This last week I was asked to come up with a few skateboard decks for a skate shop. Before I dove head first, I wanted to see how everything would work on a surface that is not necessarily flat. I documented how I did this, and I think it turned out pretty well. Still not sure if the weight of the resin will impact the ride but that will be phase two. Even though these are just going to be on display, you never know when you just have to carve out.
One of my biggest problems with art is that I seem to delve into the technical side of the medium until I am exhausted. I do this with photography, music, painting and even cooking. It seems like no matter what I get my hands on; I need to know all the details.
So when I started playing with fluid acrylic mediums, I found that trial and error was a waste of time if I didn’t at least understand why the paint reacts some ways and not others. I watched countless videos of people explaining how they mix their paint and how they get cells in their pours. No matter what I watched there always seemed to be some part of the process missing. Either the person explaining the process didn’t know how things worked just wasn’t planning on telling everyone.
So after more trial and error, I started looking into how the paints worked and what the paint masters knew. I primarily use Golden Paints. I know they are more expensive and for testing a process it can get costly, but nobody said I had to test things out on a 30X30 panel. I do most of my testing on small 5X5 panels I get from Hobby Lobby.
First I found on Goldens blog Just Paint some great information about Techniques for Fluid Pouring. This article was the top of the rabbit hole. I read through everything and found that most of the information was super helpful. However, I still needed more data for my study.
One part of the article mentions that White paint has the highest density so applying it lasts helps create cells. Knowing only white was the densest wasn’t enough! I needed to know what the density was for ALL the colors. SO I called Golden to see what I could find. The best thing was that they acted like they were expecting my call! Mr. Townsend from Golden sent me the information I was looking for immediately. They sent me a list of all the pigments and their specific gravity. It was like a cell making holy grail!
So I started playing with the recipe more and finally feel like I have this all figured out. Of course, there are still many surprises, but understanding how it all works is what makes this process fun! I created a video on my YouTube Channel that explains the recipe for the above painting. It is straight forward, so I hope it helps!
Per requested, here is the link to the Golden Paint Density List.
I love being a dad. My kids are my greatest accomplishment. With that said, I have a responsibility to teach them as much as possible. Last week my youngest Zoe and I were painting, and she asked if I would show her how to make a “messy, drippy” painting.
So we decided on some colors and went to work. I think the best part of watching her do the fluid acrylic pour was when she came to that point of “too much.” Its that wonderfully mind bending point when your not sure if it is just the way you want the painting to look, or if it will completely fall apart when you change one more thing.
I created a video of the process. It is interesting watching it with just our hands. There are points that I regrettably take over. In my efforts to show her how the process worked she became very frustrated with me. I guess in the end I learned as much about myself as she did with the process.
I have recently been playing with the Golden High Flow Acrylic paints in conjunction with Art Resin, and I seem to be having lots of fun. The best part is watching the way these beautiful colors meld together.
Most of the pieces I have done have been small. I love large pieces of artwork, but there is something intimate about a little piece of work.