Resin once more.

Sunday I tried resin again on two 3×3 inch paintings, it set well but….i thought they were level, i was wrong, very wrong so one side is perfect but it ran off the other. So monday i tried again, this time using spirit level. Much better result, still not perfect, a couple of dints in surface and i still need a more stable surface, as where the paint did run a little I’ve now got lumps on back – hopefully can sand off. For future tries (hah!) I want to find somewhere indoors instead of shed, where there’s more space and i won’t risk knocking them, and set up an exactly level surface. also try pinning plastic to reverse in hope drips stick to that and not my canvas..maybe 😉 Anyway here’s the results. I really love this resin effect but i’m nearly out of resin, £16 quid gone on trying to get it right. I’ll keep these, I don’t think they’re good enough to sell but I like them. I love that the surface is like glass to touch and really shows a depth in the colours that plain varnish just doesn’t seem to. Plain varnish is easier and a heck of a lot cheaper though so unless some spare cash floats my way resin experiments are on their way out for now. I’ve enough left for maybe one more go – maybe two 3x3inch paintings. I might mix a tiny amount and fill the dints and thin patches on these first though.

You can see where the canvas tore on back of this one when I unstuck it ( with difficulty and a Stanley knife, watching my fingers carefully!!)

the surface of the one above.

this is the thin edge of one where it wasn’t quite level.

here’s one almost perfect except for that little dint in the top centre

here’s all three.

Cells, Cells at last!

The first two here, the blue mix ones, I did a few days ago, one with and one without silicon. Did a couple more that way but could not get any cells, though I’ve some lovely subtle marbling.

Oddly the cells in the first one came without silicon! Bit trying to replicate it just brought these. I do like them, they’ve gold in so when tilted they ave a subtle shimmer.

Then on Thursday  I tried mixing the silicon on when I add the floetrol/liquitex medium and stirring really well, and that seems to have sorted the lumps and divots I got adding silicon last. And finally I got some great cells.

I used the same colours for all of these, but not all colours on all canvasses. I’ve got three 8 x 10 ins and the smaller ones are 3 x 3 inches. These i did by adding colour direct to canvas instead of via cup dirty pour and then soft swipe over the top. Before I’m convinced I’ve finally cracked cells though I need to see if I can replicate it 😉 or if it was just a lucky accident. The paints changed incredibly as they dried, you can see on the last two the shine as they’re still wet. I’ll take dry photo’s later today.
I had some large cells but as the paint moved they shrunk so that’s my next task, once I’m sure I can now actually Get cells…trying to keep larger ones. I think too I may still be getting the paint a little too thick. I used much more floetrol than I have been, after watching some of Danny Clark’s videos. He and Anne-Marie Ridderhof both do some excellent ones if you’re interested in learning more.
This does use lots of paint, I’ve just ordered more and I’ll soon need more floetrol, nearly used my litre bottle……so fingers crossed I can sell a few. I also really, really want to try resin sometime, but that’s very expensive so for now its got to wait but I love the effect that has on these.
I did try resin on two small ones yesterday, looked at them after about 3 hours and clearly my table wasn’t level and its run off on one side so today its try adding a second coat to fill the gap. I do love that effect, really want to work it out. My new paints came too so today hopefully its more playing!!

Liquitex pouring meduim

I really wanted to try the Golden one, GAC800 but it seems to be out of stock everywhere in the UK, so a few weeks back I ordered Liquitex pouring medium, which arrived yesterday, so the afternoon saw me back in the studio/art shed playing.

I mixed up some paints and did one 10 x 12 without silicon and one with. I can show you the one without, while its wet, but the silicon seems to make lots of lumps and divots soon as paint settles so can’t show you a good version of that – you won’t get a great idea of what it really looks like! I don’t know whether others have this issue or just me. I’m using a cosmetic silicon, as the spray seems to go everywhere but in the paint, and maybe I’m putting too much in. Its kind of hard to judge when quantities depend on how much paint your mixing. I’m aiming for a few drops in each colour and enough to cover a 10 x 12 canvas. I’ll maybe try the spray again although I got some great cells without any with the liquitex, and if I can replicate that I’d like to drop the silicon out. I’ll take some photos later now they’ve dried and show you but for now first one without silicon, second with. same colours but I think I used more black in second and its too dark, may change as it dries though.
Here’s all the ones i varnished, second coat for a few of last weeks plus the ones Alesha, my 9 yr old granddaughter, and I did on Sunday

Its amazing how the varnish brings up the colour on the darker ones, you can see on this little one where I haven’t applied varnish what a difference it makes. I’d still like to do some with the resin varnish, set like a glass coating even on canvas,  but that’s really out of my price range for now….
This is a 3 x 3 inch canvas so though the bit where you can see canvas, the thin paint, looks huge its not really noticeable in real life. that seems to be what the silicon does though, most of the “holes” close on drying but there are a few thinnish spots.

