Another Painting from the “Experiments” Series

Here’s my latest finished piece from the “Experiments” series:
I say “finished” because I find myself working on several pieces at once. This is because I work on other pieces while some layers are drying. Anyhoo, this piece is mixed media that includes metallic thread and glass.

Here is a close up of the metallic threads:
image It’s unfortunate I was not able to show very well, the magenta reflection of the threads.

Here’s the closeup of the glass cabochon used to highlight my initial:
The blackish circles are interesting because they’re made with micaceous iron oxide. They have the texture of sandpaper, kind of like iron shavings suspended in polymer emulsion.

The background of the piece was done with black scribbles of acrylic paint. I wanted to express movement and dynamism:

Overall, I was pleased with the painting. I like the colours being strong and contrasting (black and magenta) while maintaining a softness. The softness is achieved by the thinning down of high chroma magenta variegated with alizarin crimson.

Tar Gel and Pouring Medium

I was experimenting with Golden’s Tar Gel and it’s usability with Liquitex Pouring Medium. The piece below, is called “Forest of the Fireflies”:
The clear stringy texture in the background is made with the tar gel. The gold strings are made with gold paint added to the tar gel. I really like the look and feel of the “string gel”; string gel is another name for Tar Gel because of its stringiness or technically called, rheology. You can get neat effects when you take a palette knife and let the gel fall or drip onto the substrate.

I found that the tar gel works well enough with the pouring medium. In this piece, pouring medium covers the whole piece. However, there are a few things I don’t like about the tar gel. One is the how easily it tends to get air bubbles when you mix in the pigment or paint. You have to do it very slowly, I suppose you can pre-mix it and let it sit for a day but I’m impatient. Another thing that I don’t like is that it’s really difficult to handle for instance, putting it in small squirt bottles which I like to do. It’s not much of a problem if you put it in larger jars but there tends to be a lot of waste and spillage etc..think of it as handling liquid honey. Finally, I really don’t like its tackiness, it takes a while to fully cure.

I’m glad I got to find out how the tar gel behaves with the pouring medium. I’ll file the data in my head and remember it’s qualities for future use. Meanwhile, I’m happy that this image of fireflies that was lodged in my brain, for quite a while, came out.

Slice emsemble

Hello everybody, I was saying in my last post of how I wanted to frame my branch slices in a shadow box. Below is a grouping that I assembled on black background:
I really like the way this looks. So I’m decided that I will frame these in a shadow box with a black mat background. It’s good to be able to put things together temporarily to envision what it will look like.

By the way I hope you’re having a great Labour Day weekend!

Geode in wood

Hi everybody, remember the plum-tree way back in this post: craft fodder?
Well here is it as a geode via pouring medium:
I told you it would come in handy some day. I really like the look of it in this application. Here’s another shot showing the bark of the plum-tree slice:
I’m thinking of doing a few of these in a set to be displayed in a shadow box. I love that it mixes beauty in nature with beauty achieved though art.

Playing with pouring medium

Hi guys, I’m just remembering to post something about what I’ve been doing. Sometimes I’m making art but forget to post. Lately, I’ve been fooling around with pouring medium. Below is a finished painting:


The medium I used was Liquitex pouring medium and a variety of acrylic fluid paints. It was done in several layers. In the above pic, it’s hard to see “the dots” are actually metallic copper, which is much nicer in real life. The qualities I like most about this medium is it’s conduciveness to working in layers, it’s tendency to make colours more brilliant, its transparency and its free-form nature. It promotes playing without a lot of pre-planning because the medium flows and sometimes the paints slide right off the canvas.

To illustrate how much things can change in working with this medium is a pic of how the piece first stated out:
I used inexpensive 4″ x 4″ deep-edge canvases. It does get messy so a tray underneath is a must. Also, in order to control how the paint flows, a level is a good idea. You can shim the canvas or the tray to be level so your paint won’t go all over the place. You’ll get a better idea at the rate the paints will spread by experimenting. And with practice, a degree of control is possible.

So far, I’m really enjoying this medium and experimenting with different paints and additives.

Wip, what I’m up to


Hi guys, I’m trying to post more wip pics to show more of what I’m up to. Above, is a little piece I’m working on to look like fired clay. I love ceramics but I don’t have access to a kiln so I decided to try out different types of clay. This one is using Darwi classic air-dry clay, painted with acrylic paint and coated with UV resin. It is gold on the inside and violet/pink/magenta on the outside, with resin little feet. It is super strong and feels like stoneware. I’m still working out the bugs but hopefully I can come out with something I’m happy with.

By the way, I’ve been really into my succulents lately so I’ve been making little pots for them. This piece is a tiny succulent pot.

Hope your summer is going well, let me know what you’ve been up to 😄