Hammer smash, tries two and three….

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 πŸ˜‰

 

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basic paint mixing video and a failed hammer smash painting!

Well, I’ve played around with all sorts of mixes and additives in my search for the best for me medium. After all that I’ve come back full circle, using just floetrol, paint and water. silicon as wanted. I forgot the alchohol a few times and there seemed no difference so I leave that out too now. Here’s a quick video showing how I mix my paints, and the different brands I use.

Then using those colours I tried for a hammer smash painting. Forgot quite how to do it, used a mallet with a plastic bag over and frankly it was a fail. Looked at more and i need to leave off the bag, and hit much harder!! New attempt later this week….

I ended tilting and tipping the smash, adding more colour, swiping and tilting again. finally put it to one side not happy with it and then next day dropped an acrylic sheet in it while it was still damp….I think the universe was telling that was a fail πŸ˜‰ Still, a canvas for re-pouring and some lessons learned, and I had fun.Β  I’ll post dry pics of these and what I did with the residue paint in a couple of days.

 

 

Some swipes and some “pull” paintings – or perhaps “push ” might be more accurate…

I’d been pretty fed up of all the fails – downside to experiments is that lots of them Just Don’t Work – and while I expect that, its still frustrating. So I’ve had a few days of back to basics, just paint, floetrol, water and silicon. Done a few dirty pours then Monday I wanted to do a negative one with metallic paints and try to mimic peacock tail colours….sadly the green dominated, I used gold, blue, green, yellow and purple, but though I only had minimal green I think the blue and yellow combined too much and I ended with a green painting. I like it – but its not really what I wanted.
I used a bamboo skewer to pull out some of the edges, and to try to shape some circles in the green and dipped in to add a little more colour. the photo is while its still wet – they’re taking ages to dry lately, outside in my shed.


I had a bit of dark blue and purple left, so I decided to try something on the resin coated paper. I tipped it over a piece of card, dropped in a bit of non diluted gold and cerulean blue, spread round with palette knife and pressed another piece of card over the top, pressing down really firmly. then peeled back card. It reminds me of encaustic painting when I use an iron, where as I lift the iron the wax collects in shapes. I carried on with a couple more bits of card, then decided to try it on two bits of board. I scraped out all the purple and gold I had, squeezed on more of both straight from tube, plus cerulean blue and repeated above process. I did it a few times before I was happy. Not sure what I’ll do with these but it was fun πŸ˜‰ I couldn’t resits a bit of glitter over them too….

The resin coated card

Still on the metallic theme i tried a swipe yesterday, its on canvas 20 in by 8 in. I poured lines of colour, dark purple divided into two and metallic medium added to one, same with the cerulean blue, a dark blue, magenta, pale pink, and gold, with some oyster pearl added to the pink and magenta. then white at both ends. And…. swipe – I loved the way it was straight away but the pic is about an hour later and somehow the cells lose some of their definition. I think maybe I have too much paint – I’ll try with less and see if that helps.
I’m hoping the metallic shows up more once its dry, and noticed as it was drying that some of the darker colours and the gold were slowly popping through. I like this one even though it wasn’t as crisp as I’d like.
Today the plan is to clean silicon of some dry ones ready for varnishing. and tidy my work space and add fresh paper….no painting, but somehow I think one might just sneak in πŸ˜‰
I’ve put a recent card one in a frame and its hanging in my kitchen.

 

update on the Golden paints, and what else I’ve painted this week.

now its dry the gold really shows well.

I’m really happy with the fluid paints, the gold and magenta, and the phtlalo blue, incredibly rich colours and i didn’t need to use much paint which of course makes them a lot more economical.

I knew I loved the golden range, have used heavy body ones in the past but thought the way I use paint that these little fluid bottles would be too expensive. they are costly, but given i only needed a little to get the intensity of colour I wanted they’re not as costly as expected. I could probably have used less than I did too.
I find often when acrylics dry not only do they lose that lovely glossy sheen but the colours change, occasionally seem darker but more often lighter, but these were very close to the original colour. ( The gloss can be put back via a varnish when dry BTW) I did add a little of the tube of medium to the black on a black negative painting and it dried with a lovely soft sheen which looks good.

The Goldengold again, plus a bit of the quinacridone magenta from Golden. you can see the sheen on the black, this is dry paint.

