For as long as I can remember, I have been crafting.
When I was six years old, the woman who lived next door to me introduced me to working with resin, crochet, and knitting. The woman who lived on the other side of her, introduced me to sewing. In third grade, we were blessed to have a teacher that was very crafty, and had us doing every conceivable art within the scope of third grade, even to the extent of having us use knives to carve apples!
By middle school, I was taking every available craft, art, and photography class, all the way through high school when I even took wood shop classes. Well into adulthood, I continued to learn new handicrafts, and to teach them to others.
One day, back in 2017, Marsha, the woman who owns www.seamofmypants.com (you can read some of my other articles there) challenged me to learn an art/craft I had never before attempted.
Honestly, I could not find one… until acrylic pouring.
Supplies I Used:
- Drip Tray
- Bottles for the mixed paint
- Mod Podge
- Clear cups for pouring
- Small Canvas
- Stir sticks
- Acrylic paint
But….nonetheless, challenge accepted!
The one art form that I have never attempted, has begun.
No matter the topic, I tend to be an “all or nothing” person, always avoiding it completely, or giving 110% to my passions, which when it comes to crafts, usually empties my wallet!
As an example, last winter was unusually cold in my normally sunny Southern California which left normal sewing routine on hold as it was just too cold in the house, and if I run the heater enough to be comfortable sewing, I can’t use that money to buy craft supplies! That’s a “no-brainer”! So, I decided I could crochet whilst hiding under the covers of my bed with a cozy homemade microwave rice bag wrapped around my toes! Thus off to the craft cabinet I trod to pull out some crochet hooks and yarn. A quick internet search for patterns and four hours later I had a pretty darn good looking winter cap finished. I was hooked, let the compulsion begin! Nine trips to the craft store and a few hundred dollars later kept my fingers flying all winter. 110% remember?
So when I decided to pour paint on canvas and run off the, canvas, gulp I promised myself I would not drain the checking account!
The decision was made, the necessary supplies would be sourced at the dollar store, supplemented by what I had on hand and what treasures I could find at the local recycling centers “free” paint supply shed, then I was ready to make art!
(Just a quick word about the dollar store. It is not cheaper! It is not a good value for your money. What it does is give one a way to get a few things for a few dollars, without breaking the bank. As an illustration, the poster paint comes with four colors in four three-quarter ounce vials in one pack for $1.00 but it’s inferior paint. At the craft store, a two ounce vial of one color can cost upwards of $1.00. So, you only get one color for $1, but it is better paint. To get four colors of better quality paint, it would cost ~$4.00. If this is something that will go beyond one day of playing, please opt for the quality and spend the bit extra.)
The craft budget I allowed for was only $20, so my best option was the dollar store. This was just a test of the waters to see if I enjoyed this mess making operation, or if the waste was beyond my frugal sensibility.
Trays to catch the paint, bottles for the mixed paint, Mod Podge, clear cups for pouring, Small Canvas, Stir sticks and of course paint.
From the recycle store, I was able to obtain a bottle with a small portion of Floetrol, and a sample of gray paint. These were actually free, it is just required that you give all personal information so they know you aren’t going to use it to create graffiti!
The old house paint supply cabinet was both disappointing and fruitful.
Several of the cans were just beyond saving, but one can of red paint, one can of white paint and one tube of purple tint were salvageable!
Also, around the house I found gloves, a flame thrower (don’t know a better name for it, it belongs to hubby and it throws quite a flame for a tiny hand held butane powered lighter!) and a bottle of “Rain-x” which I decided to use for the water displacement to make cells. Yeah, I’m kind of a nerd, and I really like to find out the “how does that work” and it turns out that the cells are a reaction between the water in the acrylic paint and the chemical that displaces water. Y’all remember from science class “water and oil don’t mix”?
The supplies were ready, the ideas were flowing, all I needed was time!
Push pins were added to the wood frame of the canvas to raise it off the tray, and I added a bit of water to the surface to check for level. If the water ran off, the push pins could be adjusted to make it level, but I lucked out and it was level on the first try.
The gray paint, didn’t make a good base for the purple, so I choose not to use it at all this time. And the decision was made to use the Mod Podge instead of the Floetrol.
Using the white paint as a base for the purple tint, and the on hand red paint, I did a little test to see how the colors would blend, and I really didn’t like the tones.
So, I used the green poster paint, mixed with the white house paint. And after a test, really liked the tonality of the green with the purple.
Absolutely nothing was measured, but it was suggested several times on YouTube, 1/3 water to 2/3 Mod Podge and then 1/3 Mod Podge/water mix to 2/3 paint, so I tried to follow that example.
White paint, with alternating layers of purple and green. Several people suggested the light paint should go on the bottom of the cup, as the pigment in the darker colors tends to have a higher specific gravity and therefore sinks to the bottom. Sounds good to me!
Wait! I forgot the Rain-X, yikes!
Okay, a few drops added to the top of the cup, I hope that’s gonna work!
Tiny amount of paint in the bottom of the cup for a tiny canvas!
This is where it would be awesome to have a video! Ready, Set….
Tilt the other way…
More tilting… Ugh, don’t let the paint run off! I know, I know, let it go! Be free!
There is something very satisfying about watching the colors meld and move and create something beyond even my extremely creative boundaries!
Adding some heat to get those cells to pop!
Uh-oh! It looks like there wasn’t quite enough water displacement chemical! So, sad, very few cells.
Overall, I’m very happy with the finished product. Looks like a rocket ship flying through a nebula!
Next, I’m gonna use that gray paint, with the black poster paint, and the white house paint. Just need to find a contrast color. Any Suggestions?
Thanks for joining me on my journey to explore the “never before attempted” art/craft project!
Let’s see, where to start? Ah yes, the introduction: My name is Rochelle Freeman and I live in Sunny, Windy, Hot, Cold, Dry, Don’t like the weather, wait 5 minutes Desert of Southern California in the good old U S of A.
The Love of My Life and I met when I was in High School, and we’ve been happily married 36 years. (Shhhh don’t try to guess my age, that’s not polite!) During the weekdays, I work for a paycheck, gotta pay for that crafty stuff somehow! During the afternoon hours I tend to the farm critters and the house. Somewhere in there I manage to squeeze in a minute or two of creativity.
When I was 6 years old, the woman who lived next door to me introduced me to working with resin, crochet, & knitting. The woman who lived on the other side of her, introduced me to sewing. In 3rd grade, we were blessed to have a teacher that was very crafty, and had us doing every conceivable art within the scope of 3rd grade, even to the extent of having us use knives to carve apples!
By adulthood, I had taken every available craft, art, & photography class, and even a wood shop class or two! As a grandmother, I continued to learn new handicrafts, and enjoy teaching them to others.