MY TOP 5 FLUID ART TIPS
My number one rule is to always use quality coloured paints. Don’t expect nice, vibrant colours if you use craft style cheap paints. Cheap paints have lots of fillers that will mess with the vibrancy of your colours. My favourite brands are Amsterdam, Derivan Mattisse and Liquitex.
For your best pouring ensure you’re always using fresh batches of fluid paint. Using 3 day old fluid paint mixes, could lose their ability to perform and create beautiful cells. I always mix fresh paint. If I’m having any issues with my pours and I’m using old paint, I know exactly where to start my troubleshooting. Gotta mix the fresh paint up baby!
Move your butt! Don’t take 20 minutes to pour colours onto the surface. Coloured paint will form a skin so when you move the paint if it has been sitting there, it will crack apart on the surface. This creates broken coloured areas, crazing or small cracks. Nice, wet paint moves better and you have more control! Don’t delay, get cracking!
Dry your fluid artwork slowly! Do not leave under a fan or in direct sunlight or wind. Letting the layers dry over time under a breathable cover, will produce a better finished piece. Speedy drying will produce cracks.
Transparent colours work best if you’re trying to achieve great cells. Opaque colours don’t cell up the way the transparent colours do. Good quality paints will show the level of transparency on the back of the tube or bottle. Always check this before buying new paints if cells is your end game.
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