The Ultimate Fluid Pouring & Painting Project Book: Inspiration and Techniques for using Alcohol Inks, Acrylics, Resin, and more; Create colorful paintings, resin coasters, agate slices, vases, vessels & more

The Ultimate Fluid Pouring & Painting Project Book: Inspiration and Techniques for using Alcohol Inks, Acrylics, Resin, and more; Create colorful paintings, resin coasters, agate slices, vases, vessels & more

by Jane Monteith


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Discover and master the fun, creative, and colorful methods of fluid pouring and painting with 10 projects, customizable to your personal vision and open to endless variation.

Fluid pouring and painting can result in beautiful, organic, and abstract designs that can be captured on special papers, canvas and board substrates, used to make gorgeous lampshades, poured into molds or dishes to create coasters, geodes, and agate slices, and can even be formed into vases, vessels, and bowls. Join mixed-media artist and international instructor Jane Monteith, a master of the fluid artforms and creator of the stunningly beautiful and popular paintings called MOD Minis, in this wildly popular new art form.

For both novice and experienced artists, this expressive book shares detailed, comprehensive techniques for working with high flow inks and acrylic paints. The Ultimate Fluid Pouring & Painting Project Book guides you through a variety of different fluid projects, from fluid-painted collage to resin-poured paints on different substrates. You will:

  • Learn to use various tools and solutions to create beautiful colors and textures on paper.
  • Learn how to work with resin and avoid common mistakes to produce a flawless finish.
  • Gain an understanding of basic color theory and which color combinations go hand in hand to create elegant designs.
  • Become knowledgeable on what types of products to use to create various effects.
  • Understand how to seal and protect your work for years to come.

With these creative projects, you'll be making your own beautiful fluid artwork in no time!

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781631597633
Publisher: Quarry Books
Publication date: 11/12/2019
Pages: 144
Sales rank: 132,974
Product dimensions: 8.50(w) x 10.90(h) x 0.50(d)

About the Author

Jane Monteith is a self-taught international-selling mixed media artist and an online educator and influencer. While Jane was trained in advertising and marketing, she worked for over a decade across Ontario as an independent artist designing and hand painting illustrations on vinyl substrates with highly pigmented screening inks. With her love of design and vibrant color combinations, she transitioned into working and creating her own art several years ago. Her work features colorful contemporary fluid patterns on birch wood panel, glazed with epoxy to result in a brilliant finish. Sharing her love of color, texture, and fluid art forms has gained Jane a large fan following on many social media platforms, including Instagram, Pinterest, and YouTube. Jane's popular MOD Minis (a term she coined when she started creating fluid ink collage paintings on 4" wood panels) have been sold worldwide and sell out monthly on her website. Jane's much larger original works are sold through KOYMAN Galleries, located in Ottawa, Ontario, Canada. She immigrated from England to Canada in 1981 and now lives just north of Toronto. For more on Jane:

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In this project, you will use different techniques to create several basic styles of abstract paintings on Yupo paper. You'll be surprised at what you can create with alcohol inks in mere minutes. While they can be tamed to paint detailed and realistic paintings, the fun is in the flow. The key with this project is to just have fun and experiment with the ways you can manipulate the inks. By dropping inks onto the paper, adding solutions, or moving them around by picking up the paper or using fun tools, you will change the outcome of the painting each time.


alcohol inks

Yupo paper

isopropyl alcohol
(71% or higher)

blending solution

*Jacquard Clean Up Solution (optional)

Optional: paint-manipulating tools such as old paintbrushes, small round-tip brush, dropper tool, Fantastix, Doodle Stix, plastic scraper, plastic ruler, plastic coffee cup lid, compressed air can, straw, hair dryer


• Always work in a well-ventilated area.

• Use a mask that is certified against organic vapor.

• Wear powder-free nitrile gloves.

• Do not spray alcohol inks.

• Alcohol inks are flammable, so keep them away from excess heat and open flames.


• Use plastic tools so you can easily clean them with isopropyl alcohol and reuse them.

• Isopropyl alcohol of less than 71 percent concentration will create a grainy effect due to its water content.

• If you are sensitive to strong odors, replace isopropyl alcohol with *Jacquard Clean Up Solution.

