Pour 6, on ACEO CB

Getting started… dripped paint mixtures directly on ACEO size canvas board.
WIP: tilt, turn, blow, and even shake a bit trying to control paint flow
Pour #6: colors shift, darken as it dries.
So much for using painter’s tape and handles… still ended up with a messy back.
Finishing back with matte black… signed with my artist symbol.
The “YO” stands for Youngstown, Ohio

Liner Notes

  • PAINT: Plaid Apple Barrel liquid acrylics (black, wild iris, parrot blue); Plaid Extreme Glitter (silver)
  • FLOW MEDIUM: diluted Elmer’s Glue-ALL
  • ADDITIVE: Hoppe’s 9 gun oil
  • GROUND: 2.5 x 3.5 inch (ACEO size) canvas board prepped by covering back with painters tape, adding sticks for handles, and wetting top surface with water.
  • HEAT: waved a Bic lighter and blew on it (so need a torch thing)

Working on the little canvas board was much easier to control the flow, perhaps because ACEO is my favorite size. Stick handles helped, kept my fingers off the edges. I still ended up with a messy back.

I’m not sure if adding a couple drops of gun oil did anything. I used it because don’t have any silicone, which is the suggested additive in most of the tutorial videos, and figured Hoppe’s 9 is one of the best “fine oils” for anything. I’ll buy silicone and one of those heat torch things when I’m able to go shopping again. I don’t wander much when the streets are icy.

Oh, I’ve been making ACEO size art for so long that I forget that not everyone know what an ACEO is… ACEO is an acronym for “Art Cards, Editions and Originals” which is just miniature art, any medium, that measures 2.5 x 3.5 inches. Most are thin like sports cards, but there is no rule on thickness. Some people call this size ATC for “Artist Trading Cards” and yes, ATC and ACEO are the exact same size. It’s one of those things that are the same but not the same… the only difference is what you do with them. Artist Trading Cards are meant to be traded (never sold) and traded exclusively between artists as a means to network, share techniques, etc. Call it an ACEO and you can do whatever you want with it… sell it, trade it, no exclusive bull, anyone (not just artists) are “allowed” to collect art in this size. Considering the old masters traded (or sold) their art cards for food, lodging, and other things they needed; I stand with the ACEO crowd.

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Pours 3 to 5

These three are grouped together as I planned Pour #3, let it drip off onto the back side of a “scrap” drawing (same type of paper) and decided to play with it… that made Pour #4. Then I used my leftover paint mixes, along with a Candy Pink color, to do Pour # 5.

Here’s what they looked like when they dried.

Pour #3
Pour #4 (playing with the drips… not thrilled with results)
Pour #5

Each had some interesting areas, but none turned out “canvas worthy” so I’m glad to be practicing on watercolor paper. I can chop those babies up.

Pour #3 yield: 1 bookmark, a cover for a homemade book, one 5×5, and 3 ACEO’s.
Pour #5 yielded 2 each in 5×5 and ACEO sizes.
The book cover in lower right is the only thing kept from Pour #4.

SIDE NOTE: I’m going to edit my Pour #2 post to add yield photos as I cut that one up, too.

Liner Notes

  • PAINTS: little bottles of craft acrylics
  • COLORS: Snow White, Metallic Antique Copper, Khaki, Cloudless, Turquoise; plus Candy Pink on #5
  • FLOW MEDIUM: diluted Elmer’s Glue-ALL
  • ADDITIVES: Wahl hair clipper oil, 2 drops per color
  • GROUND: 140 lb, 100% cotton paper
  • METHOD: pour or drizzle colors individually; plus 1 dump cup on #5
  • HEAT: No
This was my pour plan… added Candy Pink (not shown) for Pour #5

This pouring on paper takes messy to the extreme. I snapped a photo while playing around lifting the paper with a spat to see if little lifts here and there might help control the flow.

WIP or maybe just a big ol’ Mess In Process, LOL

As you can imagine, the back side of the paper got messy, too. I tried sliding an old mat board underneath to be able to lift so I could tilt it… a sheet of parchment paper helps prevent it from sticking as it dries but I still had to lift now and then. My next pour will be on ACEO size canvas boards because I want to try something stiffer. I’m going to try to protect the backs, too.

I do like the surprise aspect of this acrylic pour method of painting. It’s like you can plan so much, but the paint is going to do what it wants to do. Hopefully with practice and keeping liner notes, I’ll be able to anticipate what is going to happen, learn to control the flow to some extent, too.

As for the chopped pieces, the 5×5’s will be donated to a local 5×5 annual fundraiser for a children’s art program… if they sell, they sell… if not, oh well. I like them… maybe someone else will, too. The covers are for little homemade books. (I absolutely love little homemade books!) As for the ACEO’s, maybe I can sell those on eBay? Start them out with a low bid, just because they’re practice doesn’t make them garbage. I got a bunch of old colored pencil drawings… if I can sell some of those off, I can buy more supplies. Yeah, that sounds like a plan.

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Acrylic Pour No.2

My second pour attempt turned out so much better than the first.

Liner Notes:

  • PAINT:  little bottles of liquid craft acrylics
  • COLORS:  Royal Purple, Vanilla Ice Cream, Pure Gold, Black
  • FLOW MEDIUM:  diluted Elmer’s GLUE ALL
  • ADDITIVE:  hair clipper oil (didn’t have silicone OR hair oil, figured close enough)
  • GROUND:  same sheet of 140 lb., 100% cotton, cold pressed watercolor paper.
  • METHOD:  drizzle/pour paint mixtures directly onto ground
  • BLOW TORCH:  no

The biggest surprise discovered about pouring on nice thick cotton paper was how good it feels, almost like a leather or something, after it dried. Yes, it warped a bit as it was drying, but a little flexing made it flat again. When you pour on paper, you can cut out interesting areas as smaller art or for other uses, perhaps to make a cover for a homemade journal book.

I’ll experiment with other grounds later… right now, I’m playing with paper.

UPDATE: I chopped it up.

Yield: one 5×5, a bookmark, 4 ACEO’s, and (on far right) a folded book cover.
Inside the little handmade book, 28 pages (7 folios) using 50 lb sketch paper.

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