What is pouring medium?

by Mar 31, 2021Art Supplies

The next big art craze – have you experimented yet?

Jane said “At the moment a big art craze is pouring medium so, as I know little about this medium, I thought I’d do some research. My question is What is pouring medium?”.

Pouring acrylic paints and inks

Pouring medium is used with acrylic paints and inks.

It is a substance which is used to help change the consistency of the acrylics to allow them to pour more fluidly. It decreases the viscosity of the paint, it prevents cracking when it dries all without affecting the adhesive and binding properties.

The effects achieved will never be the same twice and some of the pieces you produce will look absolutely fantastic.

pouring medium with acrylic paints

Let your creative juices flow

Let your creative self loose and see what you can produce.

Introducing your kids to art

This is also a great way to introduce your kids to art. They get the science of making the medium and mixing the pouring medium with the acrylic paint.

Then, they have the fun and satisfaction of creating their own piece of artwork.

This is a win-win type of art for kids. No-one can comment on or criticise their technique or their sense of perception. Whatever they produce can stand the scrutiny of an expert and it is unbelievable fun.

To prepare the paint (or ink) for pouring

To prepare pouring medium with acrylic paint all you need to do is pre-mix paint and pouring medium in a mixing cup using half a tablespoon of paint to half a cup of pouring medium as a basic ratio.

Adding more paint will result in an increase in opacity and by adding more of the pouring medium will increase transparency, remember to mix the paint and medium together slowly to avoid air bubbles.

Can I make my own pouring medium?

To make your own pouring medium all you need is white glue, for example PVA and water. Mix equal parts of white glue and water together in a glass jar mixing lightly to avoid air bubbles, when mixed it’s ready to add to your acrylic.

The things you can use to make your own pouring medium are Mod Podge, PVA glue (as mentioned above) or regular Elmer’s glue.

These will all work perfectly as a substitute for commercial pouring  medium.

 

preparing your pouring medium

Will water work too?

Using water to dilute your acrylic instead of pouring medium will result in not only changing the consistency of your paint, but also the pigment density and the adhesion of the paint to the painting surface. 

So, while it might be fun to try it, the results will never be as good as using either home made or commercial pouring medium.

Again, it can be fun to let the kids try this as an experiment. They can see the difference between using the medium and water to change the consistency of the acrylics.

Gadsby’s sell pouring medium.

We do sell pouring medium, despite telling you how to make your own. For those who don’t wish to spend the time making their own or prefer to buy the ‘proper’ stuff we stock Daler Rowney FW Ink Pouring Medium. Current price is £14.95 for 750ML.

You have to supply the artistic talent and dedication to make the pieces you love. It is hard work, but it is amazing fun too.

daler rowney pouring medium

Jane is a member of the Gadsby’s team. She has a wide knowledge of the arts & crafts products and materials sold by Gadsby’s both from the perspective of an advisor in the shop and, for many of the products, from personal use too.

Please note that this is not a service that Gadsbys offer to clients – just an example of the private work done by one of the highly skilled and knowledgable Gadsby’s team shown for your interest.

 

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