Liquid Glass – Pouring Colours
A primary collection of pouring colours formulated to exact proportions to ensure consistent suspension of pigment, ease of flow, colour intensity and finish that will not craze.
All dry to a very glossy and smooth finish. The range includes transparent and opaque colours, ideal for mixing and glazing effects. Mix with each other to create custom colours. Use white to opacify and create opaque colours. Colours may be applied onto or adjacent to wet areas for creating patterns and special effects. Use straight out of the jar or extend with Pouring Medium.
There are limitless possibilities and unexpected compositions when pouring acrylic colours. Results are sure to please, excite and surprise the novice to professional painters.
60mL, 120mL, 250mL, 500mL, 1L, 2L, 3.78L
Available premixed colour set: 6 x 60mL
Use on rigid, level surfaces. Wood panels recommended. Sagging and pooling may result if using stretched canvas. Paper may curl and buckle resulting in areas of paint to pool.
Get set for success by properly preparing the studio/work space and establishing an optimum environment for drying/curing of finished works.
BEFORE YOU START:
A large cover, like an inverted box on top will prevent dust and reduce the danger of bumping... or curious pets.
Liquid Glass – Acrylic Pouring Medium
An acrylic medium formulated to mix with colours for paint pours or to be used as a resin finish. It dries very hard and clear with an extremely high gloss finish. It is essential for acrylic paint colours to flow and have even suspension when using pouring techniques. (Note* Tri-Art Liquid Glass Pouring Colours do not require the addition of the medium.
Pouring medium may be tinted with colour or used as a clear, very glossy layer or finishing coat.
Like the Pouring Colours, rigid surfaces are recommended such as wood or Tri-Art's Alu Panels. Surfaces need to be level and stationary to avoid uneven flow and settling of the medium.
AVAILABLE SIZES – POURING MEDIUM:
60mL, 120mL, 250mL, 500mL, 1L, 2L, 3.78L
AVAILABLE SIZES – CELL FLOW SILICONE MEDIUM:
60mL, 120mL, 250mL
There is no absolute ratio due to the vast range of paint properties and qualities (pigment strength, viscosity/format, transparency, age etc.) as well as artistic esthetic when creating works of art. A good rule of thumb is mixing (1:20) of colour (FQ Liquids) to 20 drops Pouring Medium. Always test for fluid flow and suspension of colours.
If using Tri-Art's Liquid Glass Colours, the Pouring Medium is not required. It may be added to colours to extend or applied onto the surface to create clear passages and to fill in negative spaces and uneven areas on the surface.
In order to avoid excessive bubbles from mixing colours with Pouring Medium, gently tap on surface and let mixed colours rest 3-5 minutes before pouring.
Pouring Medium – Guidelines
- If adding colour to the medium, use our professional quality or similar quality Liquid Acrylic, additions should be around 5% acrylic colour to pouring medium. Avoid high-viscosity paints. You may have to add more with a less pigmented paint, but this will not be ideal. Make sure the paint you mix into it is a 100% acrylic polymer emulsion product.
- Work on wood panel, aluminum panel, or a good quality canvas and stretcher frame. Canvas may sag so you can support it underneath with cardboard to keep things level.
- Avoid Masonite boards or bamboo boards, the glue in these products like to react chemically with the pouring medium on top, and can cause crazing and bubbles to appear.
- Avoid applying as a top coat over watercolours, or any product that is water-resoluble. This includes paint products containing PVAs, some re-soluble glues, some spray paints and spray paint varnishes, and some alcohol ink products.
- Avoid mixing with “zinc mixing white”. Zinc Mixing White pigment may cause cracking to occur as it disrupts the polymerization process of this acrylic product.
- If looking for an overall glossy finish, use only glossy pigments, some pigments are naturally more matte than others.
- If you wish to use the product as a top coat, ensure that the paint underneath has fully cured before applying a layer of Liquid Glass. By pouring liquid glass before the acrylics underneath have fully cured, it can cause bubbling within the Liquid Glass as the layers underneath try to cure and release volatiles. I would recommend probably 72 hours.
Liquid Glass – Cell Flow
A silicone oil that aids in the production of cell-like formations in acrylic paint. It is favoured when using acrylic pour techniques.
- Add 1-2 drops of Cell Flow per 30 mL of ready to apply colour.
- Gently mix with a palette knife or stirrer. Less mixing allows for larger cells.
- To release the cells created by the oil lightly skim the paint surface with a palette knife to take off the top layer. Do not over stroke or colours will mix and cells will be lost.
- Once dry wipe surface before adding more paint layers. The oil will have settled on the surface and acrylics will not adhere to the surface unless the oil is wiped away.