• Elisabeth Bachmann

Mixing Paints for Acrylic Pouring

Updated: Aug 8, 2020

I discovered acrylic pouring last September. Since then, I have been absolutely obsessed with it. There is a lot of information out there about how to start. Today, I’m going to talk to y’all about what works for me.

To create an acrylic pouring piece, you need the right materials. I mix my paint because it is more affordable. I have seen some neat reviews for Artist Loft Ready Mixed Pour Paints, but I still like the control I get when I mix my own.

To start, I need:

  • Soft acrylics — I use Mastertouch, Liquitex, and Cheap Joes

  • Floetrol

  • Liquitex pouring medium

  • Silicone oil

  • Plastic cups

  • Popsicle sticks

You can use either Floetrol or Liquitex pouring medium. I like to use mostly Floetrol and a little Liquitex because Floetrol is a lot less expensive. However, Floetrol will generate cells, so if that’s not what you want, leave it out.

I put a piece of pantyhose over the top of my Floetrol when I use it for pouring to prevent white lumps from ending up in my paint. Trust me, it’s easier to strain them than it is to mix them in later.

The silicone is also for making cells, but you need to clean off any oil residue once your painting has dried before you varnish it (if you choose to do so). When I use 3oz cups, I only add one drop of silicone.

For mixing, I do not measure, weigh, or really keep track of how much I put into each thing because each paint has a different thickness — sometimes even in the same brand. What I do is put the color first and gradually add Floetrol until the paint develops the consistency of warm honey.

Mix your paints in the plastic cups using your popsicle sticks. One stick per color, but you can reuse them once they have dried.

You don’t want to mix too fast, or you will get a bunch of bubbles that can mess up your painting. You can let it sit for a short period to let the bubbles you do create rise to the top and disappear.

The most important thing is that your paints have the same viscosity at the end. If they don’t, some will blend or get swallowed, leaving you with a less colorful, more muddy picture.

You also want to make sure it’s mixed all the way up, so you don’t get acrylic globs in the middle of your painting.

There are numerous techniques you can use to create beautiful acrylic pour paintings.

As I create the posts, I will add them below:

Swipe Technique (8/7)

If you have any questions, leave them in the comments below!

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