Frequently Asked Questions:

9/5/ 2021  Message from Debbie K: 

Hello Leslie,
Thanks again for the beautiful pigments that I just received last week from you.
I can’t wait to try them out, also loving the new spoons they mix much better and pour off really easy.
So here is my challenge. I mixed your Primary Elements Arte pigments with 1 TBL Vivid Enamel and 1 Tsp Polycrylic.
I also mixed my AussieFloetrol with 1 Tbl Floetroel and 1 Tsp Amsterdam white for my CA.
My cell activator sinks as soon as I put it on my puddles of paint. So before I go bat crazy and keep getting frustrated, what am I doing wrong?
I really want to use the pigments. What do you suggest, any words of wisdom from you would be greatly appreciated.

Debbie Hopefully the following information will be helpful to you …

Enamel: Pure un-tinted Multi-surface acrylic enamel.

  • Mix with pigments for brush painting.
  • Add a dash of varnish for blooms and swipes where you use n activator
  • Add a dash of Liquitex pouring medium or GAC 800 and water for regular pours

PolyPour: Our Enamel Blended with Varnish

  • To moisten the pigments:  do not use a wetting agent                
  • Use a small 1/3-1/2 of the amount you plan on using
  • Mix it into a paste and dissolve
  • Once mixed, add the rest of the PolyPour

NEW TIP with Pigments Versus Tube paints 

Tube paint is produced with thickeners in the acrylic base.

If you mix your tube paint and pigments with the exact same acrylic blend, the tube paint will be thicker

Achieve equal consistency of all parts of your project

All three parts: Pillow, Colors and (Cell Activator or catalyst ) should be close to consistency


House paint straight out of the can –  Don’t Thin, you want the paint ( pillow on the bottom) base thicker than normal paint pouring consistency. Look for a brand of paint with NO primers or Fast drying activators.

Those chemicals affect your color staying on top of the Pillow color.

The Best alternative: Every Hardware store carries a base prepped with titanium white they can tint. This is perfect for the pillow. NO added chemicals and its bright white.

Teaching grade White or Black Art Paint (Blickcrylic white) thinned with water and GAC 800 to consistency of house paint which is way thicker than normal paint pouring consistencies.


Both the tube paints and pigments need to be identical OR

  • They dry at different rates and your paint cracks
  • Thicker paint sinks into thinner Colors

Artists tend to thin the tube paint down further to match the viscosity of the pigments.

The thinner your color mix is the bigger the chance of cells and lacing falling as it is drying.

The heavier CA will sink into the thinner colors below.

You want to do the reverse:  Plump up the pigments 

Add a small pea size of heavy gel medium to the pigment colors not the tube paints.

1/2 blueberry worth mixed into the cup of pigment color

Cells and lacing will hold up better and all areas of your painting dry at the same rate.

Cell Activator or Catalyst: Australian Floetrol is the best

  • 1 part tube paint
  • 3 parts AU Floetrol
  • Make small Batches and use up. The surfactant in the Floetrol continues to break down the surface tension thinning the CA over a few days. It won’t be as thick as the day you first mixed it.

Currently, Amsterdam and Golden Tube paint are the most reliable mixing the cell activators.

Other paint brands are still being discovered.

  • A slight reaction of ring forming in puddles is normal
  • IF your cell activator sinks. The paint below is too thin.
  • A dab of gel medium added to the color will help fix that issue.

Question: How long does it take for my orders to ship?

Answer: Manufacturing hours of operation are Monday- Friday 7 AM- 4 PM

Packing your order: All of our products are hand-mixed- poured  and filled

Normal timeline t0 pack: your order   is 1-3 days to prepare your order for shipping

Normal shipping turnaround is 1-4 days to fill and  pack your order

Domestic Shipping  2-4 days for and USPS to arrive

USPS international normal shipping timeline – 6 -12 days

USPS is Overwhelmed Due to the COVID pandemic and many of the public self quarantined at home  USPS is overwhelmed –they shipping 3-5 times more than ever in the history of the Post Office, While doing their best to socially distance with fewer people to sort

Question: Hi Leslie,

I am new to acrylic pouring and am a little confused about how to mix your primary elements. I ordered a set of  Dragon Fly Wings and it came with, both Poly Pour and Vivid Enamel. Do I use both when mixing my colors? How are they different?

