Painting without using blowtorch or heat gun

There have been discussions recently on facebook groups about possible breathing issues/poisonous fumes when using torch or heat gun. I don’t always torch, sometimes I want a “less busy” painting, to just enjoy clean lines of colour, but notice the cells still appear. I thought I’d do a video showing how you can get cells using floetrol even if you don’t torch. I used spray silicon, but have done works without silicon and still ended up with a few cells.
I’m using some new fluorescent paints, and as they are transparent I’ve picked a couple of opaque blues. Original plan was to use black, but I didn’t have enough premixed so I used white, then realised I didn’t have enough of that so used black too. From end result I used too much black/white not enough colour. I also didn’t mix enough paint and tilting to cover canvas lost me some of the cells.
I looked a couple of hours later hoping the fluorescent paints would have burst through but not as much as i hoped so i pulled through some paint on a lolly stick, the remnants in the cups, to add some vibrancy.

As a painting its a bit meh….the canvas was an old one and even though I checked level as normal it was a bit loose and paints pooled in centre losing some of the lovely shapes. It’ll probably be one for adding extras to once dry. As an experiment though to see how you can still get interesting effect and cells without torching it works.

A still taken from video, just out of cup. My paint looks a bit thick, they were new to me paints, and next time I’ll make them thinner. You can see how there are some great shapes and cells, but I didn’t mix enough paint, plus being a bit thick, and when i tilted, even though i was careful I lost lots of the cells.

About 2-3 hours after painting, I wasn’t happy so used leftovers in paint cups and dragged lines through with a mixing stick. This is the result next morning almost dry. If I hadn’t been doing an experiment I’d probably have mixed a bright colour and swiped it, paint was still wet so could be altered.
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Using poured acrylics as a background to a new painting.

Its so cold in my studio/shed that I’m not painting much, as left out there they crack before drying 😦 and there isn’t space indoors to have too many on the go. Plus the house is on the market so it needs to be kept ready for viewing at short notice….I still want to paint though, so what I’ve been doing is using some of my paintings that I’m not totally happy with as backgrounds, using paint markets and paints to draw and paint something over the top, leaving the original as background. I did the bubbles one first, wrote about that a few weeks back, but as ever I find it hard knowing when to stop and its been further embellished.

it doesn’t show well on pc, but there’s lots of metallic paint that shimmers on the bubbles.

Finally finished tinkering with the dragon pic, this one is 20 x 20 inches. The original was just too “busy” for me.

A request for a unicorn led to this next one. I thought the original a bit too bland, I wanted a dragon on it but the kids insisted it needed a unicorn….they won!

Another unicorn one, but a tiny lad this time…

This one has been tinkered with over and over til i’m finally happy with the flowers. Was a dark green/brown painting originally, too dark.

Fishes in this undersea one, I think I’ve tinkered more since I took photo a couple of days back….even when they’re varnished they’re not immune to the paintbrush landing on them! 

Humming birds on this one, its not finished, the flowers and birds are just done with markers, I’ll paint over for more intense colour.

There’s a couple more planned, one with a mermaid and one with a dragon, hopefully I’ll do them this week. I’ve also got one straight pour finished that I like! It is over two I didn’t like though 😉

Doesn’t show too well on pc, but the greens are metallic and have a lovely shimmer effect.

Painting over a failed canvas

I’d got a 16 x 20 deep edge canvas that I didn’t like, and was trying for some valentine paintings. sadly it was another fail so here I’m painting over it.
The first painting had texture medium added in parts, little beads, and the second one had glitter, but I’m just painting straight over it all. I haven’t gessoed as I’m using black, and that’s pretty good at covering. (well, it covers me very well….) If I’d used a lighter colour I probably would have given it a coat r two of gesso or under-paint.
I’m using a plastic insert from some xmas biscuits – like many artists everything gets looked at for possible use before being disposed of and I was hoping the paint would pour in ribbons from this – it did, I’m really pleased with it. I’ve two more, and they could probably take 2-3 goes each before they disintegrate, its quite flimsy plastic.
I picked colours at random, was in the mood for copper and blues. The leftovers got poured into more of the little bottles you can see me using towards the end ( after I did a further 6×6 in canvas) They are so useful, not expensive, found them on amazon and you can squeeze paint under layers with them or get some fine lines. I have 12, need another 12 though, its a great way of having ready mixed bits of paint to hand and saves waste.

Paintings overnight, semi dry.

The 6x6in done with leftovers, and some leftover paint from last week ( the pale pinkish colour)

updates on some “wet” paintings and the memo boards, and a couple of new works

Its been so cold my paintings are taking forever to dry. This one was done on Nov 15th, and is still tacky in the centre. Its not that big, 16 x 20 ins on deep edge canvas. I had the idea of Northern Lights, but result is a bit “in your face” with colour, not the subtle effect I was thinking. Less colour next time 😉
The art challenge using black and three blues has had first coat varnish
this one I love but really needs to be in good light to catch the glitter or it looks like just dark green/blue and black, it has lots of glitter and metallic paint

a couple that are finally dry and first coat varnish

Braved the cold yesterday to do a quick pour or three….a few memo boards for xmas pressies, and I wanted to play with some new pigments powders I bought, kind of colour shift where colour changes according to light hitting it – the colour shift paints are costly so I bought some pigment for car paints and mixed with my paint medium (floetrol and bindex) . I’m tempted to buy more and paint my wheelchair instead of the boring black it is, or the red of the scooter – though there’s not much left to paint on that after i keep pulling bits off that get broken when i – cough – hit the gates or fence….
I’m hoping this one dries like this, poured over the end of a coke bottle and minimal tilting. If i did it again I’d just fill in corners with colour and leave un-tilted. I pulled some parts with a skewer up and down to make shapes. I just used up colours from my memo boards I’d been making.

