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Old 01-12-2018, 03:25 PM
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Playing with acrylic pours

I recently saw some in an exhibit and was intrigued. The first one I did very much like I do skins but directly on a canvas. This is before reading how to do pours. The second one was after reading some direction. I did two more today... it's messy but fun... haven't photographed those yet. Have any of you done this? The videos all suggest adding silicone. Haven't done that yet because I don't have it on hand.


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Re: Playing with acrylic pours

Your posts are always so fun to open and read. No, only done pours in watercolor, not acrylic. These are gorgeous! You might cross post them in Acrylics forum as some of them I think do these.
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Re: Playing with acrylic pours

Nice pours. I 've used silicone and it does help with making the ever sought after cells. The WC member user Rick ( Eraethil ) who posts in this forum does some amazing pours with cells and marbling.

You can use WD40 which is silicone based. Most people have a can of WD 40 around. A little goes a long way. Also I had more luck with Flood Floetrol as a medium instead of the expensive pouring mediums. . You get the Flood Floetrol at home improvement stores like Home Depot in the paint department and it is cheap. Just when I was starting to be able to make cells I lost interest in acrylic pouring. Now I'm pouring inks instead.
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Re: Playing with acrylic pours

Thanks for the suggestion Kay, I'll post over there. Here are the other two. I like the first one, not so much the second. Interesting, I followed some instructions on the one I don't like as well.


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Gorgeous and glamorous!
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Old 01-14-2018, 01:36 AM
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Re: Playing with acrylic pours

The first one, with the green, is very nice! there's something so other worldly about it that I love.
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Re: Playing with acrylic pours

Always glad to see people experimenting. Pouring is an exciting technique to add to your repertoire. Congratulations on a good start!

Silicone-based oils are useful for obtaining cellular effects. WD40 has quite a variety of lubrication products. The "WD40 Specialist Water Resistant Silicone Lubricant" is the one that contains polydimethylsiloxane. I don't recommend using it, because it has several other ingredients: lubricants, propellants and solvents. Using these multiple-ingredient additives makes it impossible to know the effect of each ingredient. But lots of other artists use it and use it effectively!

If you are looking for pure polydimethylsiloxane (aka silicone oil or dimethicone) look for suppliers for cosmetic and soap manufacturers/artisans. And get a low viscosity oil. (500 centistokes or less)

There is a lot to learn about these kinds of additives (oils and solvents) as each has a somewhat different effect. So one key bit of advice is to begin by only adding very very small amounts to get a feeling for how they interact with acrylic paints and media.

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Re: Playing with acrylic pours

Really liked the first two. Dark and mysterious!
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