Pouring Medium Oops!

I’ve been wanting to have a play around with some paint pouring for a while. I mixed up some acrylic paints with Liquidex pouring medium and left it to settle.

I’ve had trouble finding a big enough piece of plastic with which to cover my foam board. In the end I went with the wrapping from a big roll of bubble wrap. Big mistake!

I poured some gel medium onto the plastic covered board and dripped the pain mixtures into it. Then I moved it around the board. The actual pouring went quite well and I was pretty happy with the results apart from the creases in the plastic that showed through.


Here’s what it looked like. (Ignore the yellow. That’s printing on the plastic.) Those white stripy bits are the creases in the plastic.

Pretty neat affect, huh?!

Here’s some close ups:




















And these are a couple of small pieces I did. These just used the paint and pouring medium mixtures without the gel medium base :


















The next step was supposed to be to peel the poured acrylic away from the plastic. However, I was unable to do that as it stuck fast. The plastic I used was obviously not the right kind – whatever that is. All is not lost though. I should be able to cut up the poured paint, plastic and all, and use it for embellishments. Watch this space.

So, the moral of the story is, when you’re doing something for the first time, try a small sample first. You can be sure I’ll do that with the next piece of plastic I find!

This is definitely a process I’ll be experimenting with more though. It was really fun to do and I love the results, even with the stickiness and creases.


4 comments to “Pouring Medium Oops!”

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  1. Katja Symons - 16 Nov, 2012 Reply

    Congratulations to those experiments, it reminds me……… I’d love to mess around with paint again (like I did as a child)!!! And I love those last two photographs also!! Thanks 😉

  2. Karen - 22 Jan, 2013 Reply

    Hey I did the exact same thing! I could have been the one to write the above story!

  3. Kirsten Gilmore - 18 Sep, 2014 Reply

    Hi Gillian. I use this technique a lot. What you need is thicker plastic, like a hardware store drop cloth. It should say 3mil or 4mil (not 2mil.) Hope this helps. 🙂

    • Gillian - 18 Sep, 2014 Reply

      Thanks Kirsten.

      It’s been ages since I did this but I still have some pouring medium left and have been meaning to give it another go. I found some plastic that was much thicker that had been discarded outside a shop. It had been used to wrap around a delivery that was made on a wooden pallet. I didn’t get around to trying it out though so will need to do that. From what you say it sounds hopeful! 🙂

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