Answer: Hello Shar 

Primary Elements Arte Pigments is one part of a two-part paint system

Imagine taking a tube of acrylic paint and splitting it apart

Part One: is the color/ Primary Elements Arte Pigments – brilliant colors blended with shimmering mica and other minerals

Part Two: Is the Binder/ In the case of acrylic paint you would need a high polymer acrylic emulsion to bond to your surface and essentially you have custom mixed your own paint similar to tube paint

FYI -All colorants and pigments require some sort of binder to adhere to the surface.

You sets irnclude two  Vivid Enamel and Vivid Poly Pour

Vivid Enamel clear Heavy Body acrylic base high viscosity thicker than the average – Mix with Primary Elements to create a brush paint, for canvas painting- add a dash of Varathane varnish to the Enamel for the bloom technique. Fabulous used with brayer on mono printing painting on deli paper projects.

Vivid PolyPour ( recently improved thus the free bottle promotion)  Clear medium body acrylic base with a dash of Varathane so it will bloom if you use with a cell activator made or Floetrol ( preferably AU Floetrol ) and Tube paint ( preferred brands Amsterdam and Golden)  OR mix and use as a brush paint, use in acrylic swipe technique, Mix with Primary Elements -add a dash of water to the mixture and its ready to use in a Dutch pour

Primary Elements were NOT designed to add to a bottle of already premixed acrylic paint.  The opacity of the tube paint blocks the light and brilliant light refraction you achieve when mixed with a clear base.

For some applications you may want just a wee bit more color saturation , you can add a dab of tube paint about the size of an 1/8 of blueberry – OR in the case of using an already mixed up tube paint

Mix ¼ tsp PE (Primary Elements) to the PolyPour, then squeeze in a dash of your pre-mixed tube paint

To lighten a color- DO not use white paint

 We recommend using  Bling it Interference satin or sparkle micas

IT is a waste of materials to add the interference into an already mixed up paint –Instead

Mix ½ tsp Bling it Interference colors —- to 3 tsp of the Vivid Enamel or Poly Pour

Then add a few grains of the PE color you want to lighten

OR squeeze a dash ¼ tsp of your pre-mixed tube paint and you will make glorious shimmering pastel colors

Hope this helps—— leslie ohnstad

Hello Leslie,

I love the colors they are just amazing! I’m curious can these Galaxy Diamond pigments also be used in acrylic paints like your other mica Pigments? raquelbella70

Hello Raquelbella70

Rezin Arte ( for epoxy ) and Primary Elements Arte Pigments ( for acrylic) are BOTH Dry Paint system–Color, mica plus other minerals –NOT mica pigments

IF you drop them on your carpet they will stain — and to answer you NO Rezin Arte contains a solvent color that dissolves in Epoxy- Mix them in acrylic you will create gumballs — Primary Element  are water-soluble which is why they dissolver in Acrylic–

Hope this helps Leslie

Question From L Price: 6/17/20 


I have bought the primary elements, bright blooms pigment. Confused on the mixing of the pigments. Do you need a medium or when do you need a medium? If mixing with just resin, do you need to add anything besides the resin and the pigment to pour on a canvas or panel? Thank you!


Hello Miss Price

Both “Primary Elements” and “Rezin Arte” dry paint systems require a binder to properly adhere the paint to the surface

Rezin Arte– Solvent color -Dry Paint system – Translucent  shimmering color dissolves in resin/ epoxy- clean up alcohol

Try mixing some of the Rezin Arte powder in alcohol – create an alcohol ink effect ( needs a binder) alcohol inks have binders making your own you’re going to want to varnish

Primary Elements Dry Paint system Dissolve in water-soluble bases such as acrylic-
we offer
Vivid Enamel heavy body acrylic medium
PolyPour medium body acrylic with pouring medium added
To mix into resin: pre- dissolve 2 parts Primary Elements – 1 part Vivid Arte fluid mi into a slurry you can mix into resin
Bling IT is neutral – Pure mica can go in both