. I am going to give it a try here in UK and see how it goes. Thanks for all the info, I have already learnt a lot.

  • Angela McGee August 31, 2019, 8:17 am

    Great idea.

  • Melissa Wicklund August 31, 2019, 11:20 am

    So Cool!!! Love all your small paint pouring pics placed together on wall.Great Job!!!❤️?

  • Penney Edwards September 3, 2019, 9:20 am

    This is brilliant. Really love this idea. Just brilliant.

  • Carrie Easley October 17, 2019, 12:56 pm

    That is a beautiful idea!

  • Linda December 2, 2019, 9:12 am

    I loved your idea. Finally tried it. I have different size (and color) canvases, but I’m doing it anyway. Was frustrated that all my pours just sat around and now they are up on the wall. THANKS!!

  • AMY PYATT January 6, 2020, 8:07 pm

    I did this with some my painting I loved the most, every one who see my wall love the arregment. thanks for the ideas.

  • Sheryl April 1, 2020, 9:29 pm

    Loved your wall of 8×10 paint pourings!
    What a Great Wall of Art and a great inspiration!
    Thanks for sharing.

  • Becky May 17, 2020, 12:33 am

    Great idea!

  • Rebecca McPherson May 27, 2020, 12:36 pm

    Love this I have been trying to figure out what to do with all my paintings him going to do this!!! # wonderful

  • Lauren August 2, 2020, 7:13 am

    GREAT idea – looks great.

  • Annikirschner August 17, 2020, 9:22 pm

    Liked your large combinatio

  • Katie August 19, 2020, 11:46 pm

    Fabulous, awesome, intelligent and can work for any of us! I am new and still floating in my mind but this way, any piece can work with another!!! Thanks for the idea!!!!!

  • Yong vaughan September 7, 2020, 5:11 pm

    I love love love. However, I love to learn how to make it. Can you teach me how to and the materials I need.

    Thank you!

  • Ellie September 18, 2020, 5:20 pm

    I LOVE the idea !!! Thank you for sharing and you have such aigret way about how you talk to your audience – a pleasure to listen to you.

  • Beth Yule November 12, 2020, 2:19 pm

    I’ve been learning to pour on cases of tiles that were free, all various sizes and weight. What advice might you offer on hanging them? I can incorporate the sizes into the scheme but the weight of the tiles combined might bring down the wall….Maybe a floor trim? I started with tile so I could simply wash and reuse what I didn’t like. I’m confident now in using canvas and have only three so far.

  • Michelle Dobbin December 6, 2020, 9:05 am

    What a great idea! So creative. I love this. Thank you for sharing.

  • Linda Dunnihoo December 27, 2020, 1:39 pm

    genius!! Could also do this with multiple collage pieces on canvas, or even a mixture that blended well. My living room big wall unfortunately has a television mounted on it, but I am thinking about maybe above the bed… nothing on that wall!! And twenty years ago I painted a mural on my bathroom wall. Maybe I’m tired of it LOL and with the command strips you can change it out fast. Great idea. Thanks for sharing it!!

  • Joy December 28, 2020, 1:54 pm

    Love the wall hanging idea.
    Wish your offer was a few days longer.
    Best stuff always happens to come up between paydays.
    Only 1 payday per month means missing out often

  • Revann Bod March 1, 2021, 1:56 am

    Brilliant idea thank you

  • Davon B. March 22, 2021, 4:52 pm

    Hi Carolyn- Your idea should be patented. Just brilliant. I am thinking of giving pour- painting a try, but was wondering what to do with the misfits. Your artwork looks beautiful behind the sofa. Thanks for sharing.

  • Margareth Demery April 30, 2021, 12:38 pm

    Absolutely Fantabulous! Thanks so much for your time and input to the process 👏💕

  • Tina May 10, 2021, 11:50 am

    WOW!!! What a terrific idea, I have only recently started pour painting but wonder what to do with all of my ‘experiments’ that I like, but perhaps no one else would. I am definitely going to give this a try!!! Thank you Carolyn:)

  • DOTTY-KAY June 7, 2021, 12:39 pm

    What a great idea! Thanks.

  • Michalynn Jones June 15, 2021, 4:36 pm

    Great idea wondering what I was going to do with them.

  • Jane Keyes June 25, 2021, 7:06 pm

    I covered a wall in my dinning room. Used an old glass window. Did all the little glass squares. Worked all my canvases around it.

  • Peggy July 11, 2021, 9:43 am

    I’m a paint pour newbie at stage-1! Thanks for the motivation!!!!

  • Laima January 23, 2022, 11:07 pm

    Carolyn it’s a great idea to put up the canvasses on your wall, but does the adhesive on the velcro peel the paint off your wall if you don’t want them there any more. My husband would have a fit if I did this on a painted wall.

    • Carolyn Dube January 24, 2022, 10:13 pm

      I have not had a problem with it pulling paint off the wall, I use command adhesives all the time. But be sure to read the directions for how to remove them without damaging your wall.

  • Liz January 25, 2022, 4:50 am

    This looks like a country quilt

  • Janice Bro April 2, 2022, 5:11 pm

    going to give this a try with my 8×10

  • Elena Ausrele Ramanauskas September 2, 2022, 12:43 pm

    What a great idea. Your paintings individually are amazing. Together, a masterpiece, like a lovely quilt. The colors flow through each in some form, making your large piece work just right. Love the bright yellow pop of color. Thanks for sharing.

  • John Rothi Monyatsi November 4, 2022, 8:19 pm

    Interested in art.More details.

  • Hazel March 8, 2023, 9:59 pm

    When I celebrated my 90th birthday, I gave each guest a painting and still had enough to hold an art sale in the local senior’s hall.

  • À Smith April 27, 2023, 4:24 pm

    What a good idea!

  • Sara neville May 31, 2023, 10:26 am

    I stretch my own canvasses.. buy pine wood strips at lumber yard and metal brackets for larger pieces. Only other items needed is drill/screw driver. And a large enough area on floor to lay canvas and strips . Approximately. $20 for supplies plus gallon of gesso to prime. And sandpaper. For when it dries. A gallon of gesso about $20 with 20% off coupon. will last a long time. A regular screw driver and a nail to start screw holes works. But I use electric cordless. Easier than manual screw driver ..About $30 for one. Good to buy if you are planning more large pieces . Much cheaper than paying for already assembled probably made in China canvases

  • Elizabeth Fischer October 12, 2023, 7:55 pm

    You inspire me! I live in a 5th wheel and I am going to do 4″x4″Or 6″‘s dependong on space! Thanks for the idea.
    Elizabeth Fischer

  • Linda Brown January 21, 2024, 1:50 am

    So how do I get Paint Pouring FUNdamentals? Is it still offered? What is the cost? I really think that I could benefit from your lessons.
    Thank You,
    Lin Brown