Latest plays, some bright cells,

I’ve had a few disasters, downside of trying new things, some work, some don’t, so decided to stick with my tried and trusted mix, but see if I can get cells with more than one colour deliberately, I’ve had it happen accidentally, but wondered if I could influence the process.
Did a small one first, this is 4 x 4 inches 
Then I moved to a larger canvas, 6 x 18 ins I think. I’m pleased with this one but the second didn’t come right, and I swiped too many times, making the colours join and just become too orange, no contrast . One for painting over later 😉 There’s a video of this one at the end of this post. Sorry, you get a bit of me upside down at the end, didn’t switch tablet off properly….oops!  too much swiping blended the colours and lost any contrast. Here;s the fails, I tried swiping with pink, didn’t like the result but that could just be my colour choices. I swiped with matallic blue on one last week and liked that.

I’m still thinking over this one, whether to keep or repaint. Its not what I was after but I quite like the subtle effects and soft colours. Its another 6 x 18 in canvas

Video for the bright 6 x 18 painting.

painting with grandkids

Tan and two of the kids staying so we painted yesterday. Bren first, he’s almost 6, and chose the colours, black instead of white. we were doing swipes, with random colours, not lines and TBH we had too much paint – my fault entirely, so first swipes didn’t really work so took a second ( and 3rd and 4th for mine…) and I think there’s too much black. Bren’s happy though so that’s what counts.

Bren’s painting

Then Beth wanted to paint and Bren wanted to do another. She’d seen a negative one I’d done so we were after that effect, dirty cup drag was used. Bren doesn’t like the white ( that’s a nice picture Nanny, but you need to paint over this white bit….) so he filled in his by swiping. Its possible mine and Beths are labelled wrong way round…can’t rememeber now which was which. will do when i see them in situ 😉

mine
Beth’s painting
Bren’s painting – he didn’t want white parts.

 

two big fails, two possibles, and finally think I’ve found what works(ish) with housepaint. .

well, Saturday saw me using black, white, red, yellow as Nathan did so well earlier in the week. Too much black though, and on the rectangular one I ended up swiping over with acetate. Both are just awful so will be base for incarnation two….

4 x 4 inches

Sunday I tried again, first one had more colour than I wanted but…maybe it’ll grow on me, second was disaster, tilted too much and colours just ran together. Added more colours dotted over and swiped with spatula, better but still not good, so added white to each end and swiped with acetate. Still hated it so scraped off and tried again with what paint was left. still ended up swiping with acetate. I quite like the grey lacing effect but overall its one that I need to think about. Might end up keeping both , might just paint over 😉 You know how it goes, sometimes there’s a run of unsuccessful paintings. these had liquitex PM, but I think it was simply user error, paints wrong selection, too heavy handed, too much colour, too thickly applied, too much fiddling. All and any of those.

My experiment with just water and dulux seems to have worked, there’s a little splitting but none of the cracking when i used it with floetrol or LPM. I think though I’m sticking with artist white, use the dulux for priming canvas and wood. and maybe in the house if i need it….

section of painting showing splits, but these look as though they mean to be there, where the cracks don’t.

Trying 99.9% alchol and updates on other works

I’m trying a higher % alcohol as I saw it recommended. TBH I’m not sure what difference alcohol makes but I did get some biggish cells with this mix. I did a simple swipe using black on a 4×4 inch canvas. I also used the same colours in a larger rectangular one but that didn’t have such large cells, however I did feel the acetate sheet settling into the paint rather than swiping over on that one, and had to recover a few spots so that could be the reason. I need to play more before I can definitely say there’s a difference, but given price is similar I’ll probably use this as default just in case…..
Edit: Update on the housepaint experiments.  They took a long while to dry, and yestrday I noticed lots of cracking on the sunflowers and the blue abstract. That’s only happened to me before when i used PVA glue instead of floetrol. It may be that I need more floetrol, it may be that its housepaint instead of my usual artists white or – and I think this is the cause – it may be that the white was too thick.
I do have issues with consistency and looking at vid and remembering it was quite thick, didn’t really flow well. I’ve got a couple of others drying that have the housepaint white and a floetrol ratio same as this, but where paint is thinner so when they dry that should tell me if I’m right and its that paint was too thick, or if its actually the lower floetrol. I might try two small ones, just pour the white as a thin and thick mix and see how they dry. I think that would show me a definite cause.

Experimenting with dimethicon instead of treadmill silicon

So yesterday found me trying this out – and the results were great. If I can replicate them so I know it wasn’t one of those flukes, you know – when things go perfect despite what you do – then i’ll be sticking with this.

I’ve been using all sorts of silicon, some successfully some not. I found the spray went everywhere but it the pots, the cosmetic silicon left “holes” and thin spots in canvas sometimes, and the treadmill works OK, but still limited cells. So took the plunge and bought silicone number 4, some dimethicon.
I used the dulux paint for white, added silicone to colours, some blues, pinks and purples, a couple of which are metallic. They’re still pretty wet today, and the sunflower from friday is drying nicely but still not there. Not sure if its weather ot the dulux paint but we’ve (fingers crossed it stays) some sun today so that should help.
I’m trying to get best place for video to minimise glare and give a good shot of me working, showing the actual painting but still haven’t got there. sorry, Its a tight space though and little room for manouevre, but I will keep working at it and thanks for your patience so far.
I tried another flower one like the sunflower but a hydrangea this time. It was going well…til it wasn’t. I overworked it, fiddled too much, used too much colour and it was a mess. Left it as it was raining my my scooter getting wet. came back couple of hours later and i just didn’t like it so i mixed up quickly some more colors, red, yellow and ornage and used the little that was left in pots plus these, poured over at random and swiped the whole thing with acetate and love the result. its got a little gold sparkle dropped on too. today I want to see if I can get gold lacing….well, it might work abd ts fun trying.

this is the messy hydrangea. I just did Not Like it – knew I’d never be happy with it as it was so more paint and a good swipe turned it into the next one.

