Dirty Pours onto Photo Paper

I feel naked. I have nothing to pour on. Just 3 records left, no canvases, no panels. But I still want to paint so I’m getting desperate now. I hear that you can pour on photo paper. Is that true? Will it work? I decide to give it a try.

I’m also keen to try purple and green together, plus I love metallics so why not throw some silver into the mix.  Hmm, I don’t think that seems to go well together. Strangely hubby really likes them, but then we always did have very different ideas of what’s a good color scheme.

In the video here I’ll show you how I made 2 and then I made another 2 off the camera and will show you how they dried, how much the photo paper curled and what they look like after a couple of coats of varnish.

I really don’t know what to do with them now they are finished. They’re OK, not my favorite work, and it’s far too expensive here to buy photo mattes and frames. So I think they’ll just sit in my portfolio for now and if anyone likes them, they can have them!

Check out the slide show for more of the finished results.

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.

Comments

  1. Hi Deby
    I enjoy viewing your videos. You mentioned that you didn’t like that your canvas panels warped. Try painting them on the front and back with gesso or paint and then letting the canvas panels dry before pouring. Hope this helps.

    1. Honestly Donna, I’ve tried everything from gesso to paint, to painting crosses on the back. I think the pouring method just leaves too much paint and makes them too wet. I will keep trying because I have some to use up, but mostly just for practice and experiments I think.

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