You’ve had questions, and hopefully we’ll have the answers related to an Amazon Paint Pouring Kit. This review will be provided in 2 parts: Part 1- individual products within the kit, and Part 2- testing the paints, canvas and silicone with 3 separate pours.
1. What’s in the Kit?
The kit can be ordered at Amazon.com for around $55.95 (prices constantly change on Amazon), and if you have a Prime account you can get free shipping as well. My package arrived within 24 hours, double boxed in heavy corrugated packaging ensuring the weighty product would arrive in perfect condition.
Due to the cost of this product, I decided to take the time to break down the costs of the individual items within the $55 kit to see if it was worth the price. Remember, these prices constantly change on Amazon, so it may not be accurate today, but they should be pretty close. To purchase the products individually from Amazon, the prices were listed as follows:
- Floetrol Flood, quart size $6.97
- Darice Matte Acrylic Paint, $1.00 per 2 ounce bottle: x16 bottles $16.00
- Combo (20) Pixiss mixing sticks: (20) 10 oz metered measuring cups $9.95
- Pack of (6) 5”x5”stretched canvas $15.04; so for three it would be $7.52
- Pixiss Acrylic Pour Oil, 3 ounces $9.97
- Disposable Latex-free gloves pack of 50, $7.35, $0.15 per glove; six gloves $0.90
Total to purchase products individually $51.31. Keep in mind for example, you can’t purchase gloves in packs of six, usually its 50 or more—so that alone would put this over the $55 at $57.76 and potential tax and shipping on each individual item can easily put you over $60. Once you break it down, the kit is definitely at a competitive price.
For the beginning pour artist, simply the fact that this is all inclusive would also make it a great buy.
There are six individual gloves included in the pack, these are your basic medium sized disposable gloves.
Latex alert! The glove package does not say if the gloves are latex, but the add on Amazon does. So if you have latex allergies, just be aware that these are likely to be latex. They are enclosed in their own packing, so if you wanted the rest of the kit—you should be able to safely discard the gloves.
Pixiss Pouring Oil is 100% silicone, and a nice thick consistency. This should provide great cells similar to coconut oil, as it “seems” to be a little thicker than treadmill oil. This comes in a 3 ounce bottle that should provide a great deal of beautiful creations. I was really happy to see such a large bottle of silicone!
The kit also includes 20 Pixiss medium sized stir/mixing sticks.
I will say the metered cups are my favorite part of the kit. There are both U.S and metric measurements on every cup, depending on which you prefer. If you are like me, you’ll use both sides! The cups are a thicker flexible plastic, allowing a better hold without breaking or fear of collapsing the cup. The rim is heavy so it won’t give in, but you can give it some pressure for a more directed pour such as a thicker ring pour.
Each cup will provide several mixings and/or pours, as long as you clean them immediately after, you should be able to reuse them time and time again. Obviously if you use them for resin or leave them overnight with paint on one, you’ll need to toss it after use.
I do not normally use the 5×5 inch stretched canvas, but I will say these are a nice little surprise. They are of medium quality and weight, nicely primed, and acid free. I found them just a little loose in the middle, but they tightened right up with a little spritz of water on the back side. The canvas corners were tight, and well folded.
I would suggest adding a drop of super glue or tack glue just to secure the corners down prior to painting.
The last component to the kit was 16, yes that’s (16) 2 fl/ounce bottles of the Darice Matte Acrylic Paints.
The paints included are the six primary colors: Black, White, Bright Yellow, Dark Yellow, Bright Red, and Bright Blue.
There are six secondary colors: Grass Green, Turquoise, Purple, Brown, Orange, and Mint Green.
Also four lighter colors: Pale Blue, Ocean Breeze, Light Pink, and Grey.
Impression of Kit Contents
My overall impression is that it is a well thought out kit, especially for the beginner. I can see this as a great gift for someone wanting to start pouring, as it contains all the basics one would need.
There is one thing I believe should be changed, that is the latex gloves. Those with latex allergies may not order this simply because they can’t take the chance of coming in contact with the gloves. If they are not latex, that needs to be updated on Amazon’s website.
Lastly, and really important for beginning paint pouring artists, a simple guide for how to mix their paints would be a nice addition to the kit. Nothing more than a couple of sentences on how much Floetrol should be mixed with the Darice Matte Acrylic Paint, and maybe a mention of how to use the silicone. As we all know, every paint is different and mixes at varied ratios, so giving a simple instruction note would make a big difference for beginners.
If you are giving this as a gift, be kind and provide the mixing note since its not included.
Related: Acrylic Pouring Supplies Guide
2: Using the Kit
We continue with Part 2 of the Amazon Paint Pouring Kit review by testing out the Darice Matte Acrylic Paint, Pixiss Acrylic Pour Oil, and the (3) 5×5 canvas included in the kit.
Materials used from kit:
- Darice Matte Acrylics: Green Grass, Bright Blue, Bright Yellow, Purple and White.
