Latest plays, some bright cells,

I’ve had a few disasters, downside of trying new things, some work, some don’t, so decided to stick with my tried and trusted mix, but see if I can get cells with more than one colour deliberately, I’ve had it happen accidentally, but wondered if I could influence the process.
Did a small one first, this is 4 x 4 inches 
Then I moved to a larger canvas, 6 x 18 ins I think. I’m pleased with this one but the second didn’t come right, and I swiped too many times, making the colours join and just become too orange, no contrast . One for painting over later 😉 There’s a video of this one at the end of this post. Sorry, you get a bit of me upside down at the end, didn’t switch tablet off properly….oops!  too much swiping blended the colours and lost any contrast. Here;s the fails, I tried swiping with pink, didn’t like the result but that could just be my colour choices. I swiped with matallic blue on one last week and liked that.

I’m still thinking over this one, whether to keep or repaint. Its not what I was after but I quite like the subtle effects and soft colours. Its another 6 x 18 in canvas

Video for the bright 6 x 18 painting.

Housepaint and less floetrol more water

the inspiration. From Morrisons not home grown though 😦

Edit: Sadly the paint WAS too thick and this cracked badly on drying. I’ve a couple of others still drying where I used the housepaint but much thinner and so far they look OK. I should have thought when the colours didn’t “run” into the white, creating shapes but kind of sat there. Still, learning curve. I have LOTS of those!!

I wanted to paint a sunflower so took one with me to play with in my shed. Dulux housepaint for white, plus a lemon and a cad yellow, a green i mixed to get shade i wanted – added more yellow and white for stem and a van dyke brown. Colours were R&L, and Shminke -oh and some gold mica, i’m all about the sparkle. I was experimenting with less floetrol and more water but forgot the alchohol so it was two different things, i like to only change one at a time. I used about 20% floetrol to paint then thinned with water. added a couple drops silicon (treadmill) to colours only. tiny dirty pour for the brown centre, then tipped round a dirty pour yellow mix, and blew petals with a straw, then pulled out some of the edges with a bamboo skewer to create shapes. poured green for leaves and did the same, then lightened it and poured stem, swiped bits and pulled bits for shape.

It worked really well, even though I forgot to add alcohol….of course was it a one off or can i do it again. well, I want to try roses, foxgloves, sunflowers before being certain of that! I love flower paintings, and am having fun with this.

so…more flowers tomorrow or more on the experiments list??

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Edit: this took a long while to dry, and yesterday I noticed lots of cracking. thats only happened to me before when i used PVA glue instead of floetrol. It may be that I need more floetrol, it may be that its housepaint instead of my usual artists white or – and I think this is the cause – it may be that the white was too thick, I do have issues with consistency and looking at vid and remembering it was quite thick, did’nt really flow well. I’ve got a couple of others drying that have the housepaint white and a floetrol ratio same as this, but where paint is thinner so when they dry that should tell me if I’m right and its that paint was too thick, or if its actually the lower floetrol. I might try two small ones, just pour the white as a thin and thick mix and see how they dry. I think that would show me a definite cause.

experimenting with housepaint instead of artists white

the painting is awful, but the purpose was to test the housepaint and I’m happy with its performance. Wondering now if I might try a few housepaint colours, test pots maybe? I wouldn’t use them for the more expensive works but these are around £20-40 so I think its fine. I think they’re the kind of paintings people want to go with decor more than falling in love with a subject and wanting to keep it years.
this is closer to what I want, the white looks yellowish but dries up bright white. still a bit too much colour for what I was aiming and I only used two ting pots dark blue, like a prussian, and alizarin red.

I saw Dulux matt white was on offer on Amazon – or maybe just a mistake and I got lucky – at £10 for five litres. Given the W&N or R&L artists white i usually use is around £10 -14 for 500 ml that would make a great saving, especially the way I go through paints….I figured if it didn’t work i’d have paint ready next time we need to decorate.

I wanted to see if it gave the same kind of results. TBH this pic Nathan (grandson no 3) and I did came out pretty horrible but the paint was fine, and this morning looks the same as any with artists white. Rather than keep opening a big tub though and risking it drying, plus getting dirt in I’m planning to pour some into a smaller tub. In fact I might use an old floetrol container and premix to the right consistency ready to paint. That would save time and be handy for those times when i find i’m a tiny bit too short of paint and do a rapid quick mix to finish!
Not happy with the first pic I tried again later last night and this one is much better. I can see the paint that isn’t yet dry has a yellow/cream tint but the dry areas don#t show it and the earlier one is fine so I think that’s just a quirk that won’t show in final pic.
I was originally aiming for negative image in the video but as usual things went wrong. I mixed up van dyke brown, orange, burnt sienna and some gold mica and the white of course but I’d too much colour and Nathan didn’t like the white area so we tilted, added, swiped and finally ran a sheet of acetate over the whole thing. That’s not on the video, did it after filming….NB: Both are pre-used and gessoed canvasses. I hate waste. The brown one with probably get reused again!

I am trying to cut down video size, but somehow seem to be failing so far….I’ll try harder, promise, til then there’s always FF button 😉

Today’s plan is sunflowers. I’ve some fab ones in the kitchen, and I wondered if I could paint them but in a kind of abstract way with this pouring/blowing method of paint manipulation. I like a challenge!

