In the world of paint pouring, additives that enhance flow characteristics and aid in cell creation are plenty, and plenty confusing for beginner and inexperienced fluid artists! Pouring mediums can also get very expensive as you experiment with creating the perfect mixture through trial and error. Rick’s Mix is a one stop shop for fluid artists, beginner or advanced!
I wanted to test this product without any additional tools, such as acetate ( a flexible sheet of plastic used to swipe one color over another), that would promote cell creation. I wanted to see how Rick’s Mix worked with minimal effort and set up, and let me say, it was effortless!
Rick’s Mix: Cherry Blossom Red, Daffodil Yellow, Lapis Blue, Coal Black, Alabaster White
Two plastic cups
Plastic tray for spillover paint
Paint brush (for edges)
Tablecloth to protect surface underneath
I chose to do a dirty pour. For those not familiar, this pouring technique involves layering paints, one at a time, into a single cup, rather than pouring individual colors onto the surface. The colors are vibrant out of the bottle! The consistency of these paints are thin enough that there is little resistance when pouring from the bottle or cup to cup, but thick enough that the colors don’t bleed into each other while still in the cup. Instead of trying to flip my cup onto my canvas board quickly, I place the canvas board upside down, onto the lid of my cup and then flip them both over at the same time. This is also a great way for children to flip their cups with little mess!
The 5oz of paint that I poured from the cup was surprisingly enough to cover my 8×10” panel! If you have paint poured before then you know just how much paint and product is often used for a successful pour (hint: a lot)! As I tilted the panel from side to side, the paints quickly and easily moved over the surface while retaining their opaqueness, not letting the whites and texture of the canvas show through.
After the pour:
When my panel was completely covered it took no time for cells to start appearing! Cells happen when the top layer of paint separates, allowing the bottom layers of paint to come through. Usually, paint pouring mediums (additives), such as Dimethicone, GAC 800 , Floetrol, PVA Glue, and gel medium, are added to acrylic paints to make them more workable and help cell creation. Rick’s Mix eliminates the need for extra pouring mediums while producing the same results! Within 5 minutes after the canvas panel was completely covered, the paints had separated on their own without the use other tools and formed some beautiful cells.
Rick’s Mix was so easy to use that my children, ages 9, 12 and 4, also enjoyed their very first paint pour!
(Age 4, 9 and 12 before drying)
We left our paint pours in a well ventilated area for 24 hours. They were dry to the touch when we excitedly checked on them! I was impressed with the permanence of the paints! They retained their vibrant colors through the drying process and held an appealing satin sheen. I am waiting a full 4 days before applying Quick Coat urethane sealer (VOC free clear, non-yellowing) that will produce a gloss finish as well as brighten their colors even more! We did a total of 7 pours on canvases and canvas boards yet only used less than half of each 16oz bottle. Rick’s mix is easy to work with and hard to stop creating with! Minimal mess, low odor, satisfying fluidity and beautiful permanence.
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