• Cleanup for hands: mix baking soda with a few drops of dish soap to create a paste when hands are rubbed together.

• Cleanup for brushes: isopropyl alcohol, Clean Up Solution

• When using brushes with alcohol inks, don't use the same brush in different colors, even after cleaning.


• Glossy photo paper, reverse side

• Vellum

• Clear Dura-Lar film

• Modeling film


• Various alcohol ink brands: Jacquard Piñata, Tim Holtz Ranger, Brea Reese, Copic Various Ink Refill, Spectrum Noir

• Blending Solution: Jacquard Claro Extender or Tim Holtz Blending Solution


In this first painting you will use only a plastic coffee cup lid as a tool. Pick two or three alcohol ink colors of your choice (colors used in example: Señorita Magenta, Sunbright Yellow, and Rich Gold by Jacquard) and use either blending solution or isopropyl alcohol for flow. Remember to wear gloves!

1. Begin with a few drops or light squeeze of ink on to your Yupo paper. Less is more, and you will find a little goes a long way. It's easy to get carried away with alcohol inks and add too much.

2. Add blending solution to help the ink flow across the page. Repeat the process with a second color.

3. Drag and move the inks and solution around with a plastic coffee cup lid.

4. Allow the layer to dry for a few minutes before adding more solution and inks. Create texture with each layer by adding a new color or the same color to deepen the shade. Adding a new color on top of partially dried color will change the color. (Example: Adding yellow onto pink will make orange.)

5. Use the nib of the bottle as a tool to move or draw inks onto the Yupo. Shake drops or use a dropper tool to add another element to your painting. When using metallic inks, shake the bottles well before dropping them onto your art.

6. Continue until the paper is covered and you're happy with the look.

Once your painting has dried (alcohol inks dry very quickly), you can frame your art, cut it up to make smaller art, such as cards, or even mount your painting to a wood panel.


In this style, you will create a more subdued, mottled look using blending solution and three alcohol ink colors.

1. Start by taping your paper to something sturdy, such as a piece of cardboard or hard plastic. This will keep the paper flat and make it easy to move the page around when moving the inks across the surface.

3. Swirl the cup around until the ink is incorporated into the solution. Use a dropper to draw up some ink and drop it onto the paper.

4. Pick up the board and tilt the paper around to move the ink with the solution. You may wish to add a second color to blend with the first. You can also use a hair dryer on the lowest setting to manipulate the inks (if the dryer setting is too high, you will have less control) or to speed the drying process. A heat gun is NOT recommended because the paper may warp or catch fire. (Alcohol inks are flammable.)

5. Add a few more drops of mixed ink solution to the paper. Then use a paper towel to lightly blot over the area to give it a textured look.

6. Darken the color by adding more drops of color to the ink solution mixture. Using a round brush for this step gives you more control. With the brush, lightly touch the ink and dab the ink on to the paper to transfer it. Continue applying the ink across the paper to create a second layer of texture.

7. For the third layer, add a fully saturated ink color directly onto the paper, with a dropper, brush, or straight from the bottle. Continue adding drops and some rich gold metallic while the ink is still wet. The metallic will expand in the wet ink areas.

8. Continue with the process across the paper until you are happy with the result. Try to leave some negative space (white areas) in your painting. Turn your paper around as well to get a different perspective.


In this final alcohol ink painting, you will have fun with moving the inks around on your paper with either a straw or a can of compressed air to create an abstract floral look. The color combinations are endless, so choose a few favorites or start with one of the two versions shown here.

Floral 1: Lime Green, Sunbright Yellow, Baja Blue, Señorita Magenta by Jacquard

Floral 2: Sunbright Yellow, Señorita Magenta, Passion Purple by Jacquard


Once your paintings have fully dried, you may wish to frame them. Before doing so, you should consider sealing your art to protect it from fading so that it will last for years to come. Seal first with a spray product such as Krylon Kamar. This protects the inks and prevents them from bleeding. Then apply a UV protective coating such as Krylon UV Archival or Golden UV Varnish. Allow coats to dry between layers.


Continue to experiment with alcohol inks and you'll find there are many other ways to manipulate them. Here are just a few ideas. Have fun and experiment!

