Day 7 in my quest for the elusive magic paint formula that works every time to create cells without torching. Last day. A gal has to know when it’s time to call it quits and go back to what worked before. But I can’t help but give this one last chance. Back to the Apple Barrel paints today, but not the coffee colors – other colors. Will it work or is there just something I can’t put my finger on?
See the previous parts of this hunt for the elusive magic formula series here:
- Part 1 – Apple Barrel
- Part 2 – Artists Loft
- Part 3 – Liquitex Basics
- Part 4 – Apple Barrel different colors
- Part 5 – Apple Barrel coffee colors again
- Part 6 – going crazy with Artists Loft
In these two painting I used:
- Apple Barrel craft paints in
- Sargent Art Acrylic Gloss as a pouring medium
- 99% alcohol
- Blick Acrylics in Titanium White
Surely, surely this will work today. All I’m doing is taking the exact same recipe that I know works, because I’ve done it and then repeated it in those coffee paintings, and all I’m doing is changing up the colors. Same paints, same pouring mediums, same alcohol – everything the same except the colors of the paint. Did it work – check the video and weep along with me…
I did get some cells, so maybe it really does need that combination of the Floetrol and the silicone, but it still wasn’t the same as days 1 and 5.
So now I need a break from all this. I need to get my painting mojo back and go back to what I know works and maybe revist all this nonsense another time. What I can conclude – the Sargent Art Acrylic Gloss makes an awesome pouring medium. Very smooth, very glossy, really shines, economical – I love it and will certainly order more to continue using it. It works for sure. What doesn’t seem to be working for me is the addition of the alcohol to replace the silicone. I’m not getting it to make cells in anything other than that one set of colors. Weird and very puzzling. So I’ll go back to my original formula I think, get my torch back out of retirement and give my bottle of silicone oil a big hug. I love you both.
Coming up next – swiping – YAY. That always makes me happy.
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.