Its fun playing with all these new things but it costs…I have lots of paint from my painting days, bought each time I sold a painting, but this uses so much I’ve had to buy more of some colours and also some cheaper canvas. when you’re using 3 or 4 a day instead of 2 or so a week it adds up. I still need them to be a decent quality though, no stapled edges etc. and for paint to be not all filler as some student ones are, and to last as house paint doesn’t. I’ve a bit of a thing about good quality materials even though it does cost more. Each to their own, and loads of people are happy with house paint, pound shop canvas and PVA. Room for all of us 😉

Some final pics of yesterdays works and a black swipe painting.

So I took some photos of the last set of works, the 6 3 x 3 canvasses and the 6 x 8 now they’re dry. the paint changes a bit from first application to dry and if you compare these you’ll see the difference. I like that unpredictability, its a kind of challenge between me, the paint and canvas to see if I can work out what to do for the results I’d like. Its no good getting obsessed over detail, just vague forms, so this won’t suit those artists who need absolute control, but that’s never been been. I use to love playing with watercolour effects, creating merges, textures etc.

This is the 6 x 8 one dry, second image is wet – about an hour after pouring


Then the small ones, didn’t realise I’d got strong shadows til this morning…sorry. Wet first then dry.

Here’s the last two, and embarrassingly I can’t seem to find the wet images on pc…oops.

Yesterday I did some swipe paintings, where paint is applied to canvas, black at two edges and I swipe over the top gently….fun eh?? It was. Its kind of magic seeing the black peel back to reveal underlying colours.

I’ll show you one for a taster, photo rest dry later or maybe tomorrow, as family over today and time may be limited. Last one was about an hour after painting and torching.


Day six, small works using different additives and pours, same colours.

Today I’m working on some 3 x 3 canvases, using the same colours but a different additive combo and pour for each. you could go on forever with all these variations. I did one last one on a 6 x 8 canvas and got a great result on pouring but lost it as I tilted to cover corners and edges 😦 and of course they change when drying. I want to try mixing more so I tilt less, it’ll mean more waste but might be the way to get the effects I want. Or not  😉

These photos are wet, just after doing them and hopefully they’ll be dry enough to photo properly later today.

Colours used were Lukas cerulean 4721, primary red 4650 and chromoxide 4754. and white!

1 and 2 are floetrol only, i didn’t use enough paint on first one. 3 is floetrol and alchohol, 4 the same but with silicon added to the white, last two I’ve forgotten to write notes – arghh….I think they were same as for 4 but with high pour and side pour rather than flip cup which I used on the first four.

Day fours and five, the resin fail, and more fun works.

I tried the resin as I said, but it wouldn’t stick to canvas. That’s such a shame as its just the effect i wanted, you can see from the paper work where I scraped off the resin from the canvas and let it dry. Its so expensive, so when I’ve finished what I’ve got – which won’t take long ;-( I can’t really justify the expense of more just yet.
I struggled to peel it off my chopping board…still got bits of resin attached !
You can see below resin on centre of painting and the difference at the left side where there’s no resin, especially towards the base.

this one was part of some I did Sunday, using 4 x 4 in canvas and one 8 x 6 in one. Colours used were Lukas raw sienna 4639 and chrome green 4753 and shminke lemon yellow 222 and van dyke brown 668. also a little shminke gold 801 about !/3 of other paint colours. Pics taken when wet, they dry to a matt finish, which is why i wanted the resin to work….
First one was floetrol and alcohol. lots of tiny cells appeared after about 20 mins without torching, and torching didn’t bring many more. This was done via a dirty pour from high into a round shape and then tilted.

