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DIY tile coasters made with Dutch pour painting technique

These Dutch pour painting coasters are SO PRETTY! Learn this simple fluid acrylic painting technique to create a beautiful, marbled DIY coaster.

This easy art project is fun for both kids and adults, with no painting or pour painting experience necessary! These colourful coasters will add style to your space as they protect your tables. And they also make an awesome homemade gift!

DIY tile coasters made with Dutch pour painting technique

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How to Make Dutch Pour Painting Coasters

Follow our simple step by step tutorial to make these beautiful coasters. You only need a few simple supplies to make these DIY Dutch pour painting coasters.

Author: Debbie Chapman

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Step 1: Find what you need

Step 2: Prepare your workspace and add a base colour

  • Balance your coaster on an upside-down cup or two, raising it above a baking sheet or other protected surface.This will allow the paint to flow off the sides cleanly instead of pooling around the edge of the coaster.
  • Create a base layer on your coaster with white pour paint. You can also use black or another colour if it matches your colour scheme better.Use a popsicle stick to spread the paint across the whole surface of the coaster. This allows the other colours of paint to flow more easily, resulting in more even colour distribution.

Step 3: Add dots of pour paint

  • Drip your first colour of pour paint (link above) straight from the bottle onto the coaster.Add small dots of paint across the coaster, leaving white areas in-between.
  • Add more colours of pour paint to the coaster. You can make random dots, or strategically place the colours to make patterns.Don’t be afraid to overlap or layer some of the colours as you go.

Step 4: Spread the paint around

Step 5: Add a top coat sealer

Step 6: Add a backing to the coaster

Helpful Tips:

  1. Choose complementary colours or different shades of one colour to decorate your coasters.
  2. If you’re looking for a different shape of coaster you can also buy round coaster blanks or hexagon tile coasters.

Fluid art coasters made with acrylic pour paintFluid art coasters made with acrylic pour paint

What is Dutch pour painting?

Dutch pour painting is a fluid art technique where pouring paint is moved around the canvas (or coaster!) with air. You can use a hair dryer, compressed air, an air brush, a dust blower, or simply a straw and air from your lungs!

Pour a base layer of paint and then add different colours, either in lines, circles, or a layered puddle. Finally, use your air source to move the paint around until you’re happy with the outcome.

Where can I get a coaster base to make these Dutch pour painting coasters?

You can buy white ceramic coaster blanks at craft stores or online. Or you can even purchase white ceramic tiles from the hardware store, like we did for our Sharpie dyed coasters.

Marbled blue DIY coasters decorated with a fluid art techniqueMarbled blue DIY coasters decorated with a fluid art technique

What type of paint is used to decorate these DIY tile coasters?

We used acrylic pouring paint, which is already thinned out and ready to be spread across the coasters easily.

You can also use acrylic paint and mix it with a special pouring medium. This allows you to use any colour of paint you already have. Follow the instructions on the bottle of pouring medium and combine with each colour separately before adding them to the coaster.

Some people do Dutch pour painting using only paint and water. Simply add small amounts of water to your acrylic paint until it reaches a fluid pouring consistency.

What backing is best for fluid art coasters?

We cut a piece of adhesive felt to fit the back of our coasters. You can also use felt furniture pads on the corners of the coaster.

Sticky cork backing is another great option for coasters, since it protects the table and makes the coaster non-skid.

Dutch paint pouring technique used on coastersDutch paint pouring technique used on coasters

Do I need to seal my paint pouring coasters?

Yes, it’s recommended that you seal your paint poured coasters. This will protect the paint from chipping, creating a durable finish. It also gives the coasters a glossy look, enhancing the vibrancy of the paint colours.

Sealing your coaster will make the coaster waterproof, or at least water resistant, and will make the coaster last for years to come.

What sealer is best for pour painting coasters?

We used a polyurethane top coat on our coasters, but you can also use polycrylic. These are water resistant sealers that come in matte, semi-gloss, or glossy finishes.

You can also use an acrylic or enamel spray varnish, epoxy resin, or even Mod Podge. Keep in mind that Mod Podge can leave brush marks on the coaster’s surface.

How to make Dutch pour painting coastersHow to make Dutch pour painting coasters

Grab a blank tile coaster and use pouring paint and a straw to create these eye-catching Dutch paint pour coasters. It’s such a fun and creative way to experiment with colour in your home decor!

Easy paint pour tile coasters DIY craftEasy paint pour tile coasters DIY craft

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