Hammer smash, tries two and three….

After my abysmal fail the other day I’m trying again. Black background this time with a hammer instead of a mallet. I was really pleased at how it turned out and then….put to one side and forgot to check level. Looked over half hour later to find it had all tilted and run. ah well, tilted a bit more and ended up with this.

Third time’s the charm eh? Finally got a decent hammer smash. Used black background and outlined to create flowers shapes.
I have enjoyed this way of moving paint and can see that it can produce some interesting shapes once you get the hang of the technique. I know in future that I need to use minimal colour as the paint splashes a long way and its one of those “less is more” scenarios….

 

I did a second that I turned into flowers by tweaking the paint and pouring an outline of neat paint. Then used leftovers to do a final board. I hate waste so usually do something like that, may come out well, if not it gets repoured ๐Ÿ˜‰

 

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basic paint mixing video and a failed hammer smash painting!

Well, I’ve played around with all sorts of mixes and additives in my search for the best for me medium. After all that I’ve come back full circle, using just floetrol, paint and water. silicon as wanted. I forgot the alchohol a few times and there seemed no difference so I leave that out too now. Here’s a quick video showing how I mix my paints, and the different brands I use.

Then using those colours I tried for a hammer smash painting. Forgot quite how to do it, used a mallet with a plastic bag over and frankly it was a fail. Looked at more and i need to leave off the bag, and hit much harder!! New attempt later this week….

I ended tilting and tipping the smash, adding more colour, swiping and tilting again. finally put it to one side not happy with it and then next day dropped an acrylic sheet in it while it was still damp….I think the universe was telling that was a fail ๐Ÿ˜‰ Still, a canvas for re-pouring and some lessons learned, and I had fun.ย  I’ll post dry pics of these and what I did with the residue paint in a couple of days.

 

 

Golden Primaries Trial

Golden gave me some samples, among them hansa yellow, pyrrhole red and pthlalo blue. I decided to use these in a negative space painting – and really try to be strict with myself because I fail miserably often with this, using too much colour. Its on a 10 x 8 inch canvas and I’m using little shot cups to mix, total colour for my dirty pour including some white is about 1/3 of a cup – and worked well!
the video shows the process, I’ve premixed the colours, trying to keep it short…usual mix, paint, floetrol, water, silicon. Usually i use 1:1 paint and floetrol but the golden colours are so intense its more like 1 paint to 3 floetrol and could probably go even less. Golden do say their fluid can be diluted 1 to 15 for pouring…..These aren’t fluid but a kind of soft body paint – as in the paint is soft body, not for painting on soft bodies – each to their own though ๐Ÿ˜‰

 

just red, yellow and blue, but I have greens, browns, violets in the final piece.

I also wanted to try a fun challenge, a painting using grey, silver, gold, pink and either white or black. I chose black but TBH it was a disaster. the silver is several years old and as I discovered, gone pretty lumpy. I thought I’d got lumps out but as final work shows I haven’t….

But as always its a learning experience, I would either chose white next time, or a lighter grey, or perhaps less black and grey, have them as accent colours? I might do this again just to see if i can get it better.
I used the run off from both to pour over some rocks for Norfolk Rocks, fun thing where people hide rocks for kids to find…And then the tray with that run off got used for some dips. Some predictably were awful, greyish brown sludge by the end but two came out pretty well.ย  I bought a few fridge magnets so might cut the best bits and put into them.

colours used plus white

I forgot I did a couple with some new fluorescent paints, ordered a few but so far only got green and yellow – but new paints won’t wait ๐Ÿ˜‰ so used a couple of others and did one dirty pour flip cup, and one just a pour.

sadly lost that fab out-of-cup look.
dirty flip cup pour
same colours but poured from cup along canvas. I didn’t like the centre so poured quite a bit to get rid of it.

