Review: PEBEO Paint, Pouring Medium and Silicone Oil

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The French brand PEBEO offers a wide range of studio acrylic paints. Pebeo also offers a pouring medium and a silicone oil. All products were made available to me for a large product test. In a comparison with other pouring mediums I tested all Pebeo products. The main focus of the test was on the Pebeo pouring medium.




About the Brand Pebeo

The brand “La Pebeo” was founded in France in 1919. In 1934 “La Pebeo” made the leap into the age of finished colours and in the 70s “La Pebeo” became “Pebeo” and the brand developed the first acrylic paint “Made in France”. For three generations, Pebeo has been dedicated to colours and their aids. These include acrylic paints, oil paints, watercolours, gouache paints, natural soaps, painting cloths, canvases and painting cardboards, brushes and painting knives and easels.



Products I Tested


Pebeo Studio Acrylics Pouring Medium

The Pebeo Pouring Medium was made available to me in 500 ml plastic bottles. The pouring medium is offered in 250 ml / 500 ml and 1000 ml bottles. It has a safety cap, which must be removed before the first use. The consistency reminds of liquid honey and has a milky colour. The smell is very pleasant. The pouring test shows that the medium flows homogeneously to the last drop without dripping, which I very much welcome.

PEBEO Studio Acrylics Pouring Medium, 500ml
  • Transparent, glossy and non yellowing
  • Optimal in combination with studio acrylics and mat pub colours
  • Can be used alone as a brush applied gloss varnish
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Pebeo Studio Acrylics High Viscosity Acrylic Paints

The colours are offered in 100 ml / 250 ml tubes and 500 ml bottles. Studio Acrylics High Viscosity in 100 ml tubes are available in 62 colors, including 4 metallic colors, 7 dynamic colors and 3 neon colors. The consistency of the colours is rather thick and creamy, so that they are also suitable for plastic work. On the ink tubes are the exact markings on chemical properties, light fastness and their respective opacity, which I find very important.

PEBEO Studio Acrylics High Viscosity, Acrylic Paint, 250 ml
  • Richly pigmented, matt satin finish and very good light resistance
  • Available in 62 different colours
  • Pastose consistency, available in transparent and opaque
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PEBEO Studio Acrylics High Viscosity, Set of 30 Assorted 20 ml Tubes
  • Contains 30 different colours
  • Thick consistency particularly suited to work in dimension
  • Environmentally friendly composition, without heavy metals
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Pebeo Silicone Oil

Pebeo silicone oil is offered in a 45 ml plastic bottle. In the screw cap there is a pipette which allows the exact dosing of the silicone oil drop by drop. The silicone oil is priced at $ 3.99 / 45 ml.

  • Pebeo Silcone Oil, 45 ml



About the Test Series

In this product test I have the task to compare the Pebeo Paint with the Pebeo Pouring Medium and with two of the most common pouring mediums. I chose the Liquitex Professional Pouring Medium, which is one of the most frequently used products, and Floetrol from Owatrol. Floetrol is not a professional pouring medium, but it is a very popular alternative pouring medium. I also tested the Pebeo Pouring Medium with acrylic paints from another brand. Here I decided for the Amsterdam Acrylic colours. In all the tests I used Pebeo silicone oil as an additive.

For the tests I chose the following colours: 11 titanium white opaque, 48 primary yellow opaque, 55 azo pink transparent, 21 oriental violet transparent, 43 cadmium green opaque and 30 turquoise blue opaque.

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Testing Process

I chose the FlipCup technique for these 4 tests. In order to get an honest comparison, I weighed all colours and the different pouring mediums exactly the same.

I mixed the Pebeo Studio Acrylics colours and the Amsterdam Acrylics in a ratio of 1 to 1 with the respective Pouring Medium. I stirred all colours carefully to minimize the formation of bubbles. Then, depending on the consistency of the mixture, I added some water until I reached the right flow characteristics (like liquid honey). The addition of water was very different with these three Pouring Mediums, but more to it in the test process.

While I prepared my XL canvases with the dimensions 30 x 30 x 4,5 cm (mask backside, pinboard needles as spacers) all mixtures rested at room temperature for the same time. I prefer these XL screens because I like to include the extra deep frame in the painting. In the upcoming tests we will see the difference in the quality of the frame.



