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 😉

 

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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 😉 Still, a canvas for re-pouring and some lessons learned, and I had fun.  I’ll post dry pics of these and what I did with the residue paint in a couple of days.

 

 

#Fail. Art challenge that was a real fail….

There was a challenge on one of the Facebook pouring groups, do a pour using silver gold, grey, pink and either white or black. I thought that sounded fun – but the result was a miserable fail.
My grey was too close to the black and the whole painting was dominated by those two colours. The silver is several years old and as I discovered, gone pretty lumpy. I thought I’d got lumps out but as final work shows there are lots of little lumps.
But as always its a learning experience, I would either chose white next time, or a lighter grey, or perhaps less black and grey, have them as accent colours? I might do this again just to see if i can get it better.

Some you win, some you lose 😉

Hopefully today I’m going to finish off varnishing some that I cleaned last week and maybe have another play with the fluorescent paints. I’ve some glow in the dark paints coming soon and they sound fun!

Golden Primaries Trial

Golden gave me some samples, among them hansa yellow, pyrrhole red and pthlalo blue. I decided to use these in a negative space painting – and really try to be strict with myself because I fail miserably often with this, using too much colour. Its on a 10 x 8 inch canvas and I’m using little shot cups to mix, total colour for my dirty pour including some white is about 1/3 of a cup – and worked well!
the video shows the process, I’ve premixed the colours, trying to keep it short…usual mix, paint, floetrol, water, silicon. Usually i use 1:1 paint and floetrol but the golden colours are so intense its more like 1 paint to 3 floetrol and could probably go even less. Golden do say their fluid can be diluted 1 to 15 for pouring…..These aren’t fluid but a kind of soft body paint – as in the paint is soft body, not for painting on soft bodies – each to their own though 😉

 

just red, yellow and blue, but I have greens, browns, violets in the final piece.

I also wanted to try a fun challenge, a painting using grey, silver, gold, pink and either white or black. I chose black but TBH it was a disaster. the silver is several years old and as I discovered, gone pretty lumpy. I thought I’d got lumps out but as final work shows I haven’t….

But as always its a learning experience, I would either chose white next time, or a lighter grey, or perhaps less black and grey, have them as accent colours? I might do this again just to see if i can get it better.
I used the run off from both to pour over some rocks for Norfolk Rocks, fun thing where people hide rocks for kids to find…And then the tray with that run off got used for some dips. Some predictably were awful, greyish brown sludge by the end but two came out pretty well.  I bought a few fridge magnets so might cut the best bits and put into them.

colours used plus white

I forgot I did a couple with some new fluorescent paints, ordered a few but so far only got green and yellow – but new paints won’t wait 😉 so used a couple of others and did one dirty pour flip cup, and one just a pour.

sadly lost that fab out-of-cup look.
dirty flip cup pour
same colours but poured from cup along canvas. I didn’t like the centre so poured quite a bit to get rid of it.

Some Golden samples I’ll be trying soon, and another housepaint fail.

Well, I emailed Golden with blog links, saying I liked to experiment and was there any chance of samples and the answer was …Yes 🙂 and these arrived two days later!


As it happens they’re colours I love and use a lot, pthlalo blue, a rich clear yellow and magenta, I love those, and if i could only have 3 colours of paint they’d be my choice. I love to use gold too ( I’m sure no-one has noticed that!!) but the pyrrole red is a new to me colour. Looks to me like a slightly orange toned scarlet.
For those interested in density the gold has on the side the colours its made from so that could be worked out. Useful info.
I’ve used Golden texture mediums in the past, but not this one, might be fun to add into just one colour and see if it creates a pour with texture – or that might be a huge fail…who knows, that’s the fun for me. Seeing what happens when I ….
The leaflet isn’t clear in my photo but I’m sure their website has a copy, there’s loads of info there.
I’m going to try Liquitex too, but that has to be snail mail, can’t find an email on their site. Those two are my favourite for acrylic paints, used lots of both in my pre pouring days but tend to stick to the cheaper paints for pouring given I use so much. In the four/five months I’ve been doing this I’ve used around 8 litres floetrol, 1 l LPM, a few other mediums and varnishes I’ve tried ( and given up on some – PVA!) and bought perhaps 20 500ml of colours in additions to the substantial lot I had left from my previous painting days. I used to fund my painting from sales, never sold a huge amount but enough to buy more paints and canvas but I’m working at a deficit here. Still, its my main hobby, the reading is supported by ARC reviews and I don’t drink or smoke so for the pleasure I get I reckon its worth it. Of course sample paints like this mean Free Fun so I was so happy to get them.
Interestingly having bought a few “liquid/high flow” paints in small pots recently I find I actually use far less than when i’m using the big heavy body pots, the colours are very dense so maybe it doesn’t work out as expensive as I thought using high flow paints. Perhaps that should be a future experiment, weight of paint to get the same intensity of colour, though I’d need to factor in more floetrol or LPM to get same volume perhaps?
I can’t seem to give up on house paint yet despite my repeated vow not to try any more. I look at the other wonderful pics put up using it and have to have “just one more try” – well, I used floetrol and water in the next two aiming for negative space. I used an icing bag but as usual too much colour so that didn’t work, and the second one was a mess so got swiped and swiped, and last of the pink spread over middle and swipe again. I figure if i don’t like it anyway what’s to lose? I still don’t like it so that’s another repour!  
The white looks ok when i use it, flows really well and initially looks good but as it dries it seems to go sort of grainy where it interacts with colour and leaves the colour looking wrong. 
I’ll see if I can get better photos some time, its almost dry now, then show you what I mean.
I did a quick spider web swirl yesterday for Nathan, he really liked my one with leftover paint from the other day. He picked a rectangular board though and as I tried to swirl to cover more we lost the shape. Note to self: cover sides with white or colour next time to crate round/square centre. I did pull the paint through but we lost those lines too…Learning curve – there’s no such thing as a mistake, as getting it wrong, its all learning experience.