Last couple of days…

The whole pic, too similar colours IMO

The cold season has struck…but in between sneezes I’ve done a couple of pics. First one here I actually did last week, and as its dried its cracked. I don’t actually mind those, they add a bit extra, but I’m still unsure of whether I like the whole painting. Its a bit Too busy, I used lots of colours, and I think maybe something more pale in parts would give more definition. The colours are just too similar IMO. Its 20 x 20 inches, so for now its sitting in shed while i decide whether to keep or repour.
Close up of cracks.

I’ve been redecorating my dining room, very pale apricot/peachy shade, mid orange curtains, and the old red/orangey pamment tiles – its a house that’s nearly 250 years old and I love these. I thought I’d try a pour painting to go in there in browns, but the first one was a mess, again I used colours that were too similar. I’d done a dirty pour, then swiped (twice) and still didn’t like it, so I mixed some dark violet, poured down the middle and swiped. Its better but whether it will stay….who knows. I put some bits of paper and a canvas to catch the pour-off and got a second painting.

straight after pouring. I think I got the paint a little too thick too.
After adding purple down the centre
let the run off fall onto an old canvas, and swiped with purple

Some swipes and some “pull” paintings – or perhaps “push ” might be more accurate…

I’d been pretty fed up of all the fails – downside to experiments is that lots of them Just Don’t Work – and while I expect that, its still frustrating. So I’ve had a few days of back to basics, just paint, floetrol, water and silicon. Done a few dirty pours then Monday I wanted to do a negative one with metallic paints and try to mimic peacock tail colours….sadly the green dominated, I used gold, blue, green, yellow and purple, but though I only had minimal green I think the blue and yellow combined too much and I ended with a green painting. I like it – but its not really what I wanted.
I used a bamboo skewer to pull out some of the edges, and to try to shape some circles in the green and dipped in to add a little more colour. the photo is while its still wet – they’re taking ages to dry lately, outside in my shed.


I had a bit of dark blue and purple left, so I decided to try something on the resin coated paper. I tipped it over a piece of card, dropped in a bit of non diluted gold and cerulean blue, spread round with palette knife and pressed another piece of card over the top, pressing down really firmly. then peeled back card. It reminds me of encaustic painting when I use an iron, where as I lift the iron the wax collects in shapes. I carried on with a couple more bits of card, then decided to try it on two bits of board. I scraped out all the purple and gold I had, squeezed on more of both straight from tube, plus cerulean blue and repeated above process. I did it a few times before I was happy. Not sure what I’ll do with these but it was fun ๐Ÿ˜‰ I couldn’t resits a bit of glitter over them too….

The resin coated card

Still on the metallic theme i tried a swipe yesterday, its on canvas 20 in by 8 in. I poured lines of colour, dark purple divided into two and metallic medium added to one, same with the cerulean blue, a dark blue, magenta, pale pink, and gold, with some oyster pearl added to the pink and magenta. then white at both ends. And…. swipe – I loved the way it was straight away but the pic is about an hour later and somehow the cells lose some of their definition. I think maybe I have too much paint – I’ll try with less and see if that helps.
I’m hoping the metallic shows up more once its dry, and noticed as it was drying that some of the darker colours and the gold were slowly popping through. I like this one even though it wasn’t as crisp as I’d like.
Today the plan is to clean silicon of some dry ones ready for varnishing. and tidy my work space and add fresh paper….no painting, but somehow I think one might just sneak in ๐Ÿ˜‰
I’ve put a recent card one in a frame and its hanging in my kitchen.

 

update on the Golden paints, and what else I’ve painted this week.

now its dry the gold really shows well.

I’m really happy with the fluid paints, the gold and magenta, and the phtlalo blue, incredibly rich colours and i didn’t need to use much paint which of course makes them a lot more economical.

