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Intuitive Art: Poured Paintings Streaming Video

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Join artist Betsy Dillard Stroud in this online video workshop all about creating a painting that starts with freely poured watercolor!

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In this start-to-finish video workshop, join artist Betsy Dillard Stroud as you learn how to make unique abstract works of art! You'll begin by giving up control and letting the paint do the work as Betsy shares her technique of starting a painting with a watercolor pour. From this chaos of color, you'll use watercolor, gouache, acrylic, stamping, and collage to bring the painting together into a cohesive whole. Along the way, you'll play with glazing, color diffusions, and design, giving yourself the freedom of expression to confidently create. This exercise is challenging, fun, and guaranteed to end with a completely unique painting every time!

In this video, you'll:

  • Try unusual combination of media, such as mixing acrylic watercolor
  • Learn important principles of color harmony and composition
  • Discover the freedom of starting a painting with poured color
  • Free your creative spirit and follow your intuition!

Preview Intuitive Art: Poured Paintings now to see pouring in action and get tips for bringing the painting together with glazing and patterns:

Materials List


  • A variety of watercolors
  • A variety of gouache
  • A variety of acrylics
  • White gesso


  • Assorted brushes


  • Watercolor paper


  • Palette
  • Water containers
  • Tape
  • Stamps
  • Collage material
  • Scissors
  • Matte medium
  • Wax paper
  • Plastic cups

About the Artist

Betsy Dillard Stroud, a born Virginian, has lived in Arizona since 1996 and has been painting since the age of eight. A former art historian, Stroud received her M. A. in art history from the University of Virginia. Her paintings are filled with the marriage of her art history background, her love of color affected by the ambience of the west and the southwest, and the symbolism created by her life experiences. For more information, visit

Additional Information

SKU R7355
Product Type Streaming Video
Instructor Betsy Dillard Stroud
Runtime 88 minutes
Skills Acrylic, Paint, Watercolor
Art Style Abstract
Skill Level All Levels
Content Abstract
Media Acrylic, Watercolor
  1. Excellent Exercise - Learned A Lot review by Kelli on 1/31/2018

    First of all, I am familiar with Betsy Dillard Stroud. I have a couple of her books. I am familiar with her style. I find her to be a creative genius and an extremely talented artist.
    In the beginning of the video, she says she practiced this technique (of beginning a painting with a pour) for the first time in 1989. She continues to sometimes use this
    approach for a painting. From that point on, she takes an intuitive approach and continues to work on the painting. She talks out loud while she makes decisions and tells
    the viewers why she is choosing certain colors, and why she is placing them there, and so on. The object of the exercise is that it's about being intuitive and I think she gets
    that point across. She gives helpful information along the way, referring to the "principles of design" and so on. She uses a variety of products, beginning with the
    watercolor. She progresses to using some acrylics. She introduces us to some beautiful colors from Holbein, and is basically using a limited palette and a version of the
    primaries. I was very interested to hear that Holbein has numerous shades of grey and she used one of them. She mixed some of the watercolors with the grey, and
    made beautiful neutrals/areas for the eye to rest. I am anxious to order that particular grey. She used other products: fluid acrylics, gouache, and white gesso. She used a little black and
    did some calligraphic work, i.e., the beauty of line. She gave a helpful hint about making your own collage; a technique I had never heard of. In short, I picked up on lots of new
    techniques watching this and I got to see how her brain worked while she painted. I am 100% happy that I ordered this. I've been painting for over 20 years.

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