 

Edit: this took a long while to dry, and yesterday I noticed lots of cracking. that’s only happened to me before when i used PVA glue instead of floetrol. It may be that I need more floetrol, it may be that its housepaint instead of my usual artists white or – and I think this is the cause – it may be that the white was too thick, I do have issues with consistency and looking at vid and remembering it was quite thick, didn’t really flow well. I’ve got a couple of others drying that have the housepaint white and a floetrol ratio same as this, but where paint is thinner so when they dry that should tell me if I’m right and its that paint was too thick, or if its actually the lower floetrol. I might try two small ones, just pour the white as a thin and thick mix and see how they dry. I think that would show me a definite cause.
Edit 2: Tried thinner paint in case paint was too thick, tried adding PVA as some discussions suggest, but I still get cracking, though a different cracking with the PVA, kind of wider, more like a separation of paint than a crack. I’m going to use what I’ve premixed but think I’ll stick to artists white, and use the dulux as a gesso, or for the house walls!

my first art video!

I’ve been playing with trying to video as I’m painting, and uploading to youtube as wordpress free site doesn’t support direct uploads.

This is a quick one showing what happened with a resin coat on an artwork I really like. I thought the resin would really enhance it but its full of tiny holes. Air bubbles I guess. Its a love hate thing, I love the look of resin finish, but hate the way its so easy to mess up. The cure time for this is only a few mins so I had to work quickly. I’ve had best results with pebeo, but that stuff costs so I’m trying a cheaper marine resin, which is a 1 part hardener to 50 parts resin so accuracy is essential. I’ve been weighing it though and now wonder if its a by volume percentage so need to read again to check. that might account for the ripples I have in the finish of the small ones, and two a did a couple of weeks back, compared to the lovely smooth glass like pebeo. My gran always said “cheap always comes dear in the end” and TBH I’m wondering if I just need to save resin for the favourites and suck up the extra cost.
I’ve also been experimenting with argon oil, hair conditioner and handcream in my quest for Big cells. I did go back to my original silicon too as got some good cells with that but I’d forgotten how it affected the paint, making surface uneven and leaving holes in pics every now and then which is why I stopped. I’ll show pics of those when dry. Suffice to say none were a great sucess, so I’m about to order dimethicone…….
I also had a good day gessoing lots of old canvases, pics I don’t like any more so I’ve a lovely batch ready for painting. Did a couple of big MDF bits I had lying round too.

a few more experiments, and reusing old canvas

Been busy last few days but still squeezed in a few experiments. I didn’t like the last two I showed here so over-painted them, and still don’t like one of them, so that’s in the pile to repaint!

This one looked great on pouring, but I didn’t make enough paint….so on tilting it ended like this ;-( Sometimes I gesso over old works, or paint a coat of one colour but my original thinking here was that I could maybe just cover the bit I didn’t like and keep the edges that I did. soon as I poured though I could see that wouldn’t work.


I tried playing with white negative space – I’d aimed at that before unsuccessfully so time to retry. I only used white plus 3 reds, and a red mica paint. But didn’t like it so it became the second one shown here

I’d actually used the same colours as on this long one but the centre of the red one was still a little wet, though I hadn’t realised so some of the painting has a pink tinge to the white. I don’t mind, quite like it.

I really like this one and may…or not, brave the resin for it! Next play was negative space again, and three blues, plus a mica mix. More successful but I still want more white,. more subtlety. I tilted too much once more…

I used leftover and run-off onto some paper but TBH I’m not happy, its just a murky blue mess to me..

I love the pour on this next one but again lost it on tilting 😦 

I thought maybe it was my tilting, so made LOADS of paint and let it find its own way to edge, but I still ended losing that first lovely part, and had a tray full of mixed leftover paint. Maybe its s thickness thing? Its not because painting isn’t level. having lost a few now to that i work really hard at that before paint touches canvas, and check how it drips after before leaving it.
Then I saw a vid where anne-marie ridderhof ( I love her and danny clark vids) used 1 part paint to 4 parts floetrol, no water, no alchohol. as my paints are heavy body and she used fluids I thinned mine down first with water – big mistake! Looked ok on pour, though very pale, but floetrol is cloudy then dries transparent so hoped that was it. Nope, I just got a watery thin mess. Horrible isn’t it.?? Its over an old one, blue based and you can see the blue through the white edges. Next time I’ll try with paints as they are! The yellow is lumpy too – I mix and mix but that yellow, and the white seem to contain or go lumpy, and i miss it. I got my little battery milk frother out yesterday for mixing. well, I never use it for milk! more and more “house” stuff ends in art shed, I’m sure we all do it!

I’m still thinking of resin and whether to use it. I did it on two 8 x 10 inch ones, and love it but there are ripples in the surface. This was the slightly cheaper marine resin, rather than pebeo. Its a 1:50 ratio so as it took days to cure, with surface staying slightly tacky, you know, where you can see fingerprints even though it seems dry, so maybe i didn’t quite get that right. Its harder with that small amount of hardener to be precise, whereas the pebeo was either 1:1 or 1:2 – can’t remember but easier and i like the finish better. Did the pebeo on 3 3×3 canvasses to trial. On those I’ve a couple of little dints even after two coats so I’d seen a varnish that it supposed to help with ripples and dents on resin finishes, so bought that and tried yesterday. It evened the ripples a little but I think the sine is a bit less, and on the small one it helped with the dint/dent but again reduced the glossy shine. I don’t know if maybe once its thoroughly dry it would come back if it was polished with a little wax or something? I also want to try it over a conventional varnish, see how that looks…
The one on the left is the one with the aerosol extra coating. It looks a bit smoother but the colours don’t seem as bright and the gloss is less.

I’m hoping to create a links page with all the materials I’ve used soon. Just need to find time to work out how to do it 😉 Then if anyone wants to use what I’ve tried you’ll know where to find it. I know I’ve found lots of my experiments from other people’s pages and links are always helpful, but I’m not greatly tech minded so it takes time for me to work out how to do the wordpress page stuff, without it just being a jumbled mess.