Hi everyone, today I have another acrylic pouring project for you and this time I used thinner paints and a different pouring medium. Vallejo creates two sorts of pouring medium, the regular Pouring Medium and the Thick Pouring Medium which is meant for thinner/fluid paints.
If you would like to know more about what acrylic pouring is and what tips I have considering the basics of acrylic pouring then you can read one of my older blog posts HERE!
Today I used DecoArt Americana acrylic paints to pour with and these are of a thinner consistency then heavy body acrylic paints but not as thin as fluid acrylics. The mixing process is the same as with the heavy body paints: I used a recipe of 1/3 paint (20 grams) and 2/3 Vallejo Thick Pouring Medium (40 grams). This I mixed and then added a little bit of water and when happy I added a few drops of silicone oil, but not to the white! The mixing part went a lot faster with the Vallejo medium I must say, because less added water is needed!
Note: better to not use water!
I think that the regular Vallejo Pouring Medium would have worked with these DecoArt Americana Paints as well, the consistency was a little thicker then I liked and it dried a bit to fast in some places (like where it was running of the edge of the canvas, which created thick globs). More water in the mix improved it though, but caused problems later.
I used DecoArt Americana acrylic paints in the following colours: “Snow (Titanium) White” (without silicone), “Shimmering Silver” (which is a metallic), “True Blue” (gorgeous colour by the way) and a mixture of “Heritage Brick” and “Hauser Dark Green” to create a nice dark brown for contrast.
The main difference between the Floetrol (the pouring medium I used in my other paint pouring projects) and the Vallejo Thick Pouring Medium I noticed when I torched the paint after tilting the canvas: the mixture with Floetrol instantly reacts to torching, lots of things can change that way, but with the Vallejo Thick Pouring Medium the bubbles pop (which is good) but nothing really changed in the composition, which I mostly liked!
From watching YouTube video’s I know that without the silicone oil you don’t get any cells with the Vallejo medium, so that is a big difference with the Floetrol as well (which gives you some cells even without the added silicone oil).
Added note after drying: if I would need to choose between Floetrol and Vallejo Thick Pouring Medium then I would choose Floetrol though because I personally don’t like the way the Vallejo dries, I takes really long and I had some cracking (not today’s project but a different one, where I added a little water to thin the paint mixture), I also had more trapped bubbles that didn’t pop with the torch (visible after drying only), but I’m no expert in acrylic pouring so you can try out both for yourself and see what you like best! Price-wise Floetrol is the better option as well.
This is probably the last or one of the last pouring projects that you will see on my blog, the plastic waste and non-controllable outcome are just not my thing, but I enjoyed it while it lasted!
Some detail pictures of today’s project (which is a gift for my boyfriends aunt) after drying:
I wish you a creative day!