My mini trial with the home made mica paints was a stunning success. I absolutely loved the results. So much rich depth of color, sparkle and shine. So I couldn’t stop there with just the small mini canvas I had to go bigger.
With no canvas left (yeah Michaels, your fault) I am pouring on a record today. I usually don’t have a lot of luck with a flip cup or dirty pour, but hey, it’s an experiment. I have no idea how these mica paints might perform on a larger piece so I’m just going for it. If it doesn’t work out, it will be easy to scrape and wash off the record for another time.
In the mini-trial I had been a bit concerned that the paints were a little thin, having just mixed the mica powder with the Floetrol, so this time I mixed them with a 50/50 mixture of PVA glue and Floetrol. On a larger surface, I was worried they would just run all over the place and be completely out of control! The 50/50 mix certainly made them a little thicker and more controllable and hopefully less likely to all just blend in together into a single color. Check it out in the video and see how I got on with the pour.
I was happy to see that once the paints were dry, the intensity of the gold and the blue came back again. The blue is especially nice, a real electric blue, almost like lightning threading through the copper. Loving it. But one thing that wasn’t perfect – the mica can leave some bits. The wet result is stunning, but the dry result was a little bit gritty all over. I’m either not mixing in the mica enough, or it’s just not fully disolving in the paint properly. I’ll have to keep trying and experimenting and see how this turns out. I may be better off with the liquid soap colorants so I’ll give those a try in a future project.
The end result, while very rich and sparkly, was pretty dark. I had used probably too much black and the dark bronze color. I liked it, but hubby isn’t a fan. We always had very different ideas of art anyway. I like things dark or with high contrast, and he prefers a much lighter and softer palette. In his opinion unless something you paint looks like a photograph, it’s no good. What do you think? Do you share a similar taste in art to your other half? Does he like what you paint?
As usual, you can check out a slideshow below of images of this pour, both wet and dry, and some close up details.
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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.