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