resin coated woodcuts

I’ve been playing with pouring on some mdf woodcuts, and then adding a coat of resin – I love the look of that stuff, just not the price 😦 I find the resin really enhances the metallic paints and glitters I love to add in to my work. Some of these, the fish, dragon, dinosaur and maybe the seahorse ( I can’t remember, think I used it on those) have tiny shards of glass in to give the effect of scales. I do a pour then add details with paint when dry. The fish, foxes and surfer are about 8 – 10 inches across/high and the chicken and sea horse are 16-17 inches high. I’ll add hooks on the back so they can hang alone or maybe add then to a board or canvas, either plain white or black, or a poured one in complementary colours. I’m having great fun with these. I’ve got others, Scottie dogs, some cats, swans, and large and small fairies and horses.

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a few more paintings, some work, some don’t!

I’ve been experimenting a lot lately, some successes, some scrape offs…well, TBH lots of those. that happens though when trying new stuff, and I’m someone who always likes to try the “what if I” route. I should have photo’s more of the non successes but usually i’m so annoyed I forget πŸ˜‰
Anyway, here’s what I’ve been doing last few weeks.

This is an old one that’s a bit dull so I painted some bubbles on it.

 

 

playing with golds and glitter

Same colours as previous ones but must have used more white.
This was one that got swiped as it wasn’t going well, then dipped in run off and swiped again. I tried to make it more floral and it wasn’t ok as it was but its still one to put down to experience!
trying for a sliced rock effect ( too early in morning, proper name eludes me) Its had about four attempts now, and is as good its its going to get. Its got bit of crystals and slivers of glass added, plus mica paints and glitter. I should have made it more offside, perhaps a partial circle and the boat not so central. Still, its all learning what not to do next time. Its a 16×20 inch one.
this and the next were string pours, first attempt. I added the stamens while wet, should have waited til dry. these will be repoured but I learned again from them. Did one at the wekend with granddaughter Alesha and her’s was much better. After experimenting we found that embroidery thread worked better that the string and twines I’d been using.

had a nice sparkly green metallic on the black but was so dark. I like the fish but the weeds and flowers made it a fail. I like to play with ones i’m not happy with, sometimes it works and others it doesn’t!
the next four were all same colours, sadly this 20×20 in had too much white and when i’d gessoed over a previous work i’d left lines. I’ve put plaster over it now to create a texture base for a repour.
wasn’t happy so I pulled a hair pick comb through then tilted.
pulled the comb through just part of this and left the top which I liked as it was.
didn’t touch this one, came out just as i hoped, (rare that!) but shame its only 8 x 8 inches. why does that never happen on big canvasses???
This started as a ring pour, went pear shaped….as mine usually do but had some great sparks of colour which i pulled into stars. Sort of πŸ˜‰
Alesha’s string pull wet.
when dry the pink has gone really dull, i’ve added a bit more over it but maybe as a transparent colour we needed to add some white to get it to show on the black. didn’t think at the time.
Alesha’s other painting, gold glitter on this one mixed with meduim to make a paint and some pink/blue glitter sprinkled on after. She did a dirty flip cup pour but we didn’t have enough paint and tilting lost the cells. she’s happy though and thats what counts.
another ring pour, the brown and blue gave me green which i didn’t expect…the blue is a very transparent greeny blue with white added, and i love the colour. Also used dark brown, a kind or sienna colour, some gold glitter mixed with medium and white.

This uses same colours as previous but looked sort of boring, then i swiped, swiped again, got a green mess, tried flipping over with a palette knife and made it worse. I let it cover canvas, mixed up more blue and white layers in a cup, added silicon plus sprayed over canvas with aerosol silicon and poured over. Torched and tilted and I like it now.

My string pull, I had a bit too much paint. I’d done a dirty pour but it looked bland so i tried string pulls over. So much paint though that the white wouldn’t flow over as i wanted. Tinkered with blue edges and – well, one to put down to experience. I learned string pulls work best with flexible string or thread and not too much paint on canvas!

These two both got scrapped for repour. first one was just a bit meh, dull, no real focus and the second- well, I love the pink and yellow where it touches the purple but the centre annoyed me. I tried pouring over the centre but it wasn’t a success.

painting an old table to revive it

I’ve an old nest of tables, sad looking and unloved but a useful size so decided to revamp.
The finished ( so far) table can be seen on my blog. I haven’t yet painted the legs and underside as the back is still taped. As always when i use resin (!!) there are a couple of spots that aren’t great so i want to add another coat and then finish back and legs. So far though the house viewings keep coming and don’t leave me enough free days together to get this done and set. Ah well, a buyer would be good πŸ˜‰ I might – or not – add a little blue mica in the final resin coat, haven’t yet decided. It’ll be one of those last minute dilemmas, resin will be ready, my hand hovering over the mica “yes? No? Yes? ” you can see it can’t you πŸ˜‰ ( spellcheck just corrected that to mice, nope – not adding them to my table. I’ve the two larger ones to do, I haven’t decided whether to use same colours and method or completely different ones. decisions, decisions…

Dry but not varnished/resined


You can see some spots where resin didn’t adhere properly. Second coat should fix that.

NB:Β when I did the video I had sale of mine and new home all sorted – I thought. Of course the buyer for mine dropped out at last min, just as we were ready to sign contracts. So I’m still home, waiting to sell and buy.

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 πŸ˜‰ 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 πŸ˜‰ 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!

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)

Testing Fairy Liquid against silicon.

 

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.)

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? .