Test 1:  Pebeo Pouring Medium / Pebeo Acrylics / Pebeo Silicone Oil

When I mixed the Pebeo Acrylic Paints with the Pebeo Pouring Medium, I immediately noticed how quickly the pebeo paint and medium mixed. The colours remained the same and a beautiful, homogeneous mixture with creamy consistency and pleasant scent was immediately created. I only needed a few drops of water to get the right flow consistency (like warm liquid honey). This of course also shortened the duration of the stirring which is only to the advantage of the colour quality (less bubble formation).

In each color (except in white) I added 2 drops of Pebeo silicone oil and stirred only once or twice briefly. Then I layered (in all 4 tests exactly the same) the color mixtures in a cup on top of each other. Then I put the color cup vertically on the canvas and waited a few seconds until the colors settled. Afterwards I lifted the cup with a swing over the canvas. A short torch let immediately still more cells develop. I moved my canvas back and forth and was amazed at the extraordinary cells and shades that were created. The resulting cells remained dimensionally stable and became larger while I moved the canvas back and forth. A lot of different cells were created. Starting from small multicolored cells up to large chains or “caterpillar cells”.

The painting has received an almost 3-dimensional depth, which I find very beautiful. During the relatively fast drying all cells stayed perfectly in shape and here and there more cells were added. The edges of the cells remained sharp and the colours bright. What struck me particularly positively was that the high sides of the canvas were beautifully covered with cells and color gradients (no flow away of the colors and cells). So the painting is especially nice to look at from the side. In dry condition the painting is glossy with bright colors and sharply defined cells. The surface is NOT sticky, which is for me a quality feature of the pouring medium. Since the glossy surface does not stick, the painting theoretically should not be painted at all.

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The painting in dry condition (right) has clearly gained in depth and intensity. But the pink has got a muddy tone and there is not much to see of the violet. But this is also due to the fact that these two colours are transparent and therefore optically more mixed with the other colours. The many different cells and interesting cell chains are conspicuous in this pouring.



Test 2:  Liquitex Pouringmedium / Pebeo Acrylics / Pebeo Silicone Oil

The first thing I noticed while mixing the colours with the Liquitex Pouring Medium was the chemical smell of the medium, which I personally find somewhat unpleasant. At first the mixture is more viscous and sticky and the combination of medium and colour takes slightly longer than in the first test. With this mixture a little more water was necessary until I got the right consistency. Then I added 2 drops of Pebeo silicone oil in all colours except white. I continued the test exactly as in the 1st test.

When I lifted the color cup again with a swing over the canvas, many small cells developed immediately. After torching small and somewhat larger cells ploped up everywhere. Many small, multicolored cells and sharply delimited, large cells were created. When I moved the canvas back and forth, all cells remained stable and in some places even became larger. Also the thick side edges of the canvas were very beautifully covered by color and cells (no flow away of the colors and cells!), which in my opinion suggests a very good compatibility between color and medium.

The painting dried a bit slower than in the first test, but also very shiny with rich colors and sharply defined cells. These remained stable even after drying, as did the edges of the canvas. The dry surface does not stick in any way and a finish would not be absolutely necessary.

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During the second test run, an incredible number of sharply defined cells were created. The colors are a bit dirty especially in the pink and violet areas. The dry painting (right) has gained in depth compared to the still wet painting (left).



Test 3:  Owatrol Floetrol / Pebeo Acrylics / Pebeo Silicone Oil

In my third test with the alternative Pouring Medium Floetrol I mixed the Pebeo Paint exactly the same as in my 1st and 2nd test. At the beginning the mixture was tough and sticky. It also dripped lumpy from the stirrer, so I needed even more water to get the right consistency. I also added 2 drops of Pebeo silicone oil.

As with my previous tests, I put the fully layered paint cup on the XL canvas and again waited a few seconds for the paints to settle. With a swing I lifted the cup and let the colors tile on the canvas. Because I needed more water, the total amount of the mixture was of course a little higher. Cells were created before the gate with the Bunsen burner. Shortly after torching very much cells in different sizes ploped out. When swiveling the screen, the cells remained quite stable and became larger as well. During this test I noticed that the boundaries of the cells are not so sharp and clear. There were also fewer multicolored cells. And although I touched the color mixtures with all 3 tests equally carefully and let rest just as long, in this result relatively many small dots developed, which come from air bubbles. The side edges of the XL screen had relatively many unsightly silicone holes. The paint also did not adhere so well to the edges.

The painting dried relatively slowly with a matt finish. The cells near the edges flowed away easily and lost their shape, which I find very unfortunate. Also the colors are not so rich after drying, which is probably also due to the matt surface. Here a finish of the painting with gloss varnish would be absolutely appropriate.

