Glossy Finish for Paintings
I cover my paintings with a finishing layer of epoxy resin for a smooth glossy glass-like effect.
Epoxy resin is what I prefer to use to finish most of my paintings because I absolutely love the look, but it's definitely not a must. You can use any type of finish you like, for example, spray varnish, brush-on varnish, etc. Varnishes are available in different sheens - matte, satin, and glossy. Unlike resin, varnish creates a very thin coating on your painting. You can find an example of varnish finished painting at the end of this video.
I allow my paintings to dry for around 2 weeks. Even though acrylic pour paintings may appear dry-to-touch within the 1-3 days, waiting for 2-4 weeks allows to ensure the paint payer is fully cured and all the water has evaporated.
Blow dryer and Torch
Currently, I'm working with this mini travel blow dryer for my Dutch pours and other blow-out pouring techniques.
I use this blow dryer on a low setting. In regard to temperature, I find that both hot air and cool air work equally well, but hot air dries paint a bit faster.
Blow dryer and torch are not interchangeable. The blow dryer is used to move the paint and create a design, but it doesn't have enough heat to pop air bubbles as well as the torch. Also, keep in mind that if you use a blow dryer for popping air bubbles (instead of the torch), it will flow and shift your exciting design.
Heatgun is a better alternative to torch.
Paint for Acrylic Pouring
I do not use house paint. All the colors I use for my pour paintings, including the base paint, are regular artist acrylics.
Learning Acrylic Pouring
Currently, we offer one super comprehensive Acrylic Pouring A-to-Z online course created in a collaboration with two other amazing artists. You can learn more about it here.
I also have a NEW exciting course in the works - Epoxy Resin Finish Mastery Course. You can sign up for email updates regarding the new course releases here.
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