Magical Leftovers, Dustpan Dump, Tip & Trails, Fluid Acrylics Artwork #3251-8.7.18


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I am using a 16″x20″ stretched canvas. All the paints I use are acrylic paints mixed with additives to help them flow more easily. All my colors are stored and mixed in squeeze bottles for ease of use. I have beautiful leftover paint I wish to use up. I transfer the colors to a small plastic dustpan. I add more colors from bottles to the mix. I add a layer of black paint coating the whole surface of the canvas using a large silicone spatula. The wet black paint will help the colors added next flow and spread more easily. I spread the contents of the dustpan onto the canvas in a wide stroke and scrape out residuals with the no.1 small flat front spatula and use it to move and drag out spikey tendrils from the colors in the central puddle of colors and though the black paint. I tilt the canvas spread the colors and encourage patterns to form. I make more spikes with the spatula, I use a bamboo skewer to add marks, move paint, and integrate color additions. A propane torch is cautiously passed over the surface of the canvas to release any air in the paint that might result in bubbles forming while the artwork dries or leaving pockmarks if left to pop on their own. Warming the paint will also often encourage patterns to emerge because the paint in combination with the Floetrol used in my pouring mix encourages cells to form.

My “pouring” mixture or “recipe” is simple and starts with 2 parts (estimated) GAC800 from Golden added into any acrylic paint color 8 parts (amounts are always estimated). This starts the mixing process. Mix the paint and GAC thoroughly. Next, I add my mixed Floetrol and (half) DecoArt pouring medium. (Shake it first every time!) The truth is, lately, that’s my go-to. I add the same (or more) ounces as the first two ingredients and mix everything thoroughly. The consistency is usually medium “body” weight, but other weights are usable with minor adjustments.
To mix, if you use squeeze bottles as I do, add a marble and shake your paints every time before you use them. All my acrylic paints are mixed in advance and contained and stored in squeeze bottles. If you are not using squeeze bottles, I suggest using a container that has a lid. I have often used the 4oz size plastic deli containers, and the paint keeps for a long time in them, but you still will have to stir before using the mix again because the Floetrol and other flow agents will rise to the top between uses.  None of my acrylic paint has any added silicone. To create the pearlescent effects seen in most of my artworks, I use Golden’s Iridescent pearl “Fine” added to colors. By “eye” until I am pleased with what I see.
Every day I learn new things. I will never stop experimenting, and I am happy to share what I discover with you.

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#3247 wet, shown in this video.
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