I knew I loved the golden range, have used heavy body ones in the past but thought the way I use paint that these little fluid bottles would be too expensive. they are costly, but given i only needed a little to get the intensity of colour I wanted they’re not as costly as expected. I could probably have used less than I did too.
I find often when acrylics dry not only do they lose that lovely glossy sheen but the colours change, occasionally seem darker but more often lighter, but these were very close to the original colour. ( The gloss can be put back via a varnish when dry BTW) I did add a little of the tube of medium to the black on a black negative painting and it dried with a lovely soft sheen which looks good.

The Goldengold again, plus a bit of the quinacridone magenta from Golden. you can see the sheen on the black, this is dry paint.

Its not all a tube black but some of that mixed with some very dark blue/red/purple run off from another painting. i got quantities wrong and hate waste so decided I’d mix that with some ready made black, a squeeze of the Golden gel medium and use for black negative space. One worked, one wasn’t so good but the black on both came out well. ย I haven’t varnished it yet, it will be interesting to see if just one coat brings up the shine, usually i do at least two, probably three before I’m happy. I have done five on one work…Polycrylic minwax is my preferred varnish.
I’ve finally finished a 20 x 20 inch commission, and I’m really pleased. this has the minwax varnish, four coats and is lovely and glossy.

its got tiny dots and seams of frost blue mica, mixed with medium. the medium dries clear leaving just the mica showing
This one is on canvas board, about 20 x 16 I think. I had it the tiniest bit out of level and you can see where the paint moved at the top, but I quite like the way its left slow trails…I had lots of white and nine colours in this. A dirty pour using three cups.
a failed painting over a failed painting and still I wasn’t happy so after swiping, scrpaing and tilting and threw the little leftover bits of paint at it and dropped in some acrylic inks I had lurking in the shed…..and I quite like it now ๐Ÿ˜‰ The first painting I ever sold was a Jackson Pollock inspired one, pre digital photos though so I’ve no pics.
Some leftover paint I scraped up from under the main pic, the canvasboard one above. using those scrapings as the base, with bits of pure colour dropped in to make a dirty pour
negative painting using the golden Magenta

 

video of the resin coated card and light MDF trials

I mentioned these in a post a few days back ย here

I’ve got the video uploaded now if anyone wants to see them in action and they’ve dried pretty much as they looked when wet – aside from the usual glossy loss, but varnish will sort that. I’ve uploaded dry but pre varnish pics below to show.

As someone has pointed out its in portrait not landscape mode. My bad, sorry. I’ve been working on getting less glare and ensuring I’m out of the way as much as I can and completly missed that.
I’m really pleased with the board and have ordered more, this is A4 size, but I’d like to try larger to see if it warps at all then. there’s a very tiny bend, upwards oddly, in this one, barely noticeable unless it’s laid on a flat surface, and could be a one off, maybe i had too much paint or a little too thick perhaps? I’ll see when I’ve tied more but for now I’m happy. They’ll be easier to store too than canvas, taking up less room. That’s a problem when you’re a prolific artist *blush* and haven’t much space in studio…..

this one is on board, but i didn’t have enough paint and tilted so much i lost all my lovely cells…
this one is on card, I used more paint, tipped less.
section of above painting when dry. See how the colours have split.

I hate giving up so had yet another try with housepaint. Aiming for a negative space and using an icing bag, i worked on the A4 MDF. Got too much colour – no surprise there, and when it dried, usual issue of the colours splitting and separating. One of the paints I’d used was a new sparkly clear one and that really shows up on the original and actually the separation kind of works but its not want I want to happen every time.

Last night i was cleaning some of silicon and varnishing a couple more and just had to have a quick play using one of the Golden colours, and its fabulous. A really rich, ย transparent magenta and where it bleeds into the white I love it. another negative space attempt, I’m getting there…It was over one i did last week that I didn’t like. that was a pour that failed, swiped, added more colours swiped again and still didn’t like it so when it was dry I reused it. Clearly these boards are pretty robust.

Lighting isn’t great but you get the idea…
This is the fail I used and painted over for the above image.