Linda from Spiritual Dragonfly mentioned she had booked into a course about fluid painting. Intrigued, I YouTubed it. Looked so fun I decided I knew enough to have a go. So I did the other day.
It is one thing to read and watch how to videos to actually getting down and dirty. I was reminded of this as I plunged in plastic gloved pouring watered down acrylic paint onto a canvas.
The pouring bit was easy. Taking photos of work in progress proved impossible. My hands were dripping in paint. The newspaper covering the dining room table was too. Not to mention the HEAPS of paint layered in puddles on the canvas waiting to emerge into my masterpiece. So I called in my resident photographer – TRH (The Retired Husband).
He is used to my eccentricities and crafting. Merely asked what I was doing, I said Painting of course. I want you to take pictures, waving my paint dripping hands in his face.
I had also seen and read about string painting. I decided to combine the two. In my enthusiasm I forgot that the experts only put one paint laden string at a time on the canvas. I put – well – heaps, as you can see.
I had rather liked the earthy toned look of the original paint as it ebbed and waned over the changing angles of the canvas. After I had finished stringing – it was a mess. Even TRH’s helpful suggestions did not really make much of a difference. Admittedly it did look a bit better.
I played around a bit more, managing to get a bit more of a decent look. The thing with this kind of painting is that it stays wet – and fluid – for along time. So you can mess around with it as much as you want. It may not help to make it look any better, but it’s fun.
TRH left me to it. I looked at it from all angles. And decided I didn’t like it. So I mixed more pots of paint and poured it on in splashes and multi-layered puddles. This is the final result. I’m pretty pleased with it.
This is all leading up to creating some masterpieces for our guest bedroom which we are in the process of renovating.
Fluid acrylics are acrylic paints with a runny or thin consistency, designed to flow and spread easily without sacrificing color intensity. Fluid acrylics are ideal for pouring or dribbling paint, rather than applying it with a brush.
You must surely agree this video makes it look so easy! Hint – I think it takes a bit of practice…
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