I believe my true comprehension of’go with the ﬂow’ began in March of 2006 when life as I knew it came to a screeching halt. My husband, an airline pilot at the moment, suffered sudden cardiac arrest while playing racquetball. His life has been saved by a savvy lifeguard at the gym. Though it had been touch and go for a little at the hospital, he received a implanted deﬁbrillator and I am thrilled to report that he is still here with us alive and well years later.
DAYS OF SUMMER by Kimberly Conrad, acrylic pour painting, 36″ × 48″ (91cm × 122cm)
(300gsm) 11″ × 15″ (28cm × 38cm)
Cosmetic bottles with spouts
Tear off a sheet of paper from an 11″ × 15″ (28cm × 38cm) watercolor pad and using a 8″ × 10″ (20cm × 25cm) piece of glass, then cut your paper, leaving about 1/4″ (6mm) or so of additional edge all the way round the glass. Since the painting is located flat to dry, there will be a little runback, and we will cut this extra edge off in the final stages.
I began as a palette knife oil painter but had recently fallen quite inadvertently into pour painting. Painting suddenly became my teacher, a life coach of sorts. When you pour paint, you have hardly any control. You not only have to trust the process that each small detour will culminate in the right end, but you also have to ﬁnd pleasure in the process, hold on and allow yourself to feel the delight of the ride.
I’m nevertheless a planner by nature, but I’m so very conscious of the reality that the less I try and the more I relax and adopt the natural ﬂow of life moments, messages and events, the more happy I am. In reality, I am quite frequently pleasantly surprised! For me, to go together with the ﬂow way to trust the process–in life, in art, in associations and in all things.
Different colours of paint have different viscosities. The amount of water added will vary depending on the type and depth of paint used. I enjoy my paint to be the consistency of thick cream so that I can change it as I spray on water. Sometimes a bit less water is needed depending on the color; just put in a bit at a time to prevent starting out using paint that’s too thin.
Utilize you finger to quickly wipe the excess paint from the edges of the paper to decrease the amount of runback when you lay the paper flat to dry.
Lay the painting onto the waiting piece of glass. Make sure you leave an edge of this paper dangling off the glass, to help in lifting it afterwards. After I laid this piece down, I realized I needed to add more blue and green, so I quickly picked it up and applied more dirt and paint, repeating the procedure. This should be accomplished only in the first 2 to 3 minutes; otherwise the paint will start to set and reapplying will result in a mess!
Hold your paper over a plastic bin and then put on the paint in horizontal segments along with your spray bottle.
Employ additional paint, and then spray water several times to allow it to operate and make the desired result. Once you’ve got a makeup you like, let the moist, softened paper to fold on your forearm.
Permit your painting dry overnight. Now it’s prepared to harvest and sign. Put the blank 8″ × 10″ (20cm × 25cm) bit of glass over the top of your dry painting, and harvest to the exact size you need, removing the excess edges of the paper.
Spray the paint with distilled water.
With a strainer, pour your paint into a fresh clean bottle. Add distilled water and then pop the lid .
Learn more from Sandra Duran Wilson in Acrylic Mediums for Encaustic Effects:
This is a critical step to pour painting since you need to avoid clumping paint. Use distilled water since the compounds in tap water will undermine the integrity of your paint.