Couple of new videos, fire inspired experiments with elmers v liquitex pouring medium.

When they’re dry I’ll update and compare the difference. Nathan used elmers in a  2 parts pva 1 part water ratio, then add paint and thin if necessary. He’s seen a video. From my pva experiments i felt it would crack but he was sure it wouldn’t. Its still drying but there are some cracks so for me, with my paints elmers used solely or in this ratio won’t work.

cracks in drying paint bottom right

I’ve added liquitex glazing medium and a dash of floetrol in my experiments. Not sure what the glazing medium will do but it arrived Thursday so seemed a good time to try it. My paints are mostly heavy body, so I thought maybe it would be better to try this instead of so much water to thin. I do want to try maybe a floetrol and no water just glazing medium to see how that works, though I think that would work out expensive at the rate I play with paints…maybe a 50:50 mix might work.

NB Forgot to mention – there’s an error in next video, I said no silicon used but I sprayed inside cup before adding paints for dirty pour, and I added quick spray in yellow and red of the elmers glue cups… sorry. Very little overall though for all those cells 😉 

 

I tried liquitex pouring medium as a final cover, saw another artist recommending it but so far, a week later, the surface is still easy to scratch though it looks very resin like. I pushed my fingernail in and it left a dent, and just running nails over the surface left scratches. I’d worry about damage, and of course LPM isn’t cheap either here in UK.
I tried PVA but that didn’t have the smooth surface though did dry clear, and still had that easy scratch issue. I love the look of resin, just can’t get it right…..and its so expensive to practice with.

this is two coats LPM

What I’ve been doing this past week….

Busy week having lots of fun. Did some painting with grandkids. Spent  some trying to get those elusive large cells, did some negative painting, some experimenting with new additives, and a couple more with house-paint. And tried a few different ideas.

yesterday’s ribbon pour ( well that’s what I call it, there may be a “proper” term but its like a dirty pour tipped slowly. this is over an old canvas, that had some texture, small stones and plaster on the sirface!
attempting large cells – getting there. This was blowing silicon over the surface. It has changed a bit as it dried…

I’m giving up on house-paint, I just can’t make it work for me…others use it with great results but for me whether with just water, pva, floetrol or a mix of all it, whether i use it thick or thin, satin or emulsion, it either cracks or the paints separate so I’m sticking to artists acrylics.

house paint and water, cracked
housepaint and water made thinner, paint separated
housepaint with floetrol, paint still separates

Tried for some negative space works, as usual I added too much colour. But like the results of the first one even though it wasn’t what i was after. Second will get a repaint probably.

playing with negative space
and again negative space was the aim but i used too much colour – that happens alot to me!

Trying for some nice bright cells. I think these were the ones I used coconut oil with, definitely did on the one I collaborated with Nathan, purple one.

cant rememeber what i was aiming for with these two, probably bright colours – i tend to let them mix too much when tilting and end dissatisfied.

Nathan was determined wed do a collaboration piece. He took one side, me the other. He chose colours, we used the same but different mixes and simply poured and tilted. He had much more purple in his mix.
trying a swirl with dirty cup leaving negative space….as usual too much colour.
Beth had the idea to paint a sycamore leaf and place in the white paint.

 

Im pretty happy with these two – trying for biggish cells

Beth was inspired by some cake feathering we have done in the past. Looks good I think, something else to try

I didn’t like the first one below, so swiped it – and swiped a couple more times and ended up with the next pic. Too bland for me, so one to paint over. wished I’d left it as it was 😉