Liquitex Pouring Medium is one of our most popular products. There is definitely a trend on the rise for creating artworks with a ‘poured’ painting effect. With so many different ways that paint can be poured, flooded, mixed, dripped and marbled on a canvas, this is a really fun technique that can produce awesome results.
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These sorts of techniques work best with soft/medium body acrylic paints, fluid acrylic paints (such as the Golden Fluid Acrylics) or acrylic inks. You will need to mix these paints with an acrylic pouring medium such as Liquitex Pouring Medium or Golden GAC-800. Note that these are just two of the several options available. Pouring mediums work particularly well for these sorts of techniques as they are less likely to cause crazing (tiny cracks in the surface of the paint) than other mediums. Carefully mix your paint with the pouring medium to make sure the two parts are combined properly. If you get bubbles when mixing your paint, you can let the paint sit for a while (with a lid to stop it from drying out).
Before you get started you need to ensure that your work area is clean and dust-free. Pouring medium slows down the drying rate of acrylics and any dust can get lodged in the paint while it’s still wet. Also make sure that your work surface is level to avoid an uneven finish. The trick for creating smooth, glossy, seamless surfaces is to work wet into wet. It is important to have several colours mixed and ready so that they can be applied one after the other, or at the same time. This ensures a more even drying time across the artwork. Swirls and marbled effects can be created with sticks and palette knives by pulling and pushing the paint around your surface. Move your canvas around and tilt it to create various drip effects and to move colours across your canvas. Colours can be poured in layers – this can be especially interesting when using translucent colours. Apply another coat only once the layer below has dried.
How to use Liquitex Pouring Medium
Mix about 15ml (1 tablespoon) paint with 250ml (1 cup) pouring medium. Add less paint for a more transparent colour, and less for a more opaque or intense colour. Drying time varies depending on the thickness of the layer, but it can take 1 to 2 days to cure fully.
How to use Golden GAC-800
Mix 1 part paint to 10 parts GAC-800 as a starting point, but you could adjust this ratio to best suit your style. Remember to keep in mind that adding a higher ratio of paint can result in crazing, so be careful! Finding your best methods and techniques comes through experimenting – so just have fun!
Another really cool technique you could try out is making “paint-skins” whereby you create your acrylic paint artwork onto a sheet of glass and then peel it off using water and a squeegee or palette knife. This sheet of paint can them be used in all sorts of ways including cutting it up, layer it on mixed media and collage art or create sculptural elements.
For some inspiration check out these artworks below: