pouring over old painting, with a limited palette

I wanted to do a ring style pour in limited colours., black, white and two blues. As usual it didn’t come out quite as I wanted, but I’m always happy to go with the flow, so to speak and I’m reasonably happy with the final result. I might add something once its dry, might just let it sit for a bit til I decide if its done. I used to find it hard to stop when paint was wet, now i find it hard not to keep adding stuff when its dry…. #whenisaworkdone

painting now dry, hasn’t changed too much 😉
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Pour over backing board, second attempt, using alcohol for extra cells

 

I’ve several big perspex fronted silver metal frames so i thought i could use the backing board for a substrate and then place in frame. First attempt went wrong, very wrong. Looked fine when wet but the paint absorbed quickly into the wood surface and the final effect was very very dull and dark. Varnish will bring back shine but if a work is dark it’ll stay dark. I should have given board a coat of gesso first, that would have stopped paint being absorbed,m and the white would have reflected back colour. But I was lazy and wasted paint was the price!
Second attempt I’m much happier, the first failed work stopped the paint from being absorbed and I used white this time and lighter colours. size is around 24 by 16 inches

this was when still wet, when dry the colours were awful…but i can’t seem to find a picture of it….
second attempt, and I’m much happier with it. this is the dry painting, gloss will come back with a coat of varnish.

When I flicked the alcohol over to create cells i also got a few of these little dendrites. ( in the white circles). It seems the alcohol pushes the paint outwards and sometimes it forms these fern like structures.  I’ve done it with ink on white paint, dropping alcohol into the centre of the ink and its amazing seeing the shapes form.  Love that effect.
Alcohol is great for creating cells but they are much more fragile i find than ones created via silicon and they break up easily.

I had some paint left so did a quick flip cup and i love this.

 

a 30 x 30 inch canvas, largest pour yet

 

This is my largest painting so far at 30 x 30 inches. I made sure the wooden bits for tightening canvas were secure but paint still slide over to the middle 😦  Next time I’ll use stiff card underneath to support, and maybe less paint.
I love doing big works but aside from expensive to do by way of canvas and paint/medium needed costing ££’s, its also space consuming. They take longer to dry and use up so much space that I can’t do more painting for several days until they’re dry enough to move out of the way to finish curing.

I picked colours at random, mixed as usual and layered into jug, then poured a la ring pour style. There was so much paint and the canvas was so heavy though that I tilted too much, trying to balance on one corner, and I lost my rings. Next time I’ll use less paint – sod’s law i usually have reverse issue – and get some help to tilt slowly.
It was fun though, I learned a lot from it. This has had one coat minwax varnish and is hanging in my bedroom. I’m not totally happy with it though, so may add something by way of brush painting a feature on it. I’m just not sure what yet. sometimes after living with a work for a while inspiration suddenly strikes, but for this one I’m still waiting!
I’ve given a couple of close ups showing some details below, the gold looks far better in reality than on pc screen. Its always difficult to show metallic paint onscreen I find.

a few more paintings, some work, some don’t!

I’ve been experimenting a lot lately, some successes, some scrape offs…well, TBH lots of those. that happens though when trying new stuff, and I’m someone who always likes to try the “what if I” route. I should have photo’s more of the non successes but usually i’m so annoyed I forget 😉
Anyway, here’s what I’ve been doing last few weeks.

This is an old one that’s a bit dull so I painted some bubbles on it.

 

 

playing with golds and glitter

Same colours as previous ones but must have used more white.
This was one that got swiped as it wasn’t going well, then dipped in run off and swiped again. I tried to make it more floral and it wasn’t ok as it was but its still one to put down to experience!
trying for a sliced rock effect ( too early in morning, proper name eludes me) Its had about four attempts now, and is as good its its going to get. Its got bit of crystals and slivers of glass added, plus mica paints and glitter. I should have made it more offside, perhaps a partial circle and the boat not so central. Still, its all learning what not to do next time. Its a 16×20 inch one.
this and the next were string pours, first attempt. I added the stamens while wet, should have waited til dry. these will be repoured but I learned again from them. Did one at the wekend with granddaughter Alesha and her’s was much better. After experimenting we found that embroidery thread worked better that the string and twines I’d been using.

had a nice sparkly green metallic on the black but was so dark. I like the fish but the weeds and flowers made it a fail. I like to play with ones i’m not happy with, sometimes it works and others it doesn’t!
the next four were all same colours, sadly this 20×20 in had too much white and when i’d gessoed over a previous work i’d left lines. I’ve put plaster over it now to create a texture base for a repour.
wasn’t happy so I pulled a hair pick comb through then tilted.
pulled the comb through just part of this and left the top which I liked as it was.
didn’t touch this one, came out just as i hoped, (rare that!) but shame its only 8 x 8 inches. why does that never happen on big canvasses???
This started as a ring pour, went pear shaped….as mine usually do but had some great sparks of colour which i pulled into stars. Sort of 😉
Alesha’s string pull wet.
when dry the pink has gone really dull, i’ve added a bit more over it but maybe as a transparent colour we needed to add some white to get it to show on the black. didn’t think at the time.
Alesha’s other painting, gold glitter on this one mixed with meduim to make a paint and some pink/blue glitter sprinkled on after. She did a dirty flip cup pour but we didn’t have enough paint and tilting lost the cells. she’s happy though and thats what counts.
another ring pour, the brown and blue gave me green which i didn’t expect…the blue is a very transparent greeny blue with white added, and i love the colour. Also used dark brown, a kind or sienna colour, some gold glitter mixed with medium and white.

