Tuesday

[art] Fluid Acrylic Painting: Sea green

Here's my third fluid acrylic pour:

Fluid Acrylic Painting

This was after I got some necessary supplies. 

- Floetrol by Flood. You can get other art/craft flow aids from the craft store but this is much cheaper at $7 for a quart (or $13 for a gallon) from Home Depot. Mix this with paint to get it to flow better. It doesn't dilute the final paint color- it dries clear. It just helps with thinning and movement. This is also good because it saves how much actual paint you end up using.

- Butane torch. Like one of those little handheld guns that you can finish the top of a creme brulee with. This is to quickly sweep over the surface of the paint after it's poured to pop air bubbles and create more cells.

- Something that doesn't mix with water. Oil. Lubricant. Silicone. Dimethicone. Treadmill oil. Maybe sewing machine oil? You can easily get something that will work at the drug store: KY True Feel (Dimethicone), Astroglide X (Cyclomethicone, Dimethicone), OGX Coconut Hair Serum (many ingredients but dimethicone is the first).

I've been much happier since I started using the above. Then you just need acrylic paint, cups, stirrers, canvas. And something to keep the canvas elevated as the paint drips off and dries.

A ratio that seems to work well is: 2 parts floetrol, 1 part paint, 1 part water. Then depending on how much paint you're mixing up, you're really only going to want 1 - 3 drops of oil per color.

Here's a close-up:

Fluid Acrylic Painting

These colors are kind of muddy because I mixed all the individual paints, poured them sequentially into a dump cup- and realized I forgot to add oil to each individual color first. Argh! So I dropped in 5 drops and kind of mixed it up before I poured. The colors are more blended than I wanted but I got some cells.

Tomorrow- I'll show my next projects- that have better cells and color distinction.

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