Monday, May 15, 2017

Fluid Acrylic Technique - Finger Swiping & No Brush Lavender Flowers wit...

The Spring and Summer flowers Acrylic Pouring series continues-

-I guess it is a series now that there are 4 videos already! This time it is Lavender! My yard is small but in the summer I have a sweet little lavender hedge that my son planted for me several years ago. All the plants were from the seeds of one lonely lavender bush that I planted over 20 years ago! The flowers are beautiful and I wanted try and capture the feeling of those beautiful blooms!

This time I used a cradled wood board to pour on--10 inches x 10 inches. Cradled wood just means that it is a wood panel that has an attached frame to the back, it keeps the wood rigid and makes it really easy to hang up. :)

The Paints! 
Here's all the individual recipes for the colors and brands that I used in this painting. 

I Use a scale to measure my paint, water and pouring medium. It is more accurate and consistent to use a scale and way faster! 

You do need a cup or container for each color. Little plastic cups are great if you are saving leftover paints. You can use small paper water cups if you are not going to try and save the paint. Paper cups will fall apart more quickly. 

You will also need some craft sticks and a pair of gloves to to make it easier to keep your hands clean.

All of the colors have Pouring Medium in them. I did this painting with the Liquitex Pouring Medium. You can experiment with any pouring mediums--just do them proportionally small batches until you are confident that your combinations will work.

On to the PAINT MIXING Recipes!
Put your cup on the scale press the button to set the scale to zero and follow the measurements as you add each item to a cup for each color.

DecoArt Americana paints: Titanium White - 1 oz paint, 1/4 oz Pouring Medium, 1/4 oz water

Apple Barrel Paints- each color in its own cup! 
Leaf Green 1 1/2 oz paint, 1/2 oz pouring medium, 1/4 oz water
Mountain Blue: 1/2 oz paint, 1/2 oz pouring medium NO water, Royal Violet: 1/2 oz paint, 1/2 oz pouring medium, NO water

Ben Franklin Thalo Green: 1/2 oz Paint, 1/2 oz Pouring Medium, about 1/8 oz water (maybe less)

FolkArt Color Shift Blue Flash: 1/4 oz Paint, 1/4 oz Pouring Medium, 1/16 oz water

DecoArt Crafters Acrylic Grape Taffy: 1/2 oz Paint, 1/2 oz Pouring Medium, 1/16 oz water

There's no silicon oil or torching in my projects as I really worry about the possible side effects of burning the acrylic paints and the materials they are made from. 

We all have to weigh the pros and cons of how we interact with our art supplies. Experimenting can be exciting and beautiful but there can be consequences we don't know about yet. As with any thing in life be informed by reputable sources and your own common sense. :) 

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