I loved this painting SO much when it was wet and was so annoyed with myself when the negative space dried all full of lumps and bumps. I hadn’t strained the paint, and although it looked OK wet, once the paint dried, it was covered in lumps like the painting had measles. In this video, I am going to try to repair it.
Firstly, why does this happen? Hmm, I really can’t say why some paints just are lumpier than others. I’m not convinced that it’s just about the mixing, because I would have mixed the purple the same as the other paints. I used the same ingredients, the same ratios etc – sometimes some paints are just more lumpy than others. Until now, I’ve found it with my white paint and usually will strain that, but I’ve never had it this bad in a color before. Lesson learned.
How to avoid it happening in future. Remember to strain the darned paints. I mix my paints in a small jug and then transfer them to the squeeze bottles, so I just need to remember to strain them through my new fine mesh strainer from the jug into the bottle. Then all will be well. It really doesn’t add any time and can save a lot of trouble later. I need to get into this good habit.
How to fix it? I am going to try to sand down the lumps and bumps and then repaint over the purple with probably a black. Let’s give it a try and see what happens!
Materials used in this project:
Old painting with lumps and bumps from this project
Wet or Dry sand paper(220 grit)
Cardboard support to prevent stretching
Black paint to cover the purple
Fine mesh mini strainer
8oz squeeze bottles
Polycrylic gloss protective finish
I’m so happy! The painting is saved. In fact, it is now so smooth and glossy that the surface is like a mirror and its really difficult to get a photo of it, without seeing glare from the window or even my own reflection! It took a little bit of effort and quite a bit of time, but in the end I probably like the painting more with the black than I did originally with the purple. So if something similar happens to you, know that you can sand down those lumps carefully, repaint, varnish and you are good to go!
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.