Pouring paint – Lessons Learned – and there are quite a few. Or what no to do when pouring paintings!
- Fine lines are really tough to accomplish with masking fluid – think about avoiding hair (just kidding)
- You need patience and a lot of it in order to apply fine lines of masque
- Removing a lot of masking compound can give you serious blisters on your fingertips when you use them to rub off the stuff (bad idea)
- Maybe doing a poured painting (or two) of a goat was not such a good idea
- Staining pigments should be applied last as subsequent colors do not “stick” or cover as well
- Some of my favorites such as the beautiful quin burnt ochers and oranges fall into the category above
- And oh, you can ruin a poured painting with a pour when the pigment is too intense or very dark
So why do them?
Poured painting are plain outright FUN!
I love to see how the poured paintings develop. The burst of new colors are exciting – seeing where the puddles form and the trailing rivers of pigment may flow. This process provided the painter with a little thrill there as there is a certain element of risk and loss of control. And the finished effect is very interesting, very rich in color and very satisfying. It is not everyday that you can write a sentence with three “very’s” in it.