I don’t usually write product reviews or comparisons as I had to author so many when I was working. The typical reviews were always a formal evaluation based on many individual’s input, and at times not my opinions at all. So I decided when I had the chance to develop a written review for a group of awesome artists on new products, and provide my own viewpoint, the writer in me was almost giddy!
Supplies I Used:
- Happy Medium’s Paint Ready to Pour™ Pure White and Coal Black
- Liquitex Basics Copper, Medium Magenta, Quinarcidone Magenta, Cadmium Yellow Light Hue, Cadmium Orange Hue, Phthalo Blue, Bright Aquamarine Green All Liquitex paints were mixed with Floetrol in a 1:3 ratio.
- Art Advantage 9×12 Canvas Board
- Floetrol Flood
- Plastic mixing/pouring cups
- Glass measuring cup for tree pour
- Paint strainer for Liquitex paints – Floetrol mixes only
- Essential Values Treadmill Lubricant (Silicone)
- Disposable Gloves
I received my online order within four days, which included two items: a 64 ounce bottle of Pure White for $34.00, and 32 ounce Coal Black for $20.00 both from their Paint Ready to Pour line. Neither the white nor black contain silicone which is why I wanted to do my initial review on these two must have base colors.
Happy Medium offers free shipping for any order over $25 within the U.S. excluding Hawaii and Alaska. If you live outside the U.S., contact Caren or Clint, let them know what you want to order; where you live; and they’ll tell you your shipping costs up front. They accept credit, debit and as many on this blog will appreciate, PayPal.
Instructions for Use
Simply shake and pour. Heck yeah!! It was that simple, nothing to add or extra mixing needed. Just for giggles, I let it set overnight and poured without shaking first, and I found it can leave white flakes.
So just shake it first, my friends, no flakes or clumps—priceless! If you want to thin it at all, just add a few drops of water and mix to your desired consistency. From what I experienced, I personally didn’t need to add water, but if I were to do a strainer pour or anything similar, I would probably thin the paint just a bit.
Remember, Happy Medium does not add silicone to their white or black paints. In the following three samples, I decided to create two of my test pours 100 percent silicone free. Glad I did, now I know the quality of paint, density and pigmentation of both colors and their ability to create cells without silicone.
Judge for yourself…
All three tests were created on new Art Advantage 9×12 white canvas boards.
This was a simple flip cup utilizing Happy Medium Coal Black and Pure White, along with Liquitex Basics Copper, Cadmium Orange Hue, Phthalo Blue, and Bright Aquamarine Green on a Happy Medium Pure White wet base.
As you can see, there were tons of cells and beautiful lacing throughout even with no silicone added. I took the picture and noticed there were more cells trying to form. Where it looks like bumps, were actually small cells that opened up but filled back in as the painting dried. Overall very happy!
The only test sample I added silicone to was this dragon scale swipe. Created with three simple colors, Happy Medium Pure White, Liquitex Basics Cadmium Yellow Light Hue, and Phthalo Blue on a Pure White wet base. I added two drops of silicone (Treadmill Lubricant) in blue and yellow only. This sample was also used in “The Acrylic Pour Swipe.”
Here you can see Happy Medium’s Pure White has beautiful even coverage and amazing cell formation throughout the swipe. Happy Medium sells all their other colors pre-loaded with silicone, but you can special order them without if you wish. This adds a couple days onto the shipping timeline but there is no additional charge for the special order.
The final test was the illusive tree ring pour with Happy Medium Coal Black and Pure White, as well as Liquitex Basics Medium Magenta and Quinarcidone Magenta, on a Coal Black wet base. Look at those huge black cells. I think I’ll call them asteroids!
I was thrilled with the cell formation, coverage, and yes, the Coal Black dries to a deep pure black, not dark gray, like some.
Happy Medium paints are easy to use, simply shake the bottle well and pour. They provide great coverage, the black dries beautifully, and unique cell formation even without silicone. Plus, the fact that all their colors, other than white and black come with silicone; but you can request all colors without silicone as needed.
Only cautions would be to remember to shake the bottle each time before a pour, even if on the same day; and be careful to measure out how much you need, as you don’t want to waste it. There is a slight odor, similar to most acrylic paints, so if you have any sensitivity to paints, be sure to wear personal protective equipment as needed.
Personally, I am thrilled to find a great product for a moderate price that takes the guesswork out of mixing; and eliminates those nasty clumps I tend to miss due to crummy vision.
My next review will be featuring Happy Medium Paint Ready to Pour in the colors Red Line, Moody Blue, and Sunflower Yellow all three of which are pre-mixed with silicone. Unfortunately, the next review will be at least a few weeks out, as I actually go in for hand surgery first thing in the morning. Till the next time—continue to paint pour your amazing heart out!
Since she began creating art in 2007, Tina Swearingen’s focus has evolved from repurposed conceptual art into the creativity and flow of acrylic pouring. Her pours are inspired by the movement and colors of Southern Arizona’s amazing thunderstorms, and the majestic beauty of the Pacific Northwest, which she now calls home.