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