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?

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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? .

updates on some “wet” paintings and the memo boards, and a couple of new works

Its been so cold my paintings are taking forever to dry. This one was done on Nov 15th, and is still tacky in the centre. Its not that big, 16 x 20 ins on deep edge canvas. I had the idea of Northern Lights, but result is a bit “in your face” with colour, not the subtle effect I was thinking. Less colour next time 😉
The art challenge using black and three blues has had first coat varnish
this one I love but really needs to be in good light to catch the glitter or it looks like just dark green/blue and black, it has lots of glitter and metallic paint

a couple that are finally dry and first coat varnish

Braved the cold yesterday to do a quick pour or three….a few memo boards for xmas pressies, and I wanted to play with some new pigments powders I bought, kind of colour shift where colour changes according to light hitting it – the colour shift paints are costly so I bought some pigment for car paints and mixed with my paint medium (floetrol and bindex) . I’m tempted to buy more and paint my wheelchair instead of the boring black it is, or the red of the scooter – though there’s not much left to paint on that after i keep pulling bits off that get broken when i – cough – hit the gates or fence….
I’m hoping this one dries like this, poured over the end of a coke bottle and minimal tilting. If i did it again I’d just fill in corners with colour and leave un-tilted. I pulled some parts with a skewer up and down to make shapes. I just used up colours from my memo boards I’d been making.

The memo boards, I’ve taped off top, then with give 2 coats blackboard paint when dry, and seal tops with decoart triple thick.

Norwich city colours…hmnn…wonder who’ll be getting that one 😉

Didn’t like this one, was a bit too “busy”  so I added some mountains, birds, a castle and a dragon….but will most likely tinker some more – i never know when to stop. Its 20 x 20 ins.

I keep tinkering with the bubbles, another painting I wasn’t happy with so played around. It might have worked better if I did this on one I liked as TBH all I can see is the background I wasn’t happy with. Maybe I’ll cover it in bubbles…..

I finished the first memo boards with decoart triple thick over the painted part, looks a bit like resin, not as nice but easier to do 🙂 you can see where the paint bled under the tape – I’ve gone over that now with blackboard paint.
the top one now sits in my kitchen, with some chalk pens, replacing my scraps of paper taped to fridge!