Ever since I started publishing videos on my Youtube channel I got quite a few questions about the acrylic pouring drip container that I'm using. And I realized that I have covered all the necessary materials and supplies in my Acrylic Pouring Supplies - Essential and Fancy Add-ons post, but what the workspace?
When I began to pour I was making sooo much mess! No matter how much plastic I was putting on the desk and on the floor to prevent it, the paint always seemed to find it's way out 😀 Back then I was just putting the canvas on the upside-down sitting cups, and it definitely wasn't the most stable and reliable support.
So I decided that I need something more durable and effective that would help me to prevent all the mess and will be convenient and easy to use. And this is when my husband (as he was a part of after-pouring-cleaning squad few times) came up with the brilliant idea of how to make this awesome drip container.
And today I want to share the step-by-step instruction on how to do this little project!
Pros of this Acrylic Pouring Drip Container:
- It's super convenient and effective - no more spillage, waste, and disappointment.
- No more wasting time on setting up for pouring, covering the table before and cleaning after.
- It's lightweight and easy to carry around or hide under the table: done pouring and need your table? Simply put it away!
- All the acrylic paint drips from your pouring and tilting (and from scraping off the unsuccessful pour) are collected at the bottom of your container and are easy to peel off once dry, which makes it super easy to make acrylic skins.
- Can be used not only for pouring but also for drying.
- Last but not least - it's environmentally friendly. You don't need to use plastic cups, or foil oven tray or whatever else that goes to the garbage after a few pours. You make it once - you use it infinitely.
- You need to buy a few things, so it requires a small investment.
- Size of the container is limited which limits the size of the canvas. But If you are not working on huge pieces very often it shouldn't be a problem.
Materials and supplies needed:
1. Container. So the container you need is just a regular storage container, that is normally used for storing clothes or miscellaneous items under the bed (you don't want it to be too deep). I personally found mine at a thrift store, and it was super cheap, but normally they are sold in hardware stores, Walmart, Ikea, etc. The size (length and width) of the container should be 3-5 inches bigger than the size of the biggest canvas you are planning to work with.
2. Two steel rods. The length of each rod should be a couple inches longer than the length of the container. Steel rods are sold in hardware stores.
3. Level. We all know how important it is to pour over the leveled surface.
4. Drill. You would need a drill to make holes for rods in the container (optional). If you don't have a drill, you would need some sort of adhesive - hot glue etc.
5. Tape measure and marker. You'll need them to make sure that you are making holes in the right spots.
6. Husband. Husband is needed to do all the work for you (optional).
Making Acrylic Pouring Drip Container Step by Step
1. Measure out the total length of the side where you are going to make holes for rods (for example 21"). Divide it by 3 - this is going to be your rods spacing (ex 7"). Measure this distance from each side. Mark it with a marker.
2. Once you have 2 first marks, measure 1-2 inches down from each mark (top of the container), and mark again (you want the future surface of the canvas to match the top of the container or be lower).
3. Now you have two spots where you are going to make holes for rods. Do the same thing on the other side.
Finishing the project
4. Drill 4 holes where your made marks. Take your time and try to be precise. Now, if you don't have a drill, there is another option - you can glue rods over the container. I think this is a little less convenient but will work just fine. I would recommend using hot glue.
5. Insert rods in the holes. If they are moving freely in the holes, you can secure them by putting hair elastics around each side of the rod right by the drilled holes.
6. Place the canvas on the rods, and then put a level on the canvas and make sure the surface is leveled (for accuracy, place the level in 2 different directions).
Your container is ready!
Now, when your container is ready you can pour right over it, or you can place the baking paper on the bottom (acrylic skins peel off easily of baking paper). To see it at work, you can check my videos.
What if you do several pours at the time?
I personally can't stop on just one pour, and most of the time I do at least 3 at once. Because it's exciting and addicting, right? So the way I do it is I have a "drying area" where I move all the finished pours and use the drip container over and over again. Right now my drying area is not very effective, and I'm working on setting up a shelving unit for that. I'll share it with you as soon as it finished.
I hope this article helps, and now the process of pouring would be even more enjoyable for you! 🙂 Let me know if you give this container a try, I would love to hear from you! Also, I highly recommend you to check out this post - Acrylic Pour Painting Tips and Tricks.