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Wonderful Chaos Acrylic Paint Pouring on Canvas

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The Floating Open Cup Acrylic Paint Pouring Technique

I am so glad I recorded this process. I am having so much fun watching the video, and I hope you will enjoy it too!

Wonderful Chaos is an acrylic paint pouring project on an 11″x14″ canvas using 6 colors and a toilet paper roll. That’s right, a toilet paper roll cut in half

As I pour the paint colors into the toilet paper roll, watch how they flow out from under the roll and create wonderful chaos of color and fun! 

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Process Summary

  • Mix all of your colors with the pouring medium to get them to a fluid consistency.
  • Add a puddle of paint and place the toilet paper roll in the center.
  • Start adding your colors and watch them flow from under the toilet paper roll.
  • Remove the toilet paper roll when ready and tilt the canvas slowly. 
  • Have fun!
Wonder Chaos Acrylic Paint Pouring by Erika Tenney


Knowing how much paint to use can be a frustration to some artists. While it is best to mix more paint than needed for your project, mixing too much paint can be very time-consuming and sometimes wasteful. When I first started learning about paint mixing, I watched so many videos that said “use about this much” or “just eyeball it.” These learning techniques may work for some, but I had a hard time feeling confident to start learning until I watched more to learn what “just eyeball it” really meant.

It’s time to take the guess work out of the mix!

I have created two calculators for you to use to help determine how much paint is needed for your project. These calculators are a FREE resource to assist you with your project. And, they are simple to use! You will enter the height and width of your square or rectangle surface (or diameter if using a circle surface) and the depth of the side of your surface. The calculators will give you the approximate ounces of paint you will need to complete your project!

CLICK HERE to read more about how to use these calculators including a Quick Guide for common surfaces!

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