Sounds a tad creepy doesn’t it? It’s really just a term used to describe what happens to acrylic paint when it’s mixed with Pouring Medium. Once dry, the paint becomes flexible and is referred to as an acrylic skin. And since I have LOTS of Pouring Medium left from pumpkin decorating, I thought this would be a great opportunity to make some Halloween inspired designs. They can easily be turned into pins, magnets, or anything else that inspires you.
- acrylic paint in black, white, orange
- Liquitex Pouring Medium
- paper cups
- paint brushes
- wooden skewer
- plastic sheet
- white plasticine (optional)
1. In order to make these Halloween skins, we’re going to be adding Liquitex Pouring Medium to acrylic paint. This will allow it to pour easily, and enable it to dry to a flexible, glossy finish. We’ll be using black, white, and orange colours, in keeping with a Halloween theme. To prepare the paint, add a small amount of each colour to a paper cup or bowl. The paper cup will allow for easy pouring by creating a spout. Add the pouring medium and mix well with a paint brush. Mix gently to avoid creating bubbles. You only need a small amount of paint (approximately 20%) to pouring medium (approximately 80%). Do this for each colour you will be using.
2. For some of the skins, I experimented using plasticine to create a shape/mold to contain the paint when poured (see photo below). Containing the paint is necessary when you want control the shape (e.g. pumpkin or skull), or create a thicker skin. However, the plasticine wasn’t so easy to take off the edges. In the end, I preferred the results where it wasn’t used, but it’s definitely worth experimenting with other materials for this purpose.
Pour the paint in small amounts onto plastic sheets. These sheets will make it easy to peel the skins off once they are dry. Colours can be combined in different ways, and an endless variety of patterns can be made. Moving a wooden skewer through the paint can create some really beautiful patterns and marble effects.
3. Allow skins to dry for at least 24 hours, preferably in a warm environment. You can check if they’re dry by peeling off the edge, and if you find the paint is still wet underneath, give it another day.
4. If you choose to turn them into magnets or pins, stay away from the glue gun! The heat from the melted glue begins to melt the skins…so I found out. Any kind of strong glue should work fine, as long as it isn’t hot.