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.

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A pour through the top of a fruit shoot cup, and a few of my latest paintings

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 πŸ˜‰ 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.

the dry image, varnish will being back the brightness
a swipe with black
a ring style pour then lines created with stick. then some glass shreds added over the black, just cos I like it! I think there’s a bit of silver glitter over it too.
a ring pour that was meh….so i added more lines when dry and some sparkles…still not really sure about it TBH. I’m going to resin it to seal in the sparkles but I might add some dark brown first
wet painted woodcuts, I’ve added some sparkels and some shredded glass on dinosaur and fishes. I’ve also added a little detail now they’re dry like lines on fins and some dark on tail of fox and some face details
Don’t think I’ve shown this one before, sorry of I have. It was a so-so purple pour so I painted black round some circles, added details and glitter.

 

a 30 x 30 inch canvas, largest pour yet

 

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.

trying to fix cracking with minwax varnish issues.

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.

flooded left side, brushed usual layer on right. The flooded layer did come out better than the brushed layer but cracking still showed through.
you can see over the white area on the left how the flooded minwax filled the cracks better
side on view

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 πŸ˜‰ 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.

the flood minwax does give a fabulous shine. I am going to try to get it better though.

one coat minwax applied with silicon applicator, not flooded.

 

one coat minwax applied thinly ( not flooded) with silicon applicator

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.

Update on what I’ve been painting.

Not been writing much here recently. the house is finally sold, well in principle, and I’ve found a bungalow to buy so packing and culling of junk has been going on. good news is I put a few horse oddments on eBay and made Β£91 and spent Β£95 πŸ˜‰ on some new golden fluid acrylics. I love those, the colours are so intense and though they are tiny bottles you need very little. I haven’t had many in the past, but golden sent me some samples last year and I’d forgotten how vibrant they are.

So, updates…as its too cold in studio I’ve been mostly working on ones I wasn’t happy with, adding something to create a new painting, rather than just re-pouring. Its been great fun.
This one I tried to turn into a beach scene, but it cracked, too much paint i think…

This pour reminded me of rain. It started as a dirty pour, which got swiped, colour added etc and reswiped until i was -kind of – happy. Its got to have a bird now though looking in the window according to the grandkids, so that’s today’s project.

this one looked a bit lacking on its own so it became a peacock – I didn’t intend him to be quite so in-your-face, but subtle isn’t a strong point when I’m painting.

I forgot a “before ” image for this, it was a colourful swipe that made me think of gardens. Again there’s metallic paints and micas, as with the peacock. I want to resin this one, and maybe the peacock one too.

This one got turned sideways and some trees poured, with bits pulled out for branches. I have done a little more definition of the branches since, and a few high and low lights.

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A boring one which had lots of white bubble effect parts became the kingfisher diving.
Don’t know what to do with these two yet, the first may develop into a couple of blowsy flowers…

And finally after loads of failed flip cup dirty pours I didn’t “flip” this one but layered in the same way and tipped it quickly, pulling back and got Some Decent Cells. though I lost a few on tipping, but I’m still happy with result!