- Pixiss Acrylic Pouring Oil
- Floetrol Flood
- (3) 5×5 Canvas
In previous paint reviews I do them according to the manufacturer’s guidelines, but when they don’t have guidelines for paint pouring, I experiment on my own, then share the one that is most appropriate. I’ve been asked why I don’t show the failed attempts, as it may help others. So, you are getting the failed and success stories this time.
I went to Darice.com and could not find any information on how to use their acrylic paints for paint pouring, so I decided to experiment with three different ratios of medium to paint and see where that would possibly lead.
In all three pours the following colors were used: Green Grass, Bright Blue, Bright Yellow, Purple, and White; and two drops of the Pixiss Pouring Oil was used in one color for each pour. I used the three canvas pack included in the kit for the test pours.
Pour 1 (3:1 ratio)
I knew this was a lower pigmented paint, but wasn’t quite sure just how low, so I started the first pour mixing paints at a (3:1) Floetrol to paint with just a few drops of water added.
This was a simple flip cup using Darice paints and the Pixiss oil used in the yellow paint only. As suspected the Pixiss oil is a thicker viscosity so you don’t need to use a lot. You will need to do a couple extra stirs when mixing it in with your paint or you might end up with a blob of silicone especially when using a small canvas.
When mixing the paints individually, I noticed they seemed to be the correct consistency but the color appeared faded.
Once in the pour cup, as you can see in the 3:1 cup, the edges were already disappearing, a clear sign that the ratio is not correct.
Here even before I torch, the colors were fragmented, especially noticeable in the white.
Once it started drying the canvas started to show from underneath, and the cells have completely disintegrated, nothing is formed. So, on to Pour 2 using a (2:1) Floetrol to paint mixture.
Pour 2 (2:1 ratio)
Next, I went to a (2:1) Floetrol to paint mix, with silicone in the purple only. This was the same consistency as pour one, so only a couple drops of water were added. In the pour cup (2:1) you can see the paints are holding their form better, but there was still some bleed over.
I used a wide ring pour in test two.
This was better, but still seemed a bit weak on color saturation. The white held up better, but there was still some fragmenting on the corners.
Here you can see after it dried, I put a quick gloss finish on top. In the final product there is still some fragmenting of paint, especially if you check out the area of silicone on the edges, they are more diluted and not a nicely formed cell.
The silicone produced some cells, but it did not hold up well on the sides due to the lack of binding from the paint—so nope, it’s still not the correct ratio. Next…
Pour 3 (1:1 ratio)
For this pour, once again I added the Pixiss oil to the yellow and used a simple pour with a (1:1) mixture adding a couple drops of water in each individual paint color.
I was surprised when I mixed the Floetrol to paint at equal amounts that the paints were still muted as compared to their pure tones in the paint bottles. Letting them set for a couple of minutes just to see if they would breakdown a little more did allow the colors to continue to develop, a little.
In the individual cups, the color never seemed to be as rich as the original, but I didn’t want to wait any longer, so I created pour cup (1:1). The paints in the cup are staying formed and separated from each other—this is what you want.
As I poured I could tell the paint was binding nicely and some cells and lacing are forming. Remember when your cells create openings but the edges do not form a solid edge, as in Pour 1, it’s typically because the medium to paint ratio isn’t right – usually not enough paint.
As it dried it actually darkened up creating a richer color.
After adding a gloss finish you can see the details in the cells which formed, intricate lacing and how the paint colors are deeper and richer once dried. In this (1:1) ratio, the paint colors have dried to the same shade as the original paint from the bottles. So, this is definitely the appropriate ratio of paint to medium.
While these colors are not vibrant, they are deep enough to be a credible contender within the realm of inexpensive acrylic paints. Using the (1:1) ratio or ½ Floetrol to ½ Darice Matte Acrylic Paints, you can obtain a deep color and create a nice dried matte finish. Remember you will need to use a heavy gloss varnish if you wish to have a high gloss.
Since these were small test pieces and not ones I will likely use, I used a spray gloss instead of my normal product. Using this type of finish, it took three coats to create the high gloss.
The Pixiss Pouring Oil worked as well as any other treadmill oil or coconut oil. It is a thicker substance, so one drop goes a long way. Be sure to give it a few extra stirs to break it down so that it will spread evenly across the pour.
All three 5×5 canvas all held up nicely and with the exception of pour one, a weak consistency of paint to medium, which did not cover the sides completely. That was on me, it was the first experiment. The other two canvas were fully covered without lifting or bleeding through.
In Part 1 of the review I mentioned the canvas corners were clean, but you will need to glue down each corner prior to pouring. I left these as they came so you can see what I mean about them lifting just a little after as it dried. A simple dab of super glue or tack glue will work well.
Again, overall the kit is a great idea for the beginning pour artist or as a gift for anyone who likes to experiment with new products.
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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.