First Pour

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Trying something new… it’s called an “Acrylic Pour” painting. I watched enough YouTube tutorials to notice a lot of conflicting information about what to do or not do, use or not use, so I’m just going to have to experiment with different things and learn as I go.

Welcome to my Weekly Pour, with liner notes kept here on this blog.

Here’s the basics gleamed from tutorials:  acrylic paint is mixed ye 1:1 with some kind of flow medium (purchased or glue based), thinned with water if necessary, and some people add drops of some sort of additive (silicone, coconut hair oil, isopropyl alcohol, etc.) to promote cell formation. Then the paint mixtures are (a) layered in a cup that has or has not been lubricated, which is flipped upside down onto the ground (everything from “only use” gallery stretched artist grade canvas to squares cut from ordinary ol’ cardboard boxes were shown in videos) that may, or may not have been prepped with gesso, paint, or water. OR, (b) poured directly onto the ground by a method or any ol’ way you please. Patience required. Let it rest a bit before lifting cup (if dumping from a cup) and rest again before slowly tilting your ground this way or that in an attempt to make the paint flow in a manner that pleases you and covers the entire ground. Use a blow torch, if desired, to help raise cells. You can also blow air through straws, dab drips or add leftover paint mixtures to achieve desired effects. Dry time varies from 24 hours to darn near a full week.

What I tried: this was a complete “use what you got” experiment. Yep, and glass shot glasses will do if you don’t have a stash of little plastic cups.

  • PAINT: little bottles of Plaid brand craft acrylics EXCEPT for the white. I had an old, almost dried out, tube of Titanium White from Winsor & Newton’s discontinued line of Finity Acrylics that I diluted with water to the consistency of the craft paint. I know that mixture was nice and smooth and totally lump free as I used a little wire wisk to mix it.
  • FLOW MEDIUM: used the 65% Elmer’s GLUE ALL recipe, 35% water.
  • ADDITIVE: just a tiny smidgen of 91% isopropyl alcohol added to each color
  • GROUND:  Since it’s just a practice piece, I used an old discolored sheet of 140 lb, 100% cotton, cold pressed watercolor paper that I prepped by wetting with water on both sides.
  • METHOD: layered paint in two Tupperware Midgets that I had lightly greased with coconut hair balm (as a release agent), flipped both upside down, let it rest awhile, then lifted the cups (in the sliding motion shown in tutorial videos) to let the paint flow. Let it rest again, then started tilting the ground.
  • RESULTS: Complete disaster!!!

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Talk about a royal muddy mess with little white globs that looked like cottage cheese floating all over my paper! Oh my gosh… I was grabbing paper towel and soaking up left and right… photo snapped after I got as much off as possible.

So, what the hell happened?

Well, for starters, chemistry! Apparently, the Titanium White had some kind of delayed reaction to the alcohol, something in the glue, or maybe even contact with the trace amount of hair balm that lubed the pouring cup, as it went in smooth and came out lumpy. It didn’t seem to bother the craft paints. As the white was vacating, they started blending together, having a little mixer party in the cup.

Give up?

Nah… on to the next pour, using this same sheet of paper. I’ll post that next.

Thanks for reading!

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Witch Solution

2015 ed., printed on orange paper.

Witch Solution is a little trick or treat story poem that I wrote, printed, and passed out a few copies in downtown Youngstown, Ohio, just before Halloween in 2015.

The 2018 mini-chapbook edition has been revised. I edited the story, rewrote some sections to eliminate “word rocks” so the reading will flow smoother, and changed her name because her original Celtic name was hard to pronounce. Anything that slows or stops a reader mid-sentence is a word rock.

Here’s a cropped image of the first two pages, if you want to read an excerpt:

And here’s what the 2018 edition PDF looks like rotated after printing at actual size:
Clicking on an image will zoom it up big enough to read. Of course, half of it is upside down so it will be right side up after folding. The PDF is free to download if you want to print & fold your own copy.

Here’s the PDF link:  WitchSolution.pdf 

“How to fold” instructions, if needed, can be found HERE.

Thanks for reading!

Heroin

FAIR WARNING:  The poems in this mini chapbook contain profanity.

I know, mama says you can always choose nicer, softer words…  but, I cannot candy coat raw emotions without denying how I feel. There was nothing nice or soft or gentle about my nephew’s body being discarded like an empty paper cup tossed out of a car in a McDonald’s parking lot.

The second poem is about a girl I knew a few years ago, a neighbor who tried so hard to get clean. She was like a different person, happy and free, until her old dealer showed up in red car. It’s a little hard to avoid people, places, and things when they bring the shit right to your door.

The two poems are interrelated as my nephew had been clean for years. Why would he use again? Did he have a choice?

My father has this theory that some deaths by heroin overdoses are murders that will never be investigated, book closed, wrote off as just another addict OD.  It doesn’t matter how well they got their life together, how much time had passed… assumed moment of weakness, leaving loved ones shocked and confused, looking for answers, something that might make sense.

If you want to read the poems, here are a couple photos of an unfolded chapbook, rotated so you can zoom and read… link to PDF below.

Of course, the chapbook itself is free to download if you want to print & fold your own copy.  Here’s the PDF link: heroin.pdf   (print actual size  & here’s “how to fold” instructions if you need them).

Here’s what it looks like printed & folded:

Yeah, I’m out of colored ink, so the artwork came out black & white. Thanks for reading!