Popular Acrylic Pouring Medium

by Flax on February 9, 2012

Vanessa Kary, Acrylic/Pouring Medium on Canvas - Serendipity, 20"x30", 2011

Vanessa Kary, Acrylic/Pouring Medium on Canvas - Serendipity, 20"x30", 2011

Canadian artist Vanessa Kary says, “Liquitex Pouring Medium is SO much fun to work with, but it can get messy. I love how the finish is glossy and varnishing isn’t required. Hopefully this medium catches on in California.”

Well, it is catching on! With Vanessa’s images as inspiration, here’s what you need to know about this intriguing medium.

Use Liquitex Pouring Medium in combination with acrylic colors to create seamless surfaces and puddles of flowing color. The medium creates a strong body of paint when poured or dripped onto a surface, then retains a high gloss and wet appearance when dry. It won’t crack or hold bubbles in the paint film upon drying, it won’t add transparency when mixed with color, and its flexible, non-yellowing and water resistant when dry.

Paint wet in wet! By preparing multiple colors at one time you can create marbled surfaces by blending them using a palette knife or by dragging a fork or pointed tool through the surface, or compose multi-colored pieces in one sitting – just apply the next color directly after the first pour for spots or crisp concentric circles. For other effects turn the support on its side, this way and that, to allow the paint to run down the support surface at a variety of speeds and create drips and spreads.

For more ideas and inspiration, visit vanessakary.com. Vanessa learned of Pouring Medium last year, and as you’ll see from her gallery and photos, her focus since then has been on Liquid Landscapes.

Vanessa Kary, Acrylic/Pouring Medium on Canvas - Timeless, 48"x24", 2012

Vanessa Kary, Acrylic/Pouring Medium on Canvas - Timeless, 48"x24", 2012