Did you see the pretty ‘garden dip painting‘ that I did recently? I had liked it so much that I soon wanted to do another and this time it’s a beach scene I have in mind. I just love blues, so anytime I get the chance, I’m grabbing some of those blue paints and trying to recreate the view here on the island.
In the last dip painting, I had added a bit too much paint in places so this time I was more aware of that and made sure to leave a few gaps in my paint before I ‘smushed’ it about under the plastic. This seemed to work well and I got good coverage of the surface but without having so much paint that it moved about too much and got a bit overworked. It’s handy to use clear plastic so you can see the paints underneath and move the paint around a little to both fill the gaps and create the lacing and effects. I used a couple of the 1-gallon Ziploc bags and just taped them together to get a large enough piece of plastic. You could also do this with a wax paper or similar, although you may not see the paints so well if it’s not clear.
Materials used in this project:
DecoArt Americana Paint in Primary Yellow, Titanium White, True Blue, Laguna, True Ochre, Warm Beige, and Blue Bird
Avery label (to cover the hole in the record)
Old vinyl LP record
8oz squeeze bottles
Small paint mixing pots with lids
Polycrylic protective finish
Yay, I loved it! What a pretty result. I think for once my color choices were pretty good both for the sea and the sand, although I could perhaps have put a wider band of white between the sea and the sand to create a foamy white area. Next time I’ll know. I’m still torn about this one. It would make a lovely beachy clock but I don’t have any clock kits on hand right now. I think I’ll list it in the Etsy shop as it is and see if anyone is interested, but I’ll be sorry to see it go. This would look great in my house!
As usual, here are some photos of this pour, both wet and dry, and some close-ups 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.