After the success of the smaller version that I tried out on a 6-inch square tile, I was ready to tackle my largest painting yet. I was so nervous. As usual, not having enough paint was one of my biggest worries so if course I had too much in the end, but better more than not enough.
I mixed a selection of paints in cobalt blue, ultramarine blue, a green which was a mix of emerald green and chrome yellow, a metallic teal and white. This time I’m aiming for a more diagonal format, across the largest axis of the tile and I wanted ideally for the central motif to spread out and over the edges but still leave some white areas of negative space in which I could blow the colored paints.
It was a lot of blowing! The hairdryer was on hand but in the end I managed the whole thing with a straw. As always, there are some areas I like more than others, some which had more of the dark color, some which were more green, some which were predominantly metallic. But wow, the overall effect is pretty stunning.
This looks gorgeous now it’s finished. I know I say this almost every time, but this has become one of my favorites too. I love that texture, the colors, well, everything about it. It makes a very nice display piece, and those stands are good too.
Here are the stands that I bought, called Gibson Holders. They are very strong, the spring on them is really tight so just one will even easily hold the weight of this big heavy tile. With the base being clear, they are really unobtrusive and a nice way to display art pieces that you don’t necessarily want to hang on the wall.Small here Medium here
Large here – the size I used for this tile
Check out the slideshow below for lots more pictures, both wet and dry, and close-ups of the details.
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.