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!


Testing pva for waterfastness as a Resin type finish.

I’ve been looking for a resin type finish, tried Liquitex Pouring Medium, which looks good – not as good as resin but close. Its easier to use but works out expensive so I’ve tried PVA this time.

the LPM was fine with water and has dried with no marks.

the PVA, a fail, surface is tacky and absorbed water even when cold water used. that’s not camera/light glare, it’s where the pva has absorbed water and gone cloudy…

It looks fine at first glance, if I’d been a bit more careful in application it would be better, but what I really wanted to test was how it reacts with water once dry.
Resin and the Liquitex PM were both fine, even with boiling water, but this…well. Fail.
Even with cold water it softened and marked and as for boiling water, it went tacky and lifted really quickly.
I’m convinced there’s no place for it as a final coat, maybe with a varnish over it might be ok? I’m not going to use it that way but might be worth trying.

What did occur though is the thought – what about those who use it as a pouring medium? Is there any likelihood it will lift/soften in the same way? I’m guessing if work is varnished it won’t be a problem but its something to be aware of it you don’t/haven’t varnished.
Of course you’re not going to be pouring boiling water over your work as I did here for the experiment but we do hang art in kitchens and bathrooms, both of which can get quite steamy and moist air. Something to be aware of maybe. I can’t test that, I haven’t any successful ones I’ve used glue in, that’s why I gave up with using it as a medium, but perhaps someone that uses glue/PVA can confirm if they’re ok in rooms like this or not? .

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!)

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…



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.



Chasing Rainbows…and other things.

yesterday I had a peek at Wednesday’s  painting and it was drying well, and then I used leftover colours to do another to match. It poured out really well, but of course something always goes wrong, this time I think maybe I’d made paints tiny bit too thin and it ran and spread losing that lovely shape. I did some tilting and pulling through. I like the end result but love love that just poured one. someday I’ll get the paint to stay like that 😉
Wed painting above, from start to final, I haven’t got dry pics yet. They’re taking a while with all the damp we’ve had. You can see green, I didn ‘t add green but guess that’s from the sienna or the orange and the turquoise blue.  I used a pale cream instead of white for outer, then orange, burnt sienna, van dyke brown, a pale apricot, turquoise and the frosted blue mica. 
Sadly this changed alot, maybe paint a bit too thin? It ran and when i tilted it ended like this. I had fiddled a bit *blush * as I wasn’t happy with parts so I’m kind of undecided about it. see how it dries, can always add more 😉
Here’s my rainbows, not sure if I added them yet? I started with the bottom one to try out, but didn’t like the effect when swiping over the whole, so I swiped each colour individually on the larger one. For some reason when the small one dried the paint had cracked, don’t know why, didn’t do anything different.

Then I tried one without black, again swiping each colour one by one. This
is on an old canvas-board painting I no longer like 😉 No waste here. And on that theme the remnants from each cup plus collected run off made up the two 3 x 3 inch canvasses. Actually I really like them. Of course they all dull when dry so I’ve been trying different varnishes.
Nathan managed to find a wet bit in my non-black rainbow one yesterday, lovely fingermark in the blue…..”err, nan….” he said sheepishly. Bit of alchohol and water and smearing with tip of finger and its barely noticeable.
As always the colours dull as they dry and I’ve been playing with different varnish to see what looks best, which brings out that rich colour again. Still think resin is the king, but price and difficulty is stopping it being my default varnish. I did try a cheaper one than the pebeo i used first time but that doesn’t seem quite as good, however it could be that perhaps I didn’t get the % right, its 2% hardener to resin, whereas the pebeo is 50% and that’s much easier. With tiny amounts its a big thing is you get a tiny little too much or too little hardener, and as the finish I have is not quite that glassy hardness maybe i got a bit too little. I’ve seen a spray that may fix that so that’s on the way too, sadly its very expensive though ;-( as its shipped from US. I don’t know enough about it yet to see if there’s a comparable one in UK. 

revamping an unloved painting, and playing with densities.

So the one I didn’t like on Sunday got a revamp yesterday…I’m still not totally sure about it but had fun. I was aiming for a kind of floral look, like tall foxgloves. Again just dropping paint and letting it blend, and pulling through to create some shapes and help that. 

Then I played with paint densities, looking up closest to what I had and just letting paint tip and flow very little, no silicon, and torching after.


I’d run some white over sides and corners before pouring and was really pleased but…though I spend ages ensuring surface was level I must have knocked it as the paint ran off one side. I came back 3 hours later and saw it, managed to move a bit back where it was still wet in centre but 😦 this is how it ended. still nice but not as I wanted.

I did this one with same colours but much more tipping to cover the canvas.

You can see the colours mix much more, lose their richness though I do like the ones they create by mixing. also the cells seem more this way but much smaller. I’m going to try this again. I used different colours as I was using an old canvas, so covered it in black first and used black on corners and sides instead of white.

Looking at it now I wish I’d let paint run more on one side, or placed it less central. It irritates that its kind of centred but not very well and I’d rather it looked like a deliberately off centre pic! Did this with same colours. I’d painted white on sides and corners but it didn’t look right somehow so ended up tipping a lot more to cover the white.

I still had quite a bit of black and white so played with some 3 x 3 in canvasses. white over black, black over white and then just pouring over all that I’d collected from runoff. The first one – the one on its own, I really liked – can’t recall white was over which now but I’d used an old canvas that had maybe three other lots paint under and I ought to have gessoed it as the surface is bumpy and not smooth and these paintings mostly look best on smooth surface.

I tried resin on the circular cake-boards, wasn’t a sucess, too many uneven and bare patches, might have been the silicon. I used varnish on the other two and that looks better. I’ve painted another plain and glued to back to make it sturdier but not sure how to fix something to hang it with. Shame about the resin and it would have made these much stiffer and worked well IMO. Still…maybe I’ll try another and not use silicon. all fun experimenting but the resin is so costly I can’t really play too much with that. Chris and I love the two pink sweetie coloured ones that have been resined. Its not easy to show but the surface looks and feels like glass and it really show where the gold sparkles are and gives a feeling of depth.

Time to add some to art sites now and hope for some sales so I can play more 😉 If anyone is interested in any of these email me, the 8×10 inch ones are £32, 3x3in £10 and others similar price depending on size. The most expensive is the 20 x 20in orange one at £120. I’m happy to take commissions too, you choose colours and I’ll create two for you to choose from.