I’ve been feeling like painting with a regal color scheme this week and have broken out the dark colors. Coming up in this pour is the first try with the FolkArt Color Shift paints and I’m very excited to see how they will work.
Do you feel that black is hard to work with? For me, it’s the clean up that puts me off using too much of it. Wiping up spilled white paint feels like a breeze compared to trying to clean up the same amount of spilled paint which has black in it. It just spreads everywhere, takes so much wiping, feels ‘dirty’ when it gets on my hands. But I still love the dark, rich colors and so black was the obvious choice as the base for this Color Shift painting.
- Art Alternatives Gold and Black
- FolkArt Color Shift in Purple Flash
- Blick Acrylics in Bright Red
- A sprinkle of gold mica in the gold paint
- Floetrol– at about 50% of the paint by volume
- Coconut Milk dimethicone oil
This was my first real pour using the Coconut Milk in place of my usual treadmill belt lubricant. I’ve tested them out before, but was keen to see how it would work in a real pour. It did well! I didn’t torch this painting at all but it’s covered in an explosion of cells right out of the cup and they just kept on coming as I tilted the canvas. So this painting is covered with cells within cells.
From far away, this painting might not be too striking, but close-up where you can see all the sparkle of the metallics, the color shift iridescence and all the details of the cells and the gold veins – it’s pretty spectacular I think. One of my all-time favorites.
I feel more of these color shift paints featuring in my paintings soon, so I might just have to get used to cleaning up all that black paint.
As usual, here is a slideshow with more pictures, both wet and dry, and closeups of the details.
After being told in high school that she was so bad at art that she should switch to another subject, Deby didn’t paint again for 35 years. Then a stroke released a new wave of creativity and she began exploring with dot painting, abstract and eventually acrylic pouring, and at last the joy of working with color returned.
You don’t need ‘talent’ to be an acrylic pouring artist – just enthusiasm, some basic instruction, and a willingness to try, fail and try again. Paint along with her and learn from her many mistakes, and you’ll soon make great art together.