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.

We stock a wide range of pouring mediums – click here to view all options.

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:

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12 comments

    • MeganReply

      Hi Kathy

      Isn’t it just the most fantastic stuff? The effects you can get are great.

      We stock two sizes, the 237ml (R308.40) of which we have 6 in stock, and the 946ml (R632) of which we have none in stock right now. We are receiving new stock within the next two weeks or so.

      If you would like to place an order or have us hold any aside for you, please let us know and we’d be happy to help.

      Warm regards
      Megan
      The Deckle Edge Team

  1. ChrisReply

    Hi,
    I Wanted to order liquitex pouring medium online but it does not come up in the Search result.
    Have you for shock in the Shop?
    Thanks
    Chris

    • MeganReply

      Hi Chris

      Thanks for your message and our apologies that the Liquitex Pouring Medium is temporarily unavailable in our online shop. We stock two sizes, the 237ml (R308.40) of which we have 6 in stock, and the 946ml (R632) of which we have none in stock right now. We are receiving new stock within the next two weeks or so.

      If you would like to place an order or have us hold any aside for you, please let us know here or via hello@deckleedge.co.za and we’d be happy to help.

      Warm regards
      Megan
      The Deckle Edge Team

  2. Gail SnymanReply

    Hi, I’m interested in buying fluid acrylics, spray silicone. Do you have a catalogue .
    Thank you
    Gail

  3. EzelleReply

    Hi. I bought the Spectrum pouring medium and cell forming agent from you but don’t get the right effect. Which acrylic paint brands are the best to use?

    • AdamReply

      Hi Ezelle

      You can use most brands of acrylic paints to get make pouring art. The only criteria we would recommend considering is how fluid your paint is. Heavy body acrylics for example will require more pouring medium to get a good liquid consistency with the pouring medium. Where softer body, or fluid acrylics will require less pouring medium to get it to a good consistency.

      I would be happy to help you with some advice on how to get your desired effect. Please send me an email to hello@deckleedge.co.za with some photos of your pours and I will gladly have a look and give you some feedback. 🙂

  4. oriReply

    Hi, I would like to experiment with fluid art mediums. I will need – black, grey, antique pink, white (4)colours, cell forming agent + whatever else is needed(besides canvas). Canvas size will be A3 size.
    Kindly advise price estimate for all of the above. Many thanks and regards.

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