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Old 12-29-2010, 07:35 AM
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Liquitex pouring medium? can it be used instead of Epoxy resin on paintings?

Hi guys

First of all, hope you had a good xmas, and i hope you all have a good new year

Recently I have been fascinated with Epoxy resin finishes to paintings. They really make the colours look outstanding, and the finish looks like the painting has a glass front on it. It looks like the painting has been framed, and the glassy finish looks amazing. For me its the colours. The colours look so vibrant after it has been finished with Epoxy resin, and it makes such a vast difference.

I was just wondering whether any of you use Epoxy resin for your paintings? and if any of you have used the liquitex pouring medium as a substitute. Epoxy resin is toxic, and you need ventilation, and protect yourself, whereas the liquitex pouring medium is safe to use. Just wondered if the liquitex pouring medium had the same glassy finish like the epoxy resin does

Here are two videos that showcase Epoxy resin finished paintings


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rYfGy... 396A&index=30
artist website www.minimalmagic.co.uk
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Old 01-04-2011, 12:16 AM
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Re: Liquitex pouring medium? can it be used instead of Epoxy resin on paintings?

I use liquitex pouring medium or golden self leveling gel a lot in my work, and it creates a very nice resin-like glassy/reflective finish. One of the potential drawbacks is that I think it is a softer finish than resin. It can be dimpled by something leaning up against it for a while, so be careful. Perhaps resin surfaces have the same weakness - not sure.

One of the benefits is that it doesn't have a natural yellow cast to it like resin does, so you can get a very clear finish that doesn't alter your colours. Of course, you can tint it very effectively with modern transparent pigments. And as you mentioned, the smell isn't as big an issue as resin off-gassing.

Comments and critique actively sought and much appreciated!
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Old 01-28-2011, 08:35 PM
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Re: Liquitex pouring medium? can it be used instead of Epoxy resin on paintings?

I like the Golden self-leveling gel and also their GAC 200 product for a glossy finish. Haven't tried it super-thick yet, but hope to soon. I used it for one piece that I wanted to mimic dichroic glass, and for layered glazing. I do abstract pieces playing with transparency, iridescence, reflectivity and so on.
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Old 08-10-2012, 11:12 AM
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Smile Re: Liquitex pouring medium? can it be used instead of Epoxy resin on paintings?

epoxy resin is more like glass - the pouring mediums are more like rubber/plastic.

you will never get the same results with a pouring medium, unfortunately...

the chemical reaction between the A and B parts of the artresin really makes it super hard and glass like.

the 1 part pouring mediums, I find similar to white craft glue - that is originally white, and dries clear.

also, the acrylic medium i have tried were not as clear when you got too thick.

artresin it!!!
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Old 06-07-2014, 06:41 AM
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Hi Fazzy, not all epoxy resins are toxic and nasty anymore...technology has moved on with more user-friendly formulations arriving on the market. Two-part unfilled epoxies are superior to pouring mediums in virtually every aspect..mechanical strength, durability, optical clarity.

In addition if the resin formulation contains the correct U.V blocking agents and inhibitors then it will easily outperform gel media in terms of anti-yellowing properties .

Eli-Chem Resins Ltd

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