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.
I’ve had an issue on occasions with minwax cracking. I actually like the effect so it doesn’t bother me but I’ve seen comments that suggest others don’t like it and I wanted to see if adding more varnish would cover it. I took an old, badly cracked on and applied a second coat of minwax, using it with a brush as usual on one half, and flooding it almost like resin on the second half.I used a silicon makeup sponge to flood the left side, and my usual brush for the right.
I had a play with three 8x8inch canvases with minwax, using the silicon applicator, it does seem to prevent those brush strokes i have an issue with too often! I flooded it on the first one and…it gave me some very deep cracks. could be drying temp, could be that I need a layer of varnish first to make a smoother surface for the varnish to pool on? who knows, but actually I like it 😉 You can buy special crackle glazes – clearly I don’t need to…I’ve given it a second ordinary coat when dry as I worried the crackles might work loose.
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 😉
Anyway, here’s what I’ve been doing last few weeks.
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.
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 😉 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 😉 ( 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: 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.
Not been writing much here recently. the house is finally sold, well in principle, and I’ve found a bungalow to buy so packing and culling of junk has been going on. good news is I put a few horse oddments on eBay and made £91 and spent £95 😉 on some new golden fluid acrylics. I love those, the colours are so intense and though they are tiny bottles you need very little. I haven’t had many in the past, but golden sent me some samples last year and I’d forgotten how vibrant they are.
So, updates…as its too cold in studio I’ve been mostly working on ones I wasn’t happy with, adding something to create a new painting, rather than just re-pouring. Its been great fun.
This one I tried to turn into a beach scene, but it cracked, too much paint i think…
This pour reminded me of rain. It started as a dirty pour, which got swiped, colour added etc and reswiped until i was -kind of – happy. Its got to have a bird now though looking in the window according to the grandkids, so that’s today’s project.
this one looked a bit lacking on its own so it became a peacock – I didn’t intend him to be quite so in-your-face, but subtle isn’t a strong point when I’m painting.
I forgot a “before ” image for this, it was a colourful swipe that made me think of gardens. Again there’s metallic paints and micas, as with the peacock. I want to resin this one, and maybe the peacock one too.
This one got turned sideways and some trees poured, with bits pulled out for branches. I have done a little more definition of the branches since, and a few high and low lights.
A boring one which had lots of white bubble effect parts became the kingfisher diving.
Don’t know what to do with these two yet, the first may develop into a couple of blowsy flowers…
And finally after loads of failed flip cup dirty pours I didn’t “flip” this one but layered in the same way and tipped it quickly, pulling back and got Some Decent Cells. though I lost a few on tipping, but I’m still happy with result!
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.