Lately I have experimented with liquid acrylic paint. The first two attempts of doing a dirty pour did not come out as expected which determined me to try it once more. The previous failed attempts were not quite a disaster, nor a total waste of acrylic paint. It's just that they turned out differently than what I had in mind when I decided I wanted to give it a try.
Here's my first attempt of doing a dirty pour:
I learnt that I needed to:
- add a layer of medium all over the canvas prior to the dirty pour in order to have the paint sliding easily
- ensure the paint is liquid and there are no blobs of paint left inside the cups
- prepare enough mix of paint and medium to cover the whole surface of the canvas
- use good quality acrylic paint which is not older than a few months
- cover the working area with a big disposable plastic sheet
- be ready to save some paint from the pour and use it on other smaller canvases as a background
- add at first colour that I want to see on top of the painting (the colour at the bottom of the container will be the on surface after the pour)
- split the mix (paint and medium) in two or more different cups depending on the size of the canvas.
- make sure any excess of paint is removed to prevent cracks
- have an idea on how and where I want to have the paint flowing
- use silicon to obtain the cells
- avoid having too many colours merging
- ensure all sides of the canvas are covered by paint
- have around a lot of tissues around to clean up the drops of paint
Here's the second attempt of a dirty pour:
Materials used for the diptych
6-8 small plastic cups
2 plastic bowls to prepare the pour(s)
2 canvases (100cm x 30cm)
2 bottle of Pouring Medium (500ml each)
Acrylic Paint (I used Maimeri brand)
- Titanium White
- Permanent Violett Reddish
- Cadmium Yellow Deep Hue
- Crimson Red
I started by squeezing some colours into the plastic cups and adding small quantities of the pouring medium. I mixed them gently until I obtained a fluid paint.
I also used orange, a lighter shade of violet and two tones of red and yellow by mixing the colours. I did not wish to have only dark colours on the canvas.
Once I had all the colours prepared in the small plastic cups, I added them one by one into the bigger plastic bowls. Then I flipped them over and placed them on the canvas. I kept them in place for half of minute, allowing the paint to slide off the cup into the canvas, then I removed the cups.
That's where the fun part began. I tried to control the flow of the paint by tilting the canvas gently in different directions until the whole surface was covered in paint. Then I placed the canvas on a small box which allowed the paint to drip off and dry slowly without getting glued or stuck into anything.
It's a really messy process because you are wasting a lot of paint. Though I can tell you that is totally worth it! I loved how the colours looked like while they were still wet, as they were a bit more intense.
It took about 3-4 days to have the paintings fully dried. Let's have a look at the final result:
Did you note that the darker shade of violet got closer to black? I was contented I had added a lighter shade, otherwise I would have had too much black on it.
I am happy with the final result and so is its new owner who commissioned me!
Here are some of my art related posts:
UNDER THE BLUE -MAKING OF
DRAGON - MAKING OF
ART THERAPY, WHAT THE HECK IS THAT?
FUN WITH ACRYLICS
MAGICAL UNICORN- MAKING OF
MUSHROOM TABLE- DIY
WHAT SPARKS YOUR CREATIVITY?
LET YOUR INNER CHILD IGNITE YOUR CREATIVITY
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