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 😉 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 😉 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’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.
Out to breakfast with some friends recently I noticed that toddler Livvy had a fruit shoot drink and…it had an interesting top, so I took it when she finished. Its got little holes in for those of you who don’t have toddler relatives or friends with kids….
I wonder how many of us look at everyday items and rubbish with a view as to how we can use them for art! My shed is full of potentially useful items AKA known to non artists as junk.
I thought I’d pour through the top and see what happened. I made colours runnier than usual as the holes are tiny, and poured colours separately. I tried to rest the top on the canvas on a piece of sponge, as i wanted it a little above canvas, but that didn’t work so I just held it in place.
I like the effect but next time will try thicker paints, and maybe keep the shape a little better. I’m pleased with the painting though, its on a 6x6in canvas. I added black to corners rather than tilt to cover and lose shape. I might try that with bigger ones when i do a dirty pour – I always lose any cells when i tilt to cover corners…another new thing for me to play with! I’ve so many ideas I just don’t have the time or the money – especially the money 😉 to try them all. I have an ongoing list of ideas and it seems as i cross one off I add two more. I could never get bored with this way of painting.
I’ve also been playing with other ideas, and pouring on wood cut outs to try to imitate ceramics.
This is my largest painting so far at 30 x 30 inches. I made sure the wooden bits for tightening canvas were secure but paint still slide over to the middle 😦 Next time I’ll use stiff card underneath to support, and maybe less paint.
I love doing big works but aside from expensive to do by way of canvas and paint/medium needed costing ££’s, its also space consuming. They take longer to dry and use up so much space that I can’t do more painting for several days until they’re dry enough to move out of the way to finish curing.
I picked colours at random, mixed as usual and layered into jug, then poured a la ring pour style. There was so much paint and the canvas was so heavy though that I tilted too much, trying to balance on one corner, and I lost my rings. Next time I’ll use less paint – sod’s law i usually have reverse issue – and get some help to tilt slowly.
It was fun though, I learned a lot from it. This has had one coat minwax varnish and is hanging in my bedroom. I’m not totally happy with it though, so may add something by way of brush painting a feature on it. I’m just not sure what yet. sometimes after living with a work for a while inspiration suddenly strikes, but for this one I’m still waiting!
I’ve given a couple of close ups showing some details below, the gold looks far better in reality than on pc screen. Its always difficult to show metallic paint onscreen I find.
Edit: just watched the video, sorry for the fact that yet again I’ve got the camera wrong orientation – I really thought I’d got it right…second apology for my back and shoulder getting in the way about three quarters in. Oops!
Did these a couple of days ago, they’re taking time to dry of course, as they’re so big. they’ve changed a bit, I’ve lost a few colours that were large patches and now thin lines 😦 but that happens, not much to do. I make sure canvas is level so the paint doesn’t slide off, try to get consistency right but its the nature of this way of painting that some colours rise and some sink, and so far predicting which will do which is beyond me….and possibly will always be. Fluid art is not for those that need absolute control.
I used around 4-500 ml white and about 70 oz of paint. I knew i needed 28 oz for each canvas, and have found before that its better to mix too much than too little, as stretching the paint to cover canvas losing so much of the interesting shapes, though it does create interesting lines sometimes. I has one full cup left of mixed colours so i did a 12 x 12 swirl painting, and of course, doing the one ad hoc like that, totally unworried about result got me a painting I love. how is that – the ones we worry, fuss, take so much care over sometimes come out really well and sometimes are still a disaster and yet one kind of thrown on the canvas without too much though comes out lovely?
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.