Well hello Lulu Art fans, today I’m going to play with something new, Dina Wakley Pouring Medium – it’s fun and a little scary and my friend Kylie who owns Lulu Art, thinks I’m about to make a huge mess, she might just be right (though I hope not)!
The product information says…….
Use Dina Wakley Media Pouring Medium to achieve colorful poured sheets, puddles, marble, and flow effects when mixed with Dina Wakley Media Acrylic Paints. Pouring Medium is non-crackling and dries to a satin finish without holding bubbles and allows you to write, stamp, and draw on your pours. Dina Wakley Media Cell Creator changes the density of your paint mixtures to create isolated variations in the colors, commonly referred to as “cells” in pours. Pour over various surfaces such as Media Board, journal pages, wood panels, canvas, and more. Available in 8 oz Pouring Medium, 1 oz Cell Creator, and 4 oz Pouring Medium and .5 oz Cell Creator set.
But what is it?
Pouring Medium is an acrylic medium that you mix with Dina Wakley acrylic paint (or any acrylic paint really). This mixture becomes a pourable, fluid paint that you play with to create interesting effects. To help you create cells in your pours, we also created Cell Creator. Just a few drops in your pour mixtures creates serious MAGIC!
So how do you use Pouring Medium and Cell Creator?
- Start by adding a little Dina Wakley paint into a small mixing bowl or cup – use a different bowl for each color. I think perhaps limit the colors to 5-7 different colors to begin – just so you don’t make a really big mess!
- Add the Dina Wakley Pouring medium to each cup, a good ratio to use is 1 part paint to 4 parts pouring medium
- Stir gently with a spoon or paddle pop stick
- Add 1 drop of the Cell creator to some of the paint mixes for larger cells, or add more for smaller cells, you can try adding more to one color of paint and see what happens
- Tip each paint mixture over your surface – one after another
OR for a DIRTY POUR tip all of the paint into one bowl or cup and quickly upend this over your surface
- Tilt the surface or encourage the paint to move across the surface using a brush or paddle pop stick to create interesting patterns and effects
- Once happy with your design leave it to dry. Drying time depends on your climate, more humidity means a longer drying time – give it at least 24 hours.
For my mixed media journal cover, I also created a little combination of Lindy’s Magicals mixed with water and Pouring medium and added this to the mix (next time I would NOT add any water to this as it made it too runny) and I also added some glitter – again I wouldn’t add this to a colored pour as it got lost – looked way better sprinkled over the top.
To finish off the journal cover I’ve added stamped images and then embellished with paint pens and stenciled images and a few paint drips – keeping it simple!
I’ve created a video so you can watch my little experiment and see how I finished off my journal cover just in case you might like to try something similar.
- The pouring medium dries to a satin finish, though depending on the acrylic paint you’ve used it can turn out quite matt.
- The fresher your Dina Wakley Media acrylic paints are, the more easily they will mix into the pouring medium. Either way, just keep mixing until your pouring mixture looks consistent – you’ve got lumps, keep stirring!
- What can you pour on? Well, almost anything including plywood board, canvas, paper, wood, plastic, glass, metal, cardboard, and even aluminum foil!
- Not sure what to use your pour for? Think about canvas, book covers, collage papers, backgrounds, journals, and because the surface is matt you can paint over them or even draw on top!
I hope my little experiment inspires you to have a play with this for yourself, I promise the most nerve-wracking part is lifting the cup!
So grab some of the Dina Wakley Pouring Medium and see what you can create!