When it comes to fluid art, there are a lot of do’s and don’ts so I made a list of things to consider when trying it out:
- Over complicated paint mix recipes – don’t try to add too many ingredients to your paint, it can mess up the consistency and the way the paint dries – keep it simple.
- After mixing your paint don’t pour right away – give the paint time to sit so that any bubbles have time to collapse before you start (using a blow torch is apparently useful for getting rid of bubbles)
- Don’t pour without wearing gloves – I’ve learnt from experience that paint is EXTREMELY hard to get off your hands afterwards
- Elevate your canvas or panel using items like cups or push pins so that the paint can drip off the edges without sticking to the surface you’re working on
- Don’t forget to prime your panels – acrylic gesso is usually great for this! it’s an extra cost but will save you from repainting when your artwork doesn’t dry smoothly without indentations or an uneven texture
- Always have a large space to work on that you don’t mind getting messy and place a big towel/sheet over it so that it’s easy to clean up the mess after
- Consider using a top coat of some sort to seal your paints in and make the artwork stand the test of time – I typically use Liquitex Gloss Varnish but I know a lot of artist prefer to use Art Resin for a glass-like finish
- Use a good quality canvas/base – I found that canvases would sink in the middle because the paint mix was very thick and heavy so I prefer to use a wooden base for my pieces
I’ll keep adding to this list in the future because I’m always testing new products and methods so stay tuned!