You know that I like to question WHY when things are the norm. Why do you use this, do that etc. I’ve come to notice that I always seem to use either white or black in my pours and I wondered if I needed them. What would happen if I just used colors? Let’s try it and see.
In this painting, I won’t use any white. I’ll just use the colors, throw them all in and flip. Some of them are going to be transparent so if I pour against a record, a black surface, and don’t use white in my cup as an ‘undercoat’ that sinks beneath those transparent colors, then will they dry even darker than usual? I want to know!
Materials used in this painting:
Art Alternatives acrylics in warm red, magenta, orange
Blick Student Acrylics in cobalt blue, chrome yellow, violet
Treadmill belt silicone oil
12 inch vinyl LP record
8oz squeeze bottles
Avery round glossy label to cover the hole
Polycrylic gloss protective finish
So wow-zers, didn’t that look amazing and bright when it was wet. Totally gorgeous, I love bright colors. When dry, it was slightly darker but not more so than usual, so I don’t think in this case that leaving out the white made any difference to the way it dried. Sadly there are some lumps and bumps on the dried painting. I had used that same purple that gave me problems in an earlier painting. Although I had strained it twice, it seems that it still isn’t playing nice. As much as I love that color, I just might have to finally concede that it doesn’t do well for pouring for some reason.
As usual, here is a slideshow of photos from this pour, both wet and dry, and close ups of the details. Enjoy!
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.