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 😉 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.


see how shiny it is. though not sure I like this pic, i was playing with colour and lines and might have overdone it!


No heat and no silicon either this time…

still on the no heat trials I decided I’d do one with no silicon too.
I did a swipe and usually I get better cells than this, I don’t know if its because there’s no silicon or that maybe my paints were a bit too thin. I don’t think it was the paint, usually if its too thin I get a lot of runoff and I didn’t with this. I have had good results before without silicon but then i used torch, so I think its just the combo of both on this occasion. I could probably do the same again and get totally different end result – that’s the beauty of fluid art for me, so difficult to predict.
One thing I notice from the final dry painting is that the metallic red has taken over and i can see other colours, lines and shapes below it but they just can’t seem to break through it, next time I’ll either leave it out of use just a small amount.
I’m not really happy with the painting as it is but I think it’ll make a nice background for a silhouette of something, bare trees maybe?

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! 

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 😉

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

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? .