Results from lifting paper and allowing multiple colored inks and blending solution to run in one direction up/down the page

Circle results from sponge-brushed color and drops of alcohol or cleanup solution on paper

Results from multiple techniques of dropping ink, swiping, brushstrokes, and embellishing with metallic gold

Results from using a plastic ruler to swipe color in a circular motion across the paper

Results from swiping two pieces of Yupo paper together



Resin petri molds exploded on the scene a few years ago and have since become a phenomenon. How they started is anyone's guess, but there are lots of artists and hobbyists making these eye-catching pieces of fluid art. They are so much fun to create and the outcome is different every time, which makes them appealing and addictive. The main component in these designs is resin. If you haven't used resin in your art projects, you're missing out. Resin is like liquid glass and easy to use. Resin adds depth and can be colored several different ways, but the main colorant used in this project is alcohol ink. You can turn petri molds into coasters and refrigerator magnets, frame them in a shadow box, or put them on a stand. No matter what, you'll want to make lots of them!


black garbage bag or plastic tablecloth to protect surface area

protective gloves

safety mask

clear plastic

measuring cup

large craft sticks for stirring

resin kit*

round silicone mold

mini butane torch

alcohol inks, including white

dropper tool


silicone and/or isopropyl alcohol

container to cover mold

* Note: Different brands of resin have various working times (i.e., the time before it starts curing). Choose one such as Art Resin, which has a working time of about 45 minutes.


• Make sure you use a glossy bottom mold or your petri resins will not be shiny when you remove them from the mold.

• Use a brand of resin that contains zero VOCs (meaning they are nearly odorless), is made for art, and is safe for indoor use.

• Use a butane torch to eliminate bubbles.


• Work area covered with plastic sheeting

• Work in a well-ventilated area with a mask if necessary.

• Wear gloves to protect your hands — resin is VERY messy and sticky.

• Cover your work area with plastic tablecloths, parchment paper, or black garbage bags to prevent any dripped resin from permanently curing to your tabletops or work spaces.

• Warning: Do NOT torch heavily over alcohol inks, as they are flammable.

1. Cover your work are with a large plastic bag. Wearing safety gloves and a face mask, use a clear plastic measuring cup and craft stick to mix the resin. Most resin kits are a two-part epoxy system in which you mix equal parts of both the resin and the hardener.


Using a large craft stick, mix the resin slowly for 3 minutes (or whatever your resin brand requires) to avoid excess bubbles. Work in a room temperature of at least 72°F (22°C). You can also place your mixed resin container in warm water to help speed the release of bubbles. (Don't get any water in your resin, as it will turn cloudy.) Mix thoroughly and scrape the bottom and sides of the container.

2. Once the resin has been mixed thoroughly, slowly begin pouring equal amounts of resin into each mold cavity. Don't fill your molds to the top; if there is too much resin in the mold it may not cure properly. Limit each resin layer pour to 1/8" (3 mm) thickness.

3. Move the torch lightly over the resin in quick circular motions. Allow the flame to just barely kiss the surface and do not hesitate too long over one area. Stop when your resin becomes clear on the surface.

4. Select several alcohol ink colors, including white. The white color is pigment-based and will help push the other inks down into the resin. Begin adding individual drops into the resin. Use a dropper tool if you don't want to squeeze straight from the bottle.

5. Continue with one drop of ink followed by one drop of white around the mold. Do this three or four times. The inks will start to react and change before your eyes.

6. You may also want to try adding just a few drops of color in one area while leaving negative space in another part of the mold. Use a toothpick to lightly swirl the inks to get a different effect. You can also add a drop of silicone or isopropyl alcohol to achieve various results. Silicone and resin do not mix, so your inks will push away when the silicone is dropped into the mold. If using silicone, only use a drop or two because it may affect the resin and not cure properly.

7. Once you feel your design is complete, cover the entire silicone tray with a container to avoid dust from settling into your resin while it cures. Leave your petri molds for at least 10 hours before removal. Resin is hard and fully cured after 24 hours.

8. Slowly peel back and pop out the almost fully cured resin from your molds.

Admire the colors and results! Place them on a small stand, mount them in a frame, or just place them where they will make you smile.


If you experience issues with your resin, check out Resin FAQ/Trouble-shooting on page 136 of this book for answers to commonly asked questions.