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During the drying process the cells unfortunately ran off the canvas and the shape changed in places. The cells are also relatively washed-out and not clearly defined. Both in the wet painting (left) and in the dry one (right) the many small dots and air bubbles are noticeable. The painting also gained depth during the drying process, analogous to the two previous tests, because the transparent pink and violet provided contrast.



Test 4:  Pebeo Pouring Medium / Amsterdam Acrylic / Pebeo Silicone Oil

Exactly the same as in my 3 previous tests, I mix the Pebeo Pouring Medium 1 : 1 with the Amsterdam acrylic colours. Since these colors are also rather pasty they fit very well to the more liquid Pebeo Pouring Medium. These two components can be mixed quickly and well. I used a little water until I reached the right consistency. The colour blends remained as radiant as without pouring medium. After adding the Pebeo silicone oil I proceeded step by step like with the other tests.

When I lifted the cup, smaller and larger cells were created. Many multicolored cells ploped up through the torching. When I started to swivel the screen, many different cells continued to develop. As with my first test, chains / worm cells unfolded, which I find particularly beautiful. The cells became bigger, many became multicolored and all had sharp demarcations. The cells, which ran down over the frame remained stable in the form, which embellishes the side view of the wedge frame. What I again notice in this test with the Pebeo pouring medium is that the painting develops a depth. It is a very nice mixture of many cells.

The painting dries relatively fast. It has a shiny, but not sticky finish with bright colors and sharply defined cells. These have remained stable during the drying phase.

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Very conspicuous in the pouring of test 4 are the extremely bright colors. It has to be mentioned, however, that no transparent colours were used here, only opaque ones. This is clearly reflected in the final result – pink and violet also have a great saturation. The cells are extremely sharply delineated, which is due to the fact that Pebeo’s Pouring Medium also seems to harmonize very well with the Amsterdam colours.



Video Review of our Tests with PEBEO Products

We have recorded all test runs of the Pebeo Review for you in a Youtube video:



My Conclusion about the tested Pebeo Products


Pebeo Studio Acrylics Pouring Medium

I can totally recommend the Pebeo Pouring Medium. Who has desire on unusual cells does not come at this Pouring medium past. It is really perfect. With this medium you get different sized cells, multicolored cells, “chain-” and “caterpillar-cells” and a nice negative space with less cells, which makes the painting even more interesting. With this medium there are no nasty surprises after drying, as the cells and colors remain stable. Also the shiny finish makes every pourer happy. Since the pouring medium is very homogeneous in its consistency, it doesn’t have to be shaken very well before mixing the colours. Due to its more liquid form it adapts perfectly to other acrylic colours. With this medium beginners and advanced will achieve great results. I really enjoyed working with the Pebeo pouring medium.


Pebeo Studio Acrylics High Viscosity Acrylic Paints

The Pebeo Studio Acrylics High Viscosity adapt perfectly to the three pouring mediums I tested. There was no clumping. When mixing with the different mediums, the brilliance of the colours remains unrestricted. Even after drying, these colors don’t lose their intensity, quite the opposite. The wide range of colours leaves nothing to be desired. I also welcome the precise information on chemical composition, light fastness and opacity on the tubes. I think that the mixing ratio could also be changed to 2 : 1 (pouring medium : colour), because these colours are very intense and have a high pigmentation. Most of the colours are available both opaque and transparent. I find the price-performance ratio very good, because the Pebeo Paints have a high quality.


Pebeo Silicone Oil

With this silicone oil beautiful and different, also relatively large cells can be created. It can be easily and precisely dosed. The oil is therefore highly recommended as an additive for acrylic pouring.


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Evelyn Weissenhorn

Evelyn lives with her husband, daughter and two horses in Bad Saulgau near Lake Constance in Germany. Colours and painting have interested Evelyn all her life. But for a long time she was not sure which style she liked best. After she did not become so happy with oil and water colors at all, she bought acrylic colors a year ago and experimented with it. From then on Evelyn has finally found what she has always been looking for: a painting tool with which you can try out different techniques and which will certainly never be boring. Acrylic Pouring is for Evelyn beside riding and sport a great balance to her independence in her own gym.


All tested products were made available to us by PEBEO. Thank you so much for this. However, this does not influence our opinion about the supplies. Although we carried out the tests as objectively as possible, this is still our personal opinion.

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