Housepaint and less floetrol more water

the inspiration. From Morrisons not home grown though 😦

Edit: Sadly the paint WAS too thick and this cracked badly on drying. I’ve a couple of others still drying where I used the housepaint but much thinner and so far they look OK. I should have thought when the colours didn’t “run” into the white, creating shapes but kind of sat there. Still, learning curve. I have LOTS of those!!

I wanted to paint a sunflower so took one with me to play with in my shed. Dulux housepaint for white, plus a lemon and a cad yellow, a green i mixed to get shade i wanted – added more yellow and white for stem and a van dyke brown. Colours were R&L, and Shminke -oh and some gold mica, i’m all about the sparkle. I was experimenting with less floetrol and more water but forgot the alchohol so it was two different things, i like to only change one at a time. I used about 20% floetrol to paint then thinned with water. added a couple drops silicon (treadmill) to colours only. tiny dirty pour for the brown centre, then tipped round a dirty pour yellow mix, and blew petals with a straw, then pulled out some of the edges with a bamboo skewer to create shapes. poured green for leaves and did the same, then lightened it and poured stem, swiped bits and pulled bits for shape.

It worked really well, even though I forgot to add alcohol….of course was it a one off or can i do it again. well, I want to try roses, foxgloves, sunflowers before being certain of that! I love flower paintings, and am having fun with this.

so…more flowers tomorrow or more on the experiments list??

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Edit: this took a long while to dry, and yesterday I noticed lots of cracking. thats only happened to me before when i used PVA glue instead of floetrol. It may be that I need more floetrol, it may be that its housepaint instead of my usual artists white or – and I think this is the cause – it may be that the white was too thick, I do have issues with consistency and looking at vid and remembering it was quite thick, did’nt really flow well. I’ve got a couple of others drying that have the housepaint white and a floetrol ratio same as this, but where paint is thinner so when they dry that should tell me if I’m right and its that paint was too thick, or if its actually the lower floetrol. I might try two small ones, just pour the white as a thin and thick mix and see how they dry. I think that would show me a definite cause.

experimenting with housepaint instead of artists white

the painting is awful, but the purpose was to test the housepaint and I’m happy with its performance. Wondering now if I might try a few housepaint colours, test pots maybe? I wouldn’t use them for the more expensive works but these are around £20-40 so I think its fine. I think they’re the kind of paintings people want to go with decor more than falling in love with a subject and wanting to keep it years.
this is closer to what I want, the white looks yellowish but dries up bright white. still a bit too much colour for what I was aiming and I only used two ting pots dark blue, like a prussian, and alizarin red.

I saw Dulux matt white was on offer on Amazon – or maybe just a mistake and I got lucky – at £10 for five litres. Given the W&N or R&L artists white i usually use is around £10 -14 for 500 ml that would make a great saving, especially the way I go through paints….I figured if it didn’t work i’d have paint ready next time we need to decorate.

I wanted to see if it gave the same kind of results. TBH this pic Nathan (grandson no 3) and I did came out pretty horrible but the paint was fine, and this morning looks the same as any with artists white. Rather than keep opening a big tub though and risking it drying, plus getting dirt in I’m planning to pour some into a smaller tub. In fact I might use an old floetrol container and premix to the right consistency ready to paint. That would save time and be handy for those times when i find i’m a tiny bit too short of paint and do a rapid quick mix to finish!
Not happy with the first pic I tried again later last night and this one is much better. I can see the paint that isn’t yet dry has a yellow/cream tint but the dry areas don#t show it and the earlier one is fine so I think that’s just a quirk that won’t show in final pic.
I was originally aiming for negative image in the video but as usual things went wrong. I mixed up van dyke brown, orange, burnt sienna and some gold mica and the white of course but I’d too much colour and Nathan didn’t like the white area so we tilted, added, swiped and finally ran a sheet of acetate over the whole thing. That’s not on the video, did it after filming….NB: Both are pre-used and gessoed canvasses. I hate waste. The brown one with probably get reused again!

I am trying to cut down video size, but somehow seem to be failing so far….I’ll try harder, promise, til then there’s always FF button 😉

Today’s plan is sunflowers. I’ve some fab ones in the kitchen, and I wondered if I could paint them but in a kind of abstract way with this pouring/blowing method of paint manipulation. I like a challenge!

 

Edit: this took a long while to dry, and yesterday I noticed lots of cracking. that’s only happened to me before when i used PVA glue instead of floetrol. It may be that I need more floetrol, it may be that its housepaint instead of my usual artists white or – and I think this is the cause – it may be that the white was too thick, I do have issues with consistency and looking at vid and remembering it was quite thick, didn’t really flow well. I’ve got a couple of others drying that have the housepaint white and a floetrol ratio same as this, but where paint is thinner so when they dry that should tell me if I’m right and its that paint was too thick, or if its actually the lower floetrol. I might try two small ones, just pour the white as a thin and thick mix and see how they dry. I think that would show me a definite cause.
Edit 2: Tried thinner paint in case paint was too thick, tried adding PVA as some discussions suggest, but I still get cracking, though a different cracking with the PVA, kind of wider, more like a separation of paint than a crack. I’m going to use what I’ve premixed but think I’ll stick to artists white, and use the dulux as a gesso, or for the house walls!