Acrylic Pour Through Colander

There has been a new trend I have noticed coming up in the painting world, and I wanted to give it a shot myself. Colander paintings! Or as I called it, acrylic pours through colanders! You know those pasta strainers we all have in our kitchen, or for some us we have multiple. Go grab one, because this is a fun one! As is most acrylic pours in my opinion, but this added a new twist to it, so lets’ get started!

What You Need!

  • A colander (obviously)
  • canvas
  • paints
  • cups
  • water
  • floetrol
  • something to mix with (I used the back end of old paint brushes)
  • gloves (if you don’t want to get messy)

Of-course make sure you are in an area that can get messy, or have some kind of protective sheet down for the floor. Personally, I did mine outside. It was a lovely day out, and I just couldn’t pass up the opportunity.

First Night

I will point out I was a bit under prepared for my first attempt. I was so excited to do it, that I didn’t think ahead. I used a 20×16 canvas. I had painted something on it a couple years back and have meant to cover it up. I also used some small paint dishes from a previous pour on smaller canvas. To top it off, I used a rather large colander. Which would’ve worked better if I had bigger cups to pour out of.

Now there are many ways of doing the pours on YouTube, but one thing I saw in just about all the paintings was the mixtures. Some floetrol, water and acrylic paint. As far as the mixture portions, I was guessing here. It is more just finding the right consistency with it all. Also, with the small dishes it was not over flowing them while trying to get it right. I would use more water if it was too thick and more floetrol if it was too thin. Of-course, with at least a tablespoon of paint. That’s just a guess, it was a good size blob though.

I placed my colander around the center of the canvas, since it was the first attempt I wasn’t sure how it was going to go. I poured just a little black at first, then white, then blue, then gold, then purple. I was trying to get a layered look, so I rotated pouring the colors a little at a time, in the same order. Now this is where I was it would’ve worked, if I had the bigger cups, but as I said it didn’t go as planned. I ran out of paint way before running out of canvas. Instead of mixing more paint, I just tilted the canvas around til it was covered completely. Giving it more of a marbled look than as if it was poured in layers through a colander. I am still happy with the result though.



Second Day

The next time I tried this, I was ready to do a few more than just one pour. I did continue covering up old paintings though. To be honest I have a lot of paintings I did, when I first started paintings in 2013, that I did just for fun and out of boredom. Trust me when I say it is alright to cover them up. They were never going to be hung in my house I recently moved too, and I wasn’t going to sell them, so if you wanted to know, that is my reasoning for the cover-ups. I will show the before and after though.

Anyways, I set up for three paintings this day. I ran out and got my red solo cups for this attempt, and I even found a small can sized colander in Walmart to use. That way I had two different ways to try this. The canvas size I used was two 20×16’s and one 10×8. Now it being October, I did want to try to do some Halloween colors. To me that was some reds, oranges, black, gray, but I also used gold purple and blues. Not all on one canvas though. If you haven’t noticed yet, my favorite colors are blue and purples. I use them in a lot of my paintings.

First pour of day 2

Back to what you want to know though. The first one I did on this day, I started with one of the 20×16, using the big colander from before. I prepped all my colors at the same time. Having bigger cups to do this way made it so much easier! I first put some white on half the canvas and black on the other half. Just poured it right on the canvas. Not all of it, just enough to get most of the canvas covered. I used three different color blues on this one. I poured all the blues through the colander. It started to work better. The only thing is, this is how I found out just how much of an incline my yard was it, because it all started going in one way. I had to tilt the canvas, to get it to go the other way and to get all of it covered. Once again I didn’t get the effect I wanted. It still turned out great though.

Second pour of day 2

This time I used the smaller colander, on the 10×8 canvas using my reds and oranges and gray, with the black and white. For some reason pouring through the smaller colander didn’t work as well either. After doing a couple layers with it, it started to get clogged with the pain. I just held the colander over the canvas, and poured through it. I moved the colander all over the canvas, dripping color all over it. Since my foundation is still at an incline here, the paint also would start running to one side. I did my best, but eventually I was just splattering paint on it. The colander became kind of pointless after a bit, and that’s all I could do.



Third pour of day 2

Last one, I got a bit tired of the colander at this point. I was using the small one still on this one. I had wiped it down and tried cleaning it out as much as possible. It wasn’t the cleanest though, and some color from the last pour was still on it. I poured the rest of my black and white on to the canvas first. Then started to pour my purple through the colander, some orange and gold came off first though. Some red also came off on to it, turning my white into a very light pink. You almost can’t tell in the photos, but looking at it dried in the house, you can tell it is there. It was getting dark at this point, and the mosquitoes were out, so I won’t lie, I rushed to finish this one. Splattering paint all over it. I was just shaking the colander over it, trying to get the paint out, and tilting it slightly to get the whole canvas covered.




Since I tried this, and didn’t really get the results I was looking for, I feel I better know what not to do! Which could help you to try this.

  1. Have an even surface to pour over
  2. Have big cups to hold your paint mixtures
  3. Place your colander on the canvas
  4. Don’t move it around! (till you know what you are doing)
  5. Have fun! No matter the outcome, I am positive you will like the end result!


I just wanted to give you a better look at them. I ended up taking less and less photos as I worked, frankly because my hands were covered in paint, and it was dark. If you have any questions feel free to ask!


As you can see, all my tries still turned out amazing! I am so happy with them, that I am putting a finishing varnish over them. Giving them a good clean finish. Meaning I will never again use these canvass as a cover up project. They have reached their finale form. Some were done in 2013, some in 2016, and in between. What I am trying to say with this is, no matter what you do, it may never be done, and sometimes how you started it, won’t be how it is finished. Never stop doing what you love, because what you do out of boredom one day, could be used later for something greater. Even if it doesn’t come out the way you wanted, it is still worth it.


4 thoughts on “Acrylic Pour Through Colander”

  1. I love this!! 

    I think this is great for someone to show off their artistic side who are not talented enough to paint or draw. Art is not just about those aspects and I think this is a brilliant thing to do with the kids as well. 

    what would have been great and would make this article even better would have been a video showing how to apply and carry out the paint arrangments on the canvas perhaps?

    in any event, its brilliant and I have bookmarked your page to give it a go with the kids!

    1. Thank you so much! I am so glad you enjoyed it, and I totally agree it would be a great project to do with the kids! 

      I am hoping to add videos in the future, right now I don’t have to set up for it, but I am working on it, and will hopefully be adding videos by this summer. 🙂 

      Thank you sob much for the read, and Happy Painting! 

  2. This is just innovative. You tried so much. Can someone do it for a living?? If yes, how do you package it for commercial purposes In the process of production, is  there possible challenges that can bring a total frustration not achieving this?

    And finally I just want to commend you again coz its not easy. I will need to get this thoroughly

    1. Hi Kenechi, I do believe someone could do this for a living, and I think there are a few artist out there that do market them selves out there for this type of work. Sadly I am not sure on how to package it commercially. The artist I have seen doing it, I am sure, have their own packaging styles unique to their business. With the pours though, they always come out different, so no two will ever be the same. This biggest frustration with this project would probably be getting the mixtures right. After some practice doing it, it becomes much easier though. 

      Thank you so much for checking it out! 

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