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
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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 πŸ˜‰ 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 πŸ˜‰
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. Β 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 πŸ˜‰ 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

 

Trying out the Golden fluid acrylic samples

I’ve gone for a swipe painting using three samples of paint kindly provided by Golden, and some of my other paints.
The golden ones were Fluid paints Iridescent Gold and quinacridone Magenta, and Open slow drying Phthalo blue ( green shade). I’ve also got samples or red and yellow plus a heavy gel medium, but I’m not using them in this video.
I’ve used my standard floetrol,paint, water and dimethicone mix.
I’ve done a simple swipe, and I loved the first effect but I had so much paint it moved…a lot, and i didn’t like it. So after about an hour I swiped again hoping to get some cell definition.

I like it but I have lost that lovely rich intensity from the first swipe.

First swipe…a bit too much paint. always an issue for me πŸ˜‰
secoind swipe brings up cells again but loses that richness of colour

 

I love these colours, as it happens those rich intense blue and magenta are some of my favourite colours, and of course Gold…well looking at my glitter, iridescent and metallic paint collection its obvious i love me some sparkle! Its not just paints, creeps into the house decor, my clothes, shoes and garden too….
I’ve used these gold, blue and red in other paintings, as can be seen on the video. I will certainly look to buy more as i need to replace some colours, they are expensive but a little goes a very long way as the colours are so dense and rich. I especially love the way both the red and the blue “bled” into white on a couple of other works I’d done.
I’ll be using the red and yellow in a video soon, next week probably, I’ve a craft fair on this Saturday so busy preparing for that. Fingers crossed for some sales, more space in studio and more money for paint!! Maybe a few more golden fluids πŸ˜‰

 

Some Golden samples I’ll be trying soon, and another housepaint fail.

Well, I emailed Golden with blog links, saying I liked to experiment and was there any chance of samples and the answer was …Yes πŸ™‚ and these arrived two days later!


As it happens they’re colours I love and use a lot, pthlalo blue, a rich clear yellow and magenta, I love those, and if i could only have 3 colours of paint they’d be my choice. I love to use gold too ( I’m sure no-one has noticed that!!) but the pyrrole red is a new to me colour. Looks to me like a slightly orange toned scarlet.
For those interested in density the gold has on the side the colours its made from so that could be worked out. Useful info.
I’ve used Golden texture mediums in the past, but not this one, might be fun to add into just one colour and see if it creates a pour with texture – or that might be a huge fail…who knows, that’s the fun for me. Seeing what happens when I ….
The leaflet isn’t clear in my photo but I’m sure their website has a copy, there’s loads of info there.
I’m going to try Liquitex too, but that has to be snail mail, can’t find an email on their site. Those two are my favourite for acrylic paints, used lots of both in my pre pouring days but tend to stick to the cheaper paints for pouring given I use so much. In the four/five months I’ve been doing this I’ve used around 8 litres floetrol, 1 l LPM, a few other mediums and varnishes I’ve tried ( and given up on some – PVA!) and bought perhaps 20 500ml of colours in additions to the substantial lot I had left from my previous painting days. I used to fund my painting from sales, never sold a huge amount but enough to buy more paints and canvas but I’m working at a deficit here. Still, its my main hobby, the reading is supported by ARC reviews and I don’t drink or smoke so for the pleasure I get I reckon its worth it. Of course sample paints like this mean Free Fun so I was so happy to get them.
Interestingly having bought a few “liquid/high flow” paints in small pots recently I find I actually use far less than when i’m using the big heavy body pots, the colours are very dense so maybe it doesn’t work out as expensive as I thought using high flow paints. Perhaps that should be a future experiment, weight of paint to get the same intensity of colour, though I’d need to factor in more floetrol or LPM to get same volume perhaps?
I can’t seem to give up on house paint yet despite my repeated vow not to try any more. I look at the other wonderful pics put up using it and have to have “just one more try” – well, I used floetrol and water in the next two aiming for negative space. I used an icing bag but as usual too much colour so that didn’t work, and the second one was a mess so got swiped and swiped, and last of the pink spread over middle and swipe again. I figure if i don’t like it anyway what’s to lose? I still don’t like it so that’s another repour!Β Β 
The white looks ok when i use it, flows really well and initially looks good but as it dries it seems to go sort of grainy where it interacts with colour and leaves the colour looking wrong.Β 
I’ll see if I can get better photos some time, its almost dry now, then show you what I mean.
I did a quick spider web swirl yesterday for Nathan, he really liked my one with leftover paint from the other day. He picked a rectangular board though and as I tried to swirl to cover more we lost the shape. Note to self: cover sides with white or colour next time to crate round/square centre. I did pull the paint through but we lost those lines too…Learning curve – there’s no such thing as a mistake, as getting it wrong, its all learning experience.