This uses same colours as previous but looked sort of boring, then i swiped, swiped again, got a green mess, tried flipping over with a palette knife and made it worse. I let it cover canvas, mixed up more blue and white layers in a cup, added silicon plus sprayed over canvas with aerosol silicon and poured over. Torched and tilted and I like it now.

My string pull, I had a bit too much paint. I’d done a dirty pour but it looked bland so i tried string pulls over. So much paint though that the white wouldn’t flow over as i wanted. Tinkered with blue edges and – well, one to put down to experience. I learned string pulls work best with flexible string or thread and not too much paint on canvas!

These two both got scrapped for repour. first one was just a bit meh, dull, no real focus and the second- well, I love the pink and yellow where it touches the purple but the centre annoyed me. I tried pouring over the centre but it wasn’t a success.

updates

its been a while, i keep having to pack paints away for house viewing so I’m mostly working on adding to pours, not too messy stuff. I did do a pour over a small table that’s come out well, i have a video of that and will upload once i get the resin finish right 😉
I had a hankering to try pouring roses, and they came out well but i must have knocked the supports because despite my levelling as usual they ran. Son no 2 said they reminded him of The Scream, so here’s the Scream, Scream,Scream 😉 Painted over that now though, would give me nightmares but was a bit of fun. The house sale had just fallen through at last moment so was a good way to get out my frustrations!

this one is now varnished and hanging up, matches my dining room perfectly though that was unintentional. a kind of tree ring/tilting pour.

This one became the three horse heads, I liked the centre but not the outside so poured over that keeping the horse head shapes

some resin finish, some liquitex varnish finish, reworking a fail and a long drip pour.

Last couple of weeks I’ve sneaked some painting in, between house views and tidying for views. most of the stuff I brought in from shed/studio as its too cold to paint there has been hidden away in a big cupboard. I keep sneaking bits out to quick paint though…yesterday I had a finishing day on some that were now ready and cured. I did resin on three, I’m improving, one came out perfectly but other two will need second coat because of holes. I washed all three thoroughly first with fairy, the one that’s perfect had no silicone, but the others only had a little, and the northern lights inspired one has a coat of polycrylic varnish over which i thought would have stopped any holes…Ah well, a second coat tomorrow maybe. I do love resin finish and even though these aren’t perfect I keep sneaking back for a second look. I taped the edges and base with masking tape before pouring resin, then pulled it off about four hours later in case it stuck on and i couldn’t remove it 😉 and the edges were the best I’ve done so far so will do that again. The other four had Liquitex varnish, I do like the rich shine that gives but its prob spirit based as it smells strongly and the brush is a b!tch to clean after….
The three resin pics, first one is perfect but the other two….

see the holes? I wonder if maybe i didn’t have enough resin on, if more would have worked? Or if its just a silicon residue?

Worked more on the owl too, he * might * be finished…who knows?

 

I’ve some I want to add more too once dry, this one started as flowers, was a fail so got swiped. The added more black and white and swiped again, a few times in fact til I got this. Its going to be some kind of rain scene, maybe trees or rocks.

this one was not quite right in centre, and I came back about an hour of so after pouring and it annoyed me so I swiped down centre with a spatula. as it had begun to dry it didn’t go how i wanted but did look like a waterfall. well waterfall- ish 😉 So when it was dry i poured either side to create rocks, added a little pure colour on edges, and did some swiping to create flat areas. I’m a bit stuck now so I need to keep looking and have a think. I don’t really want to add in green for grass, maybe just some silhouette grasses and a coupe of branches? Dunno yet…

I’m stuck on this, it looks a bit like a big wave but I really don’t know what to do with it now…It’ll come.

long drip pour, i made a hole on pot then hung it over canvas and let it drip, did a little tilting to manipulate paint to where i wanted it but not much.

This is just 3x3inches. I was trying to create a geode effect. I like it, but seem to be in a minority!

 

 

 

 

 

These have the liquitex varnish, shines more than my usual polycrylic gloss but the smell…as i was using resin I decided I’d do all the pongy stuff at once.

 

see how shiny it is. though not sure I like this pic, i was playing with colour and lines and might have overdone it!

repairing a stretched canvas, correcting wonky lines, painting an owl over a pour.

Painting is still going slow, with house viewings my stuff keeps getting hidden away in cupboard and I can’t leave wet paintings out. Well, just this one, started as a pour and I wanted to do an owl kind of hiding in the pattern…but it went wrong and the owl took over. Not finished yet but here’s how it evolved.

   the original pour
you can see the shape pulled out of wet paint
blanked the eye shape in and worked on feathers
changed the shape a bit, he was too upright, added a bit more colour
didn’t like the colour added and lost so much of the original pour I mixed up more “barn owl” colours and pours over feathers
still working on those eyes, i’ve been over them so many times, trying to get that trnasparency/wet look eyes have….I pulled out some feather shapes too as the paint was drying. Can’t do more now as there so much wet paint there….I want to get the eyes right – well, better anyway- and work a bit on the white. Its not at all how I intended but that’s nothing usual for me when painting 😉