Remove petri resins from your molds between 10 and 15 hours after pouring, when they are still slightly soft. This prevents resin from sticking to the silicone mold, which can cause your mold to tear.



"MOD Mini" is a name I created after brainstorming ideas for my miniature alcohol ink collage art, displayed on wood panels and finished with resin. MOD is short for "modern" and mini is its size, all small 4-inch (10 cm) squares. These mini artworks look like colorful jewels. They make for a wonderful wall collection or look great just sitting on your shelf or mantle. They became an instant hit when I began posting them online and I have since created an online course to teach people how to make their own. Now, you can create these fun little pieces of art made from Yupo scraps, some adhesive, wood blocks, and resin. In the first stage of the project, you'll adhere your artwork to the block and seal it. In the second stage, you'll apply the resin.



Yupo painting remnants or scraps

a small-sized artist wood panel

wood sealer

old paintbrush

medium body matte or glossy gel, spray adhesive,
or YES Paste

X-Acto knife

embellishing metallic pens/markers

glue sticks, thin-tip glue pens,
or broad glue markers

painter's tape

safety mask

cardboard box

Krylon sealant

Krylon UV protectant spray


Find the online step-by-step course at www.janes

1. Begin by sorting through and selecting some colorful alcohol ink pieces of Yupo that you created from the first project in the book. You may have thought some of your experiments didn't amount to much or you maybe didn't like how a few of them turned out. But never throw anything away! You can always repurpose these works and use them to create some very pretty color combinations, textures, and layers for your MOD Minis. Sometimes the piece you were going to leave behind ends up being the perfect piece for your collage.

2. Select your base layer pieces for however many minis you'd like to create and set aside.


When using spray adhesive, work in a well-ventilated area with a mask. Both surfaces (Yupo and panel) must be sprayed to ensure a good bond.

3. First, seal your wood panel. An artist sealer such as Golden GAC 100 works well. Squeeze some onto the panel and brush it across the surface until covered. Once the sealer is dry to the touch, you can move on to the next step.

4. For your base layer adhesive, use a medium body matte or gloss gel, spray adhesive, or YES Paste.

5. Firmly press your piece of Yupo paper onto each wood panel. Rub over the surface with some pressure in a circular motion to ensure good adhesion and to remove any air bubbles.

6. Turn the panel over, hold down in place with one hand to steady it, and trim the excess paper with an X-Acto knife.

7. With your base layer down, you can begin deciding on which colors and shapes you would like to see on your next layer. (You can leave a panel with just a single layer if you don't want to create a collage.)

8. Start cutting and arranging some shapes on your panels to get a visual of how they will look. Coordinate colors for an attractive look. Use a color wheel if you're not sure which colors work well together. You may want to add some extra embellishing with gold metallic markers or metallic alcohol ink to give them some extra shine, texture, and appeal.

9. Once you've determined your layout, you can begin adhering the shapes onto the base layer. Different adhesives and applicators may be easier to work with depending on the size of the shape you are adhering. You can use glue sticks, thin-tip glue pens, broad glue markers, and more. Experiment with different types to find what works best for you, but be sure to choose a glue that dries clear.


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Table of Contents

An Invitation to Create, 6,
About Color, 12,
About Alcohol Inks, 14,
PROJECT 1 Alcohol Ink Abstract Paintings in Three Styles, 16,
PROJECT 2 Alcohol Ink and Resin Petri Molds, 34,
PROJECT 3 MOD Mini Alcohol Ink and Resin Collage, 42,
PROJECT 4 Alcohol Ink Double-Sided Lampshade, 56,
PROJECT 5 Geode/Agate Slice Coasters, 64,
PROJECT 6 Alcohol Ink Ceramic Coasters with Two Techniques, 76,
PROJECT 7 Fluid Ceramic Vessel and Mug with Two Techniques, 82,
PROJECT 8 Resin Pour Cheeseboards in Two Styles, 89,
PROJECT 9 Resin Vase, 102,
PROJECT 10 Acrylic Pours in Three Styles, 108,
PROJECT 11 Geode Resin Painting, 124,
PROJECT 12 Paper Marbling with Alcohol Ink, 132,
Resin FAQ/Troubleshooting, 136,
Resource Guide, 139,
Closing Remarks, 141,
About the Author, 141,
Acknowledgments, 142,
Index, 143,

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