Flip cup paintings are one of the most popular acrylic pouring techniques and with good reason! Check out day 13 of my acrylic pouring color theory series! It is a flip cup painting made up of a serene split complementary palette of pastels and full of beautiful cells, lacing, and ribbons of color.
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Color of the Day (Day 13 – Flip Cup Painting):
- Split Complementary – Yellow, Red-violet, Blue-violet
- Light Blue-violet
- Light Red-violet
- Light Yellow
- Flip-cup pour
All of the colors I used were mixed from the paint colors below. (Violet (magenta and blue) and blue for blue-violet, red and violet for red-violet, yellow and white for light yellow, white and red-violet for light red-violet, white and blue-violet for light blue-violet)
I used magenta for my violet hues because I think it makes a less muddy color because there isn’t a yellow undertone to it as there is with red. So if you ever want to make a very vivid violet color, go with magenta. I have found that I actually prefer the Liquitex Basics Quinacridone Magenta to the Artist’s Loft Brilliant Magenta.
- Artist’s Loft Brilliant Blue
- Artist’s Loft Brilliant Yellow
- Artist’s Loft Deep Red
- Liquitex Basics Titanium White
- Artist’s Loft Brilliant Magenta
- Master’s Touch Permanent Black
- Rustoleum American Accents Gloss Clear (1 thin coat)
Flip Cup Painting Step by Step
- Lay down a base coat of your background color. For this flip cup painting, I covered half the canvas in black and half in white.
- Layer your paint into your flip cup. The order I layered my paint was: white, light yellow, light blue-violet, light red-violet, yellow, red-violet, blue-violet, white.
- Fip the canvas upside down and set it on top of your cup. Hold the canvas onto the cup and flip them as one unit.
- Allow your paint to settle to the canvas and then pull the cup off.
- Use a torch on your paint puddle if you’d like.
- Tilt the canvas and stretch the paint until you’re happy with the composition and the way your painting looks.
Go Forth and Pour!
And that’s it! Flip cup paintings are sooo much fun because they’re different every time and you never really know what you’re going to get! So go have some fun and play and experiment with paint!
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