HERE, I had a play day with Susan and Christine last Sunday and we experimented with acrylic paint techniques.
We first headed to two $1 stores in my area. We picked up some acrylic paints and canvases for not much money. The canvas above is 8" square and was $2.00. I used four colours of paint ($1.25 ea). Normally, I buy good quality art supplies, but these are just some fun techniques that work well with any type of paint. One video I saw even used wall paint. :) We lined our work table with large garbage bags before starting, which made clean up easy.
The one above is my favourite from the day. This technique is called Dirty Pour and we followed this video. We just diluted our paints with water, and followed the video about pouring the colours together and then giving a quick stir before adding to the canvas. Then the fun begins as you tilt your canvas and let the paint flow over the sides. I love the marbled look I got with this technique.
For the second canvas below, I smooshed it into the paint that overflowed from the canvas above and then dribbled on any leftover ink from my containers. Didn't waste any of the paint, smooshing two small canvases and then card stock, coated card stock and yupo papers, just to see what worked best. They all worked great.
You'll see that I was in love with this paint colour combo, so I used it again for the third canvas. This is a drip technique that we followed with this video. Easy and fun to do. All of the canvases done with turquoise, green and white are made with the $1 store acrylics (DecoArt).
My last canvas is another of the palette knife technique from this video. This is the second time I've tried this and I ended up with lots of texture this time. The colours are different. I used different shades of blue, white, and just a little sea green. This canvas was done with medium body Liquitex (Basics) acrylics. Medium body or heavy body paint is thick which helps to create the texture that you see on the canvas. Not in love with the results, but it's OK. :)
I used soft gloss gel, diluted with water, to seal the canvases (two coats leaving 24 hrs to dry in-between coats).
I hope you've enjoyed seeing my abstract canvases. They were so much fun to make!