In today’s video, I’m testing out the DecoArt Pouring Medium. This medium is a little bit more expensive than Floetrol and pricier than the DIY glue and water pouring medium that I’ve been using, but it already has an additive in there for creating cells, so that’s a bonus.
This medium was thinner than the other mediums that I’ve worked with so far. I used a 1:1 ratio of craft acrylics to pouring medium, and this was the recommended ratio on the jar of pouring medium. If you like your paint/medium mix to be on the thicker side, you could probably get away with a 60/40 mix.
Overall, I like this medium so far. It doesn’t create huge cells, but it definitely does create cells. I didn’t add heat to them, so I don’t know how their size would’ve increased had I done so. When the paintings dried, I did notice that the colors tended to be more muted and less saturated than they tend to be with Floetrol or the DIY glue and water pouring mediums, but it could just be the colors that I used in these paintings. I’ll have to do more testing to see if this is typical.
Check out the video below to learn how to see how DecoArt Pouring medium performs for acrylic pouring:
Supplies Used in This Project
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Husky Plastic Sheeting (or a large garbage bag / old newspapers / a bunch of plastic grocery bags / a painter’s dropcloth)
Foil Cookie Tray (to catch most of the excess paint as it runs off the edges of the painting – I purchased a set of 2 for $1.00 at the dollar store)
Vinyl / Nitrile Gloves (if you don’t want to be cleaning acrylic paint from under your fingernails for days, then use gloves – I buy mine by the box at Walmart in the cleaning supplies aisle)
Acrylic Craft Paints (in the video, I used DecoArt Crafters Acrylic White, Martha Stewart Cloud, a mix of DecoArt Americana Light Avocado + DecoArt Americana Saffron Yellow (for the olive green color), and a mix of Folk Art Aqua + Craft Smart Campground + Delta Ceramcoat Black (for the dark aqua color) craft acrylic paints)
DecoArt Pouring Medium (I used a ratio of 1:1 pouring medium to paint as recommended for craft acrylics)
Plastic Cups (to hold the paint / pouring medium mixture – you can use any small plastic cups for this, or you can save yogurt containers or even plastic cat food containers and use those)
Wood Craft Sticks (to stir the paint / pouring medium mixture – I picked up a package of 100 for $1.00 at the dollar store, and once the paint is completely dry on them, you can reuse them)
Plastic Shot Glasses (to raise the canvas off of the work surface so the paint can flow off the edges after you pour – I bought a package of 24 plastic shot glasses for $1.00 at the dollar store, but you can use food service containers, plastic yogurt containers, cat food containers, or even a small box under the canvas)