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Delta = Change

Recently I was delving into the world of website management and discovered that my limits include:

  1. I know little about SSL (Those are secure socket layers)
  2. I get more emails about offering help with my website than I do to buy art.
  3. Just clicking the upgrade button does not fix problems.
  4. I am really bad at multi-tasking.

As a result, I have completely lost my previous website and am being forced to develop a new design. Yes, I know there are professionals to help with this problem, but the cost is far higher than the value. (So, if you are planning on sending me an email about this, please move on.)

So here I am, trying to update stuff with old stuff and new stuff and stuff that I want to accomplish. It will be slow, and if you got here because of a broken link, I am sorry that stuff is no longer accessible stuff.

Kid Safe and fun Almost Acrylic Tempera Fluid Painting

I have been asked a few times about using Tempera paint as a substitute for acrylic pouring.  As far as I can recall I had a grandmother asking if it was possible to use this type of paint so she could show her grandchildren.  First I have to say it is awesome showing kids how to make brave art.  Children have no interest in selling their art and do this for themselves and not for “Likes.”  In some ways, it is much like intuitive painting.  If only we could all go through life with childlike faith, childlike curiosity and childlike love.

Since this is really for kids and not intended to be archival, I used tempera paints and regular school glue.  Both are washable and safe to handle.  Tempera paint is not much different from acrylic except it uses calcium carbonate as a binder and does not dry into plastic.  Calcium Carbonate is pretty much found in eggs, snail shells and various other organic minerals.  It is sometimes referred to as Egg Tempera and was used long before acrylics.  There are some permanent tempera paints, but I am using a student-grade tempera from Chroma.  Chroma has a bunch of different types and recently came out with a Kids Chroma Tempera specifically for schools and kids.

What I found is that these act similarly to the craft-style paints.  Of course, the school glue is thicker and does not have a long-term archival property, but again, this is for fun and not for sale.  Based on the number of different types of tempera paints available I am sure you could get different results, but I hope you give this a try with a little one in your life!  So get your kids, get your paints and get your wet towels because this is tons of fun!

Here is the recipe I used.  (Please note, this is not exact, and I encourage you to experiment beyond just a recipe).

  • 1 part Paint
  • 1 part School Glue
  • A splash of alcohol
  • A splash of water

The alcohol will help with making cells and the water will help thin everything down some.  Once you get it the right constancy your can do a swipe, pour whatever you like.  Keep in mind, the Chroma Tempera paints actually use pigment so specific gravity does make a difference.

Here are the products that were used:

Another alternative to pouring medium

I was asked about using Floetrol as a pouring medium and was interested in doing some tests. After the testing and a great conversation with the guys at Flood regarding the science behind floetrol, I found it to be a pretty good alternative.

Without getting into too much detail in writing, I put together a video explaining what they told me and a sample pour with a recipe for using floetrol. I am going to give this a try on some larger pieces I have a commission as it seems to work just fine under resin.

Take a look at the video for a detailed explanation. There is a recipe in the description.

Some of the materials used with links:

  1. Flood Floetrol
  2. Silicone
  3. Art Resin
  4. Torch

How to transfer an image on an acrylic pouring painting.

I have been asked a number of times in my YouTube comments to explain how I transfer an image to a painting.  In this short video I go through all the steps I take to create such an effect.  It’s a simple process that takes some time but is always very calming and relaxing.

Here are the materials I use in the video: