I know, another obsession brewing, heh! But look!
I’m just showing two bits of the same painting here, because it changes all the time – but this is just acrylic paint and water on a canvas. I’m just loving the tiny detailed swirls. Its a small canvas 30 x 40cm, but the entire thing looks like marble. I’m looking forward to it drying so I can varnish it and bring out the colours.
Hi!! How ARE you? Want to see what I’ve been doing recently? Well, come and have a seat and I will show you. Ok, so…..I have recently been looking at pouring paint videos on Youtube and the results are really pretty and so much fun to do. Thing is, you need a special medium to mix with the acrylic paint in order to make it flow (acrylic paint dries really fast). I don’t actually like mediums because they stink to high heaven and you really have to be careful not to get it on your skin. Plus its not something you can use with kids – well I wouldn’t anyway.
So, I thought I would use what I have already. I chose my bright colourful poster paints, that I was using for paper mache projects. I poured it onto canvas to see what would happen.
I like the way the colour keeps itself clean and doesn’t blend immediately with the other colours.
I dried it with a hairdryer to quicken the process (because I’m impatient like that) and it took less than an hour.
It dries matte, which I don’t like as it shows the texture of the canvas through. It looks much better when its wet.
When I did leave it alone to dry in its own good time (about two days), it develops air bubbles. Not a good look.
I have seen people simply diluting acrylic paint with water, but really, the amount of paint you need is ridiculous PLUS about 2/3 of it gets wasted down the plughole (bad eco vibes there), AND the loss of colour vibrancy, is just not my idea of fun at all. I do prefer the poster paint idea if I can get to loving the matte textured look and sitting drying it for nearly an hour. Hmmm, big ask. But anyway, it was fun and I’m glad I did it for the learning curve.