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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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.

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