Its not all a tube black but some of that mixed with some very dark blue/red/purple run off from another painting. i got quantities wrong and hate waste so decided I’d mix that with some ready made black, a squeeze of the Golden gel medium and use for black negative space. One worked, one wasn’t so good but the black on both came out well. Β I haven’t varnished it yet, it will be interesting to see if just one coat brings up the shine, usually i do at least two, probably three before I’m happy. I have done five on one work…Polycrylic minwax is my preferred varnish.
I’ve finally finished a 20 x 20 inch commission, and I’m really pleased. this has the minwax varnish, four coats and is lovely and glossy.

its got tiny dots and seams of frost blue mica, mixed with medium. the medium dries clear leaving just the mica showing
This one is on canvas board, about 20 x 16 I think. I had it the tiniest bit out of level and you can see where the paint moved at the top, but I quite like the way its left slow trails…I had lots of white and nine colours in this. A dirty pour using three cups.
a failed painting over a failed painting and still I wasn’t happy so after swiping, scrpaing and tilting and threw the little leftover bits of paint at it and dropped in some acrylic inks I had lurking in the shed…..and I quite like it now πŸ˜‰ The first painting I ever sold was a Jackson Pollock inspired one, pre digital photos though so I’ve no pics.
Some leftover paint I scraped up from under the main pic, the canvasboard one above. using those scrapings as the base, with bits of pure colour dropped in to make a dirty pour
negative painting using the golden Magenta

 

Trying out the Golden fluid acrylic samples

I’ve gone for a swipe painting using three samples of paint kindly provided by Golden, and some of my other paints.
The golden ones were Fluid paints Iridescent Gold and quinacridone Magenta, and Open slow drying Phthalo blue ( green shade). I’ve also got samples or red and yellow plus a heavy gel medium, but I’m not using them in this video.
I’ve used my standard floetrol,paint, water and dimethicone mix.
I’ve done a simple swipe, and I loved the first effect but I had so much paint it moved…a lot, and i didn’t like it. So after about an hour I swiped again hoping to get some cell definition.

I like it but I have lost that lovely rich intensity from the first swipe.

First swipe…a bit too much paint. always an issue for me πŸ˜‰
secoind swipe brings up cells again but loses that richness of colour

 

I love these colours, as it happens those rich intense blue and magenta are some of my favourite colours, and of course Gold…well looking at my glitter, iridescent and metallic paint collection its obvious i love me some sparkle! Its not just paints, creeps into the house decor, my clothes, shoes and garden too….
I’ve used these gold, blue and red in other paintings, as can be seen on the video. I will certainly look to buy more as i need to replace some colours, they are expensive but a little goes a very long way as the colours are so dense and rich. I especially love the way both the red and the blue “bled” into white on a couple of other works I’d done.
I’ll be using the red and yellow in a video soon, next week probably, I’ve a craft fair on this Saturday so busy preparing for that. Fingers crossed for some sales, more space in studio and more money for paint!! Maybe a few more golden fluids πŸ˜‰

 

negative space video ( incorporating Spider Rescue!!)

Painting with Beth last week, we were trying for negative space. She’s much quieter than Nathan, doesn’t add bits of info as I’m painting but just carries on quietly on her own work. Hers came out better πŸ˜‰ I still seem to get too much colour or too muted colour, I didn’t really like what resulted, and swiped it, and swiped again and got a ….mess. I can’t seem to find a pic of the final result, probably so irritated at myself! Β Its been painted over now πŸ™‚

Beth’s negative space, some great bright colours and shapes.

Latest plays, some bright cells,

I’ve had a few disasters, downside of trying new things, some work, some don’t, so decided to stick with my tried and trusted mix, but see if I can get cells with more than one colour deliberately, I’ve had it happen accidentally, but wondered if I could influence the process.
Did a small one first, this is 4 x 4 inchesΒ 
Then I moved to a larger canvas, 6 x 18 ins I think. I’m pleased with this one but the second didn’t come right, and I swiped too many times, making the colours join and just become too orange, no contrast . One for painting over later πŸ˜‰ There’s a video of this one at the end of this post. Sorry, you get a bit of me upside down at the end, didn’t switch tablet off properly….oops!Β  too much swiping blended the colours and lost any contrast. Here;s the fails, I tried swiping with pink, didn’t like the result but that could just be my colour choices. I swiped with matallic blue on one last week and liked that.

I’m still thinking over this one, whether to keep or repaint. Its not what I was after but I quite like the subtle effects and soft colours. Its another 6 x 18 in canvas

Video for the bright 6 x 18 painting.