3 dirty pours, leaving paints to settle for an hour first

I’ve been struggling with cells in dirty pours. I see others who have terrific, big, clear cells, and mine are tiny or non existent and fall apart soon as I tilt. Doing a larger painting recently i’d mixed paints the day before and then layered them into cups and left for a couple of hours and its quite tiring for me and i needed to rest. Life in a wheelchair means adapting πŸ˜‰ when i tipped my cup out I had some great cells and that made me wonder of mixing and layering paints then giving them time to work in cup might help so here I’ve done three paintings where i try just that.
the day after I was chatting online to another artist who had some fabulous cells and she reminded me that for cells you need much more paint than you think, and i’ve been relying on paint charts showing paint for coverage, but that means lots of tilting which is what can upset the cells. You can see that here in a way, i have some great cells out of the cup but once I start to move I lose some.
I tried next day using about 1.5 times more paint than usual and got much better results. Didn’t video that though – always the way isn’t it. I get the fails on camera and not the successes πŸ˜‰ Still, its all learning and hopefully others can learn from my mistakes. ” I make mistakes so you don’t have to” d’you think that should be my slogan?
Anyway, dry pics are on my art blog, jeanniesartadventures I’m not entirely happy with them and may well repour two of them, the third, the one with the sparkle base, I’m going to varnish and see how that brings out the colours, then decide. I’ve re-poured over varnished works too, a coat or two of gesso and they’re fine.

I’m unsure about this one, might keep, might repour.
a definite repour, hate this one

I was playing with leftover paint, did a dirty pour, swiped it, added colour and swiped again, dragged stick through to create texture, and finally as I still didn’t like it I mixed some white and blue and poured over. Now it looks kind of river like, and I’m thinking maybe some pyramids and other Egyptian type additions so it looks like an old map. Maybe πŸ˜‰

 

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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.

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 without using blowtorch or heat gun

There have been discussions recently on facebook groups about possible breathing issues/poisonous fumes when using torch or heat gun. I don’t always torch, sometimes I want a “less busy” painting, to just enjoy clean lines of colour, but notice the cells still appear. I thought I’d do a video showing how you can get cells using floetrol even if you don’t torch. I used spray silicon, but have done works without silicon and still ended up with a few cells.
I’m using some new fluorescent paints, and as they are transparent I’ve picked a couple of opaque blues. Original plan was to use black, but I didn’t have enough premixed so I used white, then realised I didn’t have enough of that so used black too. From end result I used too much black/white not enough colour. I also didn’t mix enough paint and tilting to cover canvas lost me some of the cells.
I looked a couple of hours later hoping the fluorescent paints would have burst through but not as much as i hoped so i pulled through some paint on a lolly stick, the remnants in the cups, to add some vibrancy.

As a painting its a bit meh….the canvas was an old one and even though I checked level as normal it was a bit loose and paints pooled in centre losing some of the lovely shapes. It’ll probably be one for adding extras to once dry. As an experiment though to see how you can still get interesting effect and cells without torching it works.

A still taken from video, just out of cup. My paint looks a bit thick, they were new to me paints, and next time I’ll make them thinner. You can see how there are some great shapes and cells, but I didn’t mix enough paint, plus being a bit thick, and when i tilted, even though i was careful I lost lots of the cells.

About 2-3 hours after painting, I wasn’t happy so used leftovers in paint cups and dragged lines through with a mixing stick. This is the result next morning almost dry. If I hadn’t been doing an experiment I’d probably have mixed a bright colour and swiped it, paint was still wet so could be altered.

Using poured acrylics as a background to a new painting.

Its so cold in my studio/shed that I’m not painting much, as left out there they crack before drying 😦 and there isn’t space indoors to have too many on the go. Plus the house is on the market so it needs to be kept ready for viewing at short notice….I still want to paint though, so what I’ve been doing is using some of my paintings that I’m not totally happy with as backgrounds, using paint markets and paints to draw and paint something over the top, leaving the original as background. I did the bubbles one first, wrote about that a few weeks back, but as ever I find it hard knowing when to stop and its been further embellished.

it doesn’t show well on pc, but there’s lots of metallic paint that shimmers on the bubbles.

Finally finished tinkering with the dragon pic, this one is 20 x 20 inches. The original was just too “busy” for me.

A request for a unicorn led to this next one. I thought the original a bit too bland, I wanted a dragon on it but the kids insisted it needed a unicorn….they won!

Another unicorn one, but a tiny lad this time…

This one has been tinkered with over and over til i’m finally happy with the flowers. Was a dark green/brown painting originally, too dark.

Fishes in this undersea one, I think I’ve tinkered more since I took photo a couple of days back….even when they’re varnished they’re not immune to the paintbrush landing on them!Β 

Humming birds on this one, its not finished, the flowers and birds are just done with markers, I’ll paint over for more intense colour.

There’s a couple more planned, one with a mermaid and one with a dragon, hopefully I’ll do them this week. I’ve also got one straight pour finished that I like! It is over two I didn’t like though πŸ˜‰

Doesn’t show too well on pc, but the greens are metallic and have a lovely shimmer effect.