I wanted to see if I could still get cells with fairy liquid instead of silicon. ( in US fairy is same as what you call Dawn I believe, stuff those like me who don’t have a dishwasher use!!)
I used 3 3×3 inch canvasses, all new ones, and marked them so i knew which was which. I added a few drops fairy to one, silicon to the second and nothing to third for a control.
All paints were my usual mix of paint, floetrol, and water. I did make the fairy one a bit thicker as the fairy i was adding was a 50/50 fairy water mix.
I tried to keep same amounts and add each colour in same order. I tried to only add a drop of silicon but with such a tiny amount of paint that was still too much i think and i don’t like the result that much, though it does go nicely with the others.
I really like both the fairy and the control one, and i may well use Fairy again. There aren’t any big cells but it seems to make what for me is a nice reaction with the paint. I’ll be interested to see how it works on a larger painting.
Dry pics, ( I brought them into house, ones is studio taking weeks to dry.)
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.
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? .
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.
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!
I’d used Liquitex pouring meduim as a poured coating on this 6x6inch canvas, when i was trying to get a resin effect without the difficulty of resin working. Its good, but still not as good as resin, and to be honest works out very expensive that way for us here in the UK. I can only get it in litre bottles, thats largest size avaialable, and its around £29 for that. Now if we had those fab gallon tubs at $45 that I saw on sale in US this week…..BTW a gallon is about 4.5 litres – you can see why I weep when I see US prices. Anyway, I’d seen other use PVA in this way for a coating, but hadn’t got round to trying that. My carpenter brother and I were talking about painting and he said PVA will go tacky again in contact with moisture so its not a good idea to use it that way and it made me think about whether the liquitex would do that. So, first poured some cold water on and moved it arouind and then -0 well, I thought I’d go for it and pour on boiling water….and left it there for a couple of hours. the boiling water did seem to soften it a very little but no tackiness, and no fingermakrs so didn’t affect the actual coating, and now a few days later it looks the same as it always has. I will try this with PVA sometimes, right now though the studio is Freezing, its around 4c here in daytime and I’ll need to bring some stuff into the house to have a hope of the PVA drying enough to try this out. Might brave the cold later today 😉 then can try this next week once its dry.
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!)
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…
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.
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.
After my abysmal fail the other day I’m trying again. Black background this time with a hammer instead of a mallet. I was really pleased at how it turned out and then….put to one side and forgot to check level. Looked over half hour later to find it had all tilted and run. ah well, tilted a bit more and ended up with this.
Third time’s the charm eh? Finally got a decent hammer smash. Used black background and outlined to create flowers shapes.
I have enjoyed this way of moving paint and can see that it can produce some interesting shapes once you get the hang of the technique. I know in future that I need to use minimal colour as the paint splashes a long way and its one of those “less is more” scenarios….
I did a second that I turned into flowers by tweaking the paint and pouring an outline of neat paint. Then used leftovers to do a final board. I hate waste so usually do something like that, may come out well, if not it gets repoured 😉