Advice from Golden, and an update on experiments

I’ve always loved Golden and Liquitex paints and used them in my painting but with pouring acrylics I go through so much paint its just not feasible to use them solely 😦 Yesterday I thought I’d write/email them to see if they’ve any samples I can use for testing and show in the blog and got a lovely reply back saying yes! I forgot to say I was in UK though but hopefully I’ll still get them. They also pointed out this link

http://www.justpaint.org/understanding-the-techniques-of-pouring-acrylics/

which is packed with advice on Golden high flow paints and pouring. I have seen it before ( we pouring artists seem to devour up advice on the net!!) but it bears repeating.
After reading this I’m thinking I might try using alchohol to thin my heavy body acrylics instead of water, maybe before i add floetrol or similar…
Lately I’ve been doing so many experiments and they’ve all gone bad – well, almost all, and that’s why there’s not been much here. I’ve a few waiting to be photo’d and I’ll add them soon but most just got scraped off. Yesterday I just went back to basics, paint, floetrol, water and dimethicon. I forgot the alchohol….and i did get what i hope will dry into a good painting. Sometimes they look great wet but the paint keep changing and they dry very different.
This one was a negative space attempt, that went wrong, got swiped, swiped again, scraped up and tilted, and ended with first pic. Added lots more red and purple and swiped again and got pic two. I’m still uncertain whether to keep or paint over. It might grow in me πŸ˜‰ I don’t hate it but its not got anything special either. On these first three i used a mix of elmers glue-all and floetrol. I’m still not convinced of glue though and as it costs for elmers in uk, and the pva here I’ve tried don’t work for me i’m avoiding them once I’ve used them up. Others get great works, not me though.

another neg space that went wrong so i tilted it but still don’t like it. I knew if i swiped the colours would just merge unless i added more and i’d run out of time – so a repour on this one.

these two I was trying out a cheap white craft paint, I use loads of white ans as i just can’t seem to make housepaint work for me i thought i’d give this a try. It isn’t one I’ll use again unless i want a grainy effect. I quite like the way it splits and goes grainy on the first but the second, started as neg space and then i tilted and …well, i think i’d got paint too thin too this time so one repour, possibly two πŸ™‚

I’ve a 20 x 20 ice/fire commission so practised on a couple of small ones first. I did a video of these, dif PM for each, floetrol and liquitex i think though I can’t quite remember. I’ll upload the video in a few days if i haven’t already. Had some internet issues…it happens. The two small ones were – well, but’s i like but overall they may be repours, i’m not sure yet. Its funny how often paintings I don’t like, not just pouring ones but my others, are the ones that sell, and those i love languish lonely in the studio or house.

So when i did the big ones, I changed it up. I used a mix of floetrol and LPM for these. The blue is a mica mix and very metallic looking. plus though you can’t see it there’s a fine silver glitter dusting. Love the first one, luckily so does the client, second was a swipe gone wrong, a repour one πŸ˜‰ I seem to have loads of those lately.

wasn’t going to paint yesterday but had some leftover colour from Tuesday, the blue and pink grainy ones which i’d dropped into one cup and left, so mixed up a quick bit of orange, metallic green, black and purple to go with the two blues, yellow, magenta and tiny bit of white Β  in the cup, and did a dirty pour on a canvas I’d painted black over one I didn’t like. I’m pleased with how it came out, back to my basics with this, floetrol and paint 50/50, water to thin and some dimethicon. I’ve tried loads of different stuff now, but somehow floetrol or LPM works best for me and as I paint a lot ( and waste a lot) and floetrol is cheaper that’s what i use. If someone wants to pay extra for archival materials i keep the LPM for that, hopefully floetrol will last many years but there’s no data to support it while LPM is designed to do just that, and carries a price tag to match.
And is pouring – with rain not paint! today so don’t think I’ll be able to get out. cold too so fire is lit and maybe its a reading day. I do need to hoover, and TBH the oven needs cleaning, I keep putting it off but maybe its the day to do it as i can’t paint. we’ll see πŸ˜‰

What I’ve been doing this past week….

Busy week having lots of fun. Did some painting with grandkids. Spent Β some trying to get those elusive large cells, did some negative painting, some experimenting with new additives, and a couple more with house-paint. And tried a few different ideas.

yesterday’s ribbon pour ( well that’s what I call it, there may be a “proper” term but its like a dirty pour tipped slowly. this is over an old canvas, that had some texture, small stones and plaster on the sirface!
attempting large cells – getting there. This was blowing silicon over the surface. It has changed a bit as it dried…

I’m giving up on house-paint, I just can’t make it work for me…others use it with great results but for me whether with just water, pva, floetrol or a mix of all it, whether i use it thick or thin, satin or emulsion, it either cracks or the paints separate so I’m sticking to artists acrylics.

house paint and water, cracked
housepaint and water made thinner, paint separated
housepaint with floetrol, paint still separates

Tried for some negative space works, as usual I added too much colour. But like the results of the first one even though it wasn’t what i was after. Second will get a repaint probably.

playing with negative space
and again negative space was the aim but i used too much colour – that happens alot to me!

Trying for some nice bright cells. I think these were the ones I used coconut oil with, definitely did on the one I collaborated with Nathan, purple one.

cant rememeber what i was aiming for with these two, probably bright colours – i tend to let them mix too much when tilting and end dissatisfied.

Nathan was determined wed do a collaboration piece. He took one side, me the other. He chose colours, we used the same but different mixes and simply poured and tilted. He had much more purple in his mix.
trying a swirl with dirty cup leaving negative space….as usual too much colour.
Beth had the idea to paint a sycamore leaf and place in the white paint.

 

Im pretty happy with these two – trying for biggish cells

Beth was inspired by some cake feathering we have done in the past. Looks good I think, something else to try

I didn’t like the first one below, so swiped it – and swiped a couple more times and ended up with the next pic. Too bland for me, so one to paint over. wished I’d left it as it was πŸ˜‰