Friday, February 2, 2018

Acrylic Pouring.

So I saw the videos on YouTube and Facebook and I got sucked in.  It is fascinating.  It's all set up but the painting is quick, and if you did well it is super amazing, and if you didn't sometimes it still looks great. 

Things I've learned:

1.  Purple and green, not so much

On a first attempt, I tried purple and green, only to find the results horrible.  Case in point, see exhibit A.

My friend Margo, who is very clever, named this one Frog in a Blender.  I'm sure you can see why.  I don't know what moment of genius led me to add red to this particular party, but I deeply regret it. 

After, I added more paint and tilted again, and the title was changed to I Think it is the Hulk, But I'm Not Wearing My Glasses.

2.  Thinner paint is better, because it swirls and mixes better.

3.  Use plenty of paint mixture.

4.  For cells, don't touch or tilt much.  Also, use your silicone.

5. My ratio is something like 2 parts floetrol to 1 part glue to .5 parts paint, and enough water to make it runny (compare it to melted ice cream--learned that from YouTube).  I use artist's acrylic, student level.  Three drops silicone.  DO NOT MIX THE SILICONE MUCH AT ALL.  VERY GENTLY.

6.  If all else fails, and you hate it, do a swipe. It usually makes it tolerable.

7.  If it isn't tolerable, then wipe the canvas and have a do over.  See Frog in a Blender.

8.  Yellow is so hard to mix.  Also, watch pure reds.  Mix those far more than you think you should.  However, the yellow clumps left behind are pretty cool looking. 

It's a lot of fun, and sometimes they dry different than they started, and the reactions keep happening, so it is exciting to keep checking and seeing what develops.

But you know, it's addictive.  Also, it's the gateway to resin art, and that's when you start dropping the real money.  

I hope you've found this helpful, and if you have questions, please let me know.  Most of these pieces are available on my Etsy.  You can also find my mom's on there.

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