The memo boards, I’ve taped off top, then with give 2 coats blackboard paint when dry, and seal tops with decoart triple thick.

Norwich city colours…hmnn…wonder who’ll be getting that one 😉

Didn’t like this one, was a bit too “busy”  so I added some mountains, birds, a castle and a dragon….but will most likely tinker some more – i never know when to stop. Its 20 x 20 ins.

I keep tinkering with the bubbles, another painting I wasn’t happy with so played around. It might have worked better if I did this on one I liked as TBH all I can see is the background I wasn’t happy with. Maybe I’ll cover it in bubbles…..

I finished the first memo boards with decoart triple thick over the painted part, looks a bit like resin, not as nice but easier to do 🙂 you can see where the paint bled under the tape – I’ve gone over that now with blackboard paint.
the top one now sits in my kitchen, with some chalk pens, replacing my scraps of paper taped to fridge!

Art challenge, swipe using black and three blues.

Challenge from one of the facebook groups, a swipe using no white, just black and three blues.

 

 

First one was fine but as usual i had paint leftover so I used it for another painting but…didn’t really have enough paint, didn’t like the results after swiping a couple of times so did a quick mix of folkart extreme glitter paint – I love that stuff. then swiped from centre and left it to dry.

The dry but unvarnished works look like this, I might resin the one with the glitter paint, you can’t really see but it looks fabulous ( for bling addicts like me anyway!)
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can you see the sparkle more with the flash? Its a beautiful mainly iridescent green.

I’ve had another play with resin too, getting better….I used the artresin this time, a 1:1 mix. Easier to get right than the 1:50 cheaper stuff…
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Update, some dried paintings and a few new ones.

I’ve not written much recently – not painted a lot either. Two reasons, first the weather turning colder means paintings take longer to dry – up to a week as compared to 24-48 days in summer, which meant I ran out of room. The shed is 10 x 12 ft, there’s only so much moving round I can do, with paintings being varnished too…..When I move I want a nice big studio 😉 Second reason is I’ve been decorating indoors, well, helping anyway, hoping to make the house attractive to buyers. You know how it is, you get used to that shabby, tired look, don’t even notice it anymore, then think – will this put people off? So…..picture painting has aken a back seat.

Still, I’ve a few updates, dry pics of the hammer smash flowers and the ones that went with it, and a few new ones from last week and weekend. I really need to get into shed to paint today, feel quite twitchy not having done any for a few days.

using up some leftover fluorescent paints and metallics.

dried hammer smash flowers, not yet varnished.
dried MDF painting from leftovers. sorry about the glare on this and next one.
dried MDF hammer smash where I forgot to level drying area…..so ended up a tilt painting 😉

I have a long thin frame so took out the print, and used it to paint on, supported by the MDf backing. Dreid up AWFUL though, bland and boring. I’d done browns and gold to match new paint in dining room but this had to be a repour. Its always worth seeing fails too though.

no real contrast or drama….
still wet, but this is the failed one now. did an icing bag pour over white. fingers crossed its drying ok, not seen it for a few days…
Same colours as above but the blue seems to show through more, or maybe its just my bad photo skills…. I covered the support in white paint, layered colours in an icing bag, cut off tip and let it run over then titled a little. Another wet painting, will show dry later.
using leftovers, another fail, been re-poured but worth showing as we’re always talking about how many don’t work out in facebook groups 😉
platiung with leftover paints and bits of runoff scraped up. I tip all leftovers and scrapings into a pot each time and when there’s enough I add some ink, or more colour and pour. ~sometimes comes out well- i like this one, and have added some glitter….but often its a mess. I got lucky here and with the next ones as the colours separated quite well and gave some interest. There was only what silicon was in paint to begin, didn’t add extra but did add some black and white to cup.
Leftovers on card for this and the next one. did a few swipes with a pale blue and got these. might do for magnets or something. I just hate wasting paint ….

 

 

couple of 3×3 ins on canvas. Leftover colours and scrapings gone too grey I think but love how i still get some interesting lines.

 

What happens when you haven’t used enough paint in a flip cup pour, and dips from leftovers

I was using up leftover paint, and thought I’d got enough for this board,but hadn’t. Quickly did some more and poured round the edge.Then used leftovers to do some dips and swipes.
This one looked ok wet but dried up weird. 

I hate waste so collected all the run off from my last paintings and did some dips and swipes, adding more neat paint as necessary. Most dried a bit bleurgh but a couple have come out nicely. I used the resin coated card I bought from amazon.