I’ve been curious about the American Crafts Color Pour paints for a while now, and in this week’s Acrylic Pouring for Beginners video, I finally got to test them out!
The Color Pour line includes several different, pre-mixed pouring paint kits, including the Galaxy Surge kit that I used in the video. It also includes a wide range of individual colors. The pouring paint kits include 4 oz. bottles of 4 different paint colors, and the great thing about the Color Pour paints is that they come pre-mixed with pouring medium, so they’re ready for pouring right out of the bottle. The paints are more pricey than using regular craft paints with a DIY pouring medium like the Elmer’s Glue All and water medium that I’ve been using for many of my paintings, but they’re a very good choice if you’re looking for convenience.
A couple of notes about the Color Pour paints : I noticed that the paints have a stronger smell than any of the other paints that I’ve used for pouring. It’s not overpowering or anything like that, but it’s something to keep in mind if you’re sensitive to smells. Also, when the paints dry, they have a more plastic-like look than the other acrylic paints that I’ve used. They seemed to fill in and smooth out the texture on the canvas more than regular craft paints. This isn’t really good OR bad. It’s more a matter of your personal preference and how you like your paint to look on the canvas.
As you can see above, I had two very different results with the paintings I made with the Color Pour paints. The painting on the left has more subtle color variations with large areas of solid color, while the painting on the right (I added silicone oil to the paint for this one to help create cells) has a more “classic” acrylic pour look, with lots of color variation and cells here and there.
Check out the video below for the step-by-step pouring process for both of the Color Pour paintings:
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 Trays (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)
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)
Artist’s Loft Brand 12 x 12 Inch Canvas (Michael’s brand)
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)
Spot On 100% Silicone Treadmill Belt Lubricant to create cells in acrylic pour paintings. I used about 20 drops / 1/8 teaspoon to about 3 Tablespoons of the Floetrol/paint mixture.