No 2 is a 4 x 4 in canvas floetrol, alcohol and a little spray silicon to final mix,flip dirty pour . Did get few cells but colours kind of blended, I lost all the lovely cells I had on pouring. some nice sort of ghosting white parts that look (to me) like x-rays of bones do almost, in a feathery pattern. some nice sharp stripes, kind of tigerish.

No 3 is another 4 x 4 canvas, same floetrol/alchohol, but a few drops pouring silicon and again high pour, square shape. colours blended a lot here but if you look there are cells, not as I’d planned but 😉

no 4 was same as above but a dirty flip pour. Got lots of marbling, colours mixed together alot, maybe the way I tileted and tipped?  lots of small cells. There’s a bit of red in one corner – picked up the wrong cup when touching up edges and corners….but i quite like it!

then i used all the leftovers on the paper that I resinned.
June 6th:

Today it was two almost monochrome ones, Floetrol at about 50% and alchohol at 10%. no silicone in first one. I used a black I mixed from red,blue and yellow as I don’t have any balck, white and Lukas red 4672.

Number one was I poured colours separately onto canvas from high, and then tilted to blend. Got a lovely marble effect but no cells.

Next one put all leftover paint into one cup, added silicone to final mix and dirty pour. This gave a lovely stormy effect with a few cells.


almost caught up now. Had lots of fun varnishing these yesterday, hoping to keep that “wet” look, might take 2-3 coats though…also had a play with some mixes in various combos. they should be on tomorrow.

Day Three, Floetrol!

So one of the mediums I was waiting for was Floetrol. Its a paint conditioner, seems to be a bit like a paint medium but without pigment so it helps the paint flow but doesn’t dilute the colour and tension as water does. Well, that’s how it seems to me from what I’ve read. I like to try to understand what mediums and paints do, how they react so that hopefully I can predict what sort of results I’ll get. Danny Clark on you-tube does lots of explaining, and his way of finding out paint density and applying according to weight is interesting. It led me to understand a little better how cells are created. Its well wroth looking at his and Anne-Marie Ridderhof’s videos if you want to learn more.

I decided today I’d try floetrol on its own and with silicon. No alchohol, try that another time. By trying each new medium individually I’m hoping I can find what works best for me and the paints I have. they all react a little differently and even the water in different areas can make a change. I’m going to try bottled and distilled water too at some time.

Colours I used today: white, Lukas primary red 4650, Raw sienna 4639, and Shminke Prussian blue light 445 and lemon yellow 222.

I did the same method as before, mix floetrol into paint ( I used 2 pt floetrol to 1 part paint but I’ve seen various mixes) then add water and mix again, and finally silicon if used.
this is first one, new canvas 4x4ins, no silicone. there were a few cells, not many.

Next I added silicon to the colour, not thew white, just a few drops and didn’t mix it in. again I used dirty pour. Lots of cells this time and swirls of new colours, violets where the red and blue mixed, greens where yellow and blue mixed. I must have used a lot of white ( well, I’ve a big cheapish bottle…saves on the more expensive colours!) and it’ll be interesting to try without any white, and at some point with black instead of white. But got to buy some black first, as I always just mix it.

Next one is again 4 x 4 ins, but instead of dirty pour I applied colours direct to canvas and then let them blend as swiped over the surface with a palette knife. Interesting how different that is from the dirty pour.

I still had some colour left so I made a bit more white, added some alchohol  and did a dirty pour over an old prepainted canvas. As you can see there’s lots of holes and these stayed even after drying so I think either new canvas each time or perhaps gessoing over old ones would work, but not direct to painted surface.

I’m catching up, its Thursday and I’ve just got Sunday’s and Tuesday’s to be up to date. Tuesday’s I’m really excited to show you, two in black, white and red, drop pour as drips over canvas individually and a dirty pour. came out very different.
Not sure what I’m doing today, did try some crystal resin varnish yesterday but it wouldn’t sit evenly onto the canvas – i think because I’d used a coat of spray varnish maybe? Or it could be the silicone, I wiped over with alchohol hoping to remove any residue but who knows?
I needed a lot more than I expected too. Scraped it off and onto an experiment on paper and it had dried to the effect I wanted, which is like a glass finish on the surface. It really enhances the colours but its expensive stuff and I’m not sure I can afford to experiment til I get it right. Shame as I Love the effect and would really like to use it on these paintings. Maybe if some sell, or the house!! 😉