It’s leftovers day! All the little bits and pieces of paint I have left over and saved in little pots and the paint in the bottom of the bottles, it’s all being dumped in one colorful project to use them all up. Let’s see what we can make with the leftovers that aren’t enough to make a project or painting on their own. This painting almost feels like it’s free.
Usually, leftovers day signals a swipe – you can see one I did here using up my leftover paint. But this time I thought I would mix it up a bit, add in a degree of uncertainty and unpredictability by adding all the leftovers into one dirty pour cup. That way, not only do we get all the colors from the leftovers, but we make a lot more colors too, by mixing them all together in a single big dirty pour cup. Anything could happen!
Materials used in this painting:
Art Alternatives acrylics
Blick Student Acrylics
plus random other paints
Treadmill belt silicone oil
Canvas from economy pack
8oz squeeze bottles
4oz cups with lids
Polycrylic gloss protective finish
Recipe for this painting:
All paints were (most likely) mixed approx 2 parts paint, 1 part Floetrol plus water as needed to consistency. A couple of drops of the Treadmill belt silicone oil in each color.
Well I have to say I am very pleasantly surprised how nicely this one turned out. You never know when using up a myriad of random leftovers what exactly will happen when they all mix together, but wow, it’s great! Some metallics, a little sparkle from the iridescent glitter, and a nice range of colors with none that don’t fit well with the others. I encourage you to do something similar. Don’t waste paints. Save up all the little bits and pieces you don’t use in small cups with lids and then one day get them all out and create a leftovers pour. 🙂
As usual, here is a slideshow of photos of this pour, 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.