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Good to know… Pouring Technique: Application and differences of Schmincke Pouring Medium (50546) and Pouring Medium S (50547):


Lightfast 13 - March/April 2019


Dear friends of finest artists’ colours!

We hope that you have already had lots of creative impulses and we would like to provide you with fresh inspiration in this newsletter. The "Pouring Technique" is still very popular and - depending on the media used - always opens new experimental possibilities. Therefore, we would like to introduce you to the range of our two Pouring mediums. Our recently launched AKADEMIE® Acryl color Ink is already well liked since its presentation to the artists. We would like to show you what our artists have already painted with it - as a clip, and step by step with Christin Stapff. Finally, we share some clips of the Royal Watercolour Society (RWS) with beautiful stories of artists using Schmincke colours.

We wish you sunny moments and plenty of inspiration.

Your Lightfast Team

BLOG: Acrylic painting and handlettering with AKADEMIE® Acryl color Ink

NEW: Videoclips on our YouTube channel


Pouring medium (50546) for pure pouring techniques, colour flow and as a lacquer

The Pouring Medium (50546, available in 250 ml, 500 ml, 1 l and 2 l) dries to a transparent, non-sticking and water-resistant layer and is also ideal for exciting pouring techniques and acrylic paintings. Depending on the composition and mixing ratio, the colours spread more or less uncontrolled and form bizarre results during the drying process. The medium, mixed with acrylic colours, can be layered in a container, but can also be poured separately. The high-gloss, clear and tack-free medium can also be used as a lacquer for acrylic paintings (but not for works made with silicone oil!). After drying of the individual layer, it can be poured in several layers one after another on almost all grease-free substrates (pre-tests recommended, cover the workplace accordingly).

Pouring Medium S (50547) suitable for silicone oil for extreme cell formation

A typical effect of the pouring technique is the extreme cell formation of the colours which leads to spectacular results. This cell formation results from the addition of some silicone oil to the Pouring Medium S-acrylic colour mix. The Pouring Medium S is a medium which has been developed especially for cell techniques (available in 500 ml and 1l). Mixed with acrylic colours, it improves their flow properties. Pouring Medium S can be combined with silicone oil in different mixing ratios to increase this cell formation. Pre-experiments are suggested because the amount of medium and silicone oil to be added depends on the type of acrylic colour and personal preferences. Please also note the manufacturer's instructions for silicone oil. The mixture can also be diluted with water, dries waterproof and forms a light-stable, flexible film. 


Pouring techniques with acrylic colours are still very popular. There are several techniques and the results can vary immensely.

In addition to the various techniques, such as the layering of colours in a container before pouring or the direct pouring of different colours into another onto the painting ground, there is another difference that affects the results - the use of silicone oil. Schmincke has created the ideal products for all techniques with two different pouring mediums:

James Faure Walker on watercolour painting with HORADAM® AQUARELL and GOUACHE

    Watch the video    

Denis Ryan on acrylic painting with PRIMAcryl® Finest Artists' Acrylic

    Watch the video    

You can find many more clips on products, techniques and applications on our YouTube channel: 

Together with the Royal Watercolour Society (RWS), London, we have also produced some clips, which we would like to recommend to you. Enjoy the beautiful shots!

with Christin Stapff

The young German artist Christin Stapff has taken up the currently very popular theme "Lunar Galaxy" and shows us step by step how she creates “watercolour-like-effects” with the AKADEMIE® Acryl color Ink from Schmincke, incorporating handlettering elements...

Please note:
The described product attributes and application examples have been tested in the Schmincke laboratory. The information is based on our current state of technical findings and experience. Due to the diversity of applications in terms of painting techniques, materials and working conditions, as well as numerous possible influences, this information is based on a general application range. A legally binding guarantee of specific attributes or the suitability for a specific usage purpose cannot be derived from our information; therefore the use of the products must be adapted to the users' individual conditions and tested in trials. For this reason, we cannot provide a warranty for product attributes and/or assume liability for damages that occur in connection with the use of our products.
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