Fluid Art – Paint Pouring

Fluid Art – Paint Pouring

My latest passion is for fluid art. This form of painting is new to me and I am totally in love with it. Because there are many ways of pouring paint, the possibilities are endless and some of the results exceptional.

Mixing it up

At the moment I am experimenting with different techniques and with different paint mediums. The thickness of the paint is key. Because I want to be able to manipulate the paint it needs to be fluid enough to move easily across the canvas. There are as many recipes for how much painting medium needs to be added to the paint as there are artists! I have watched many tutorials by several different artists, and found even more recipies for paint and paint medium ratios. There are also a number of facebook groups I have joined where we share our paintings and techniques. Its not often that a day goes by without somebody asking “what do you mix your paint with”, or “what is paint medium?” and the answers are always varied.

Often it is recommended that we experiment and get a feel for what gives the desired result .

Like baking a cake

Mixing the paint is exactly like baking a cake. Many people can follow the exact same recipe and end up with very different looking cakes. So too with paint and fluid art. I made cakes almost everyday for 20 years in my tea rooms and although I initially followed a recipe for a guide to the proportions, I never weighed the ingredients. The way the cake mixture felt was more important than using an exact amount of flour. This is exactly the same with my paint mixture. I know there are some rules and guidelines about too much water will make the paint unstable. However, if you dont experiment and find out how much water is too much water, how will you ever know!

Also, I am not known for following rules on how to do something.

Experiment and have fun

Art is fun, it is challenging and all about experimenting with different materials until you find the effect you want. Because paints will interact differently with other paints it is great fun to try different combinations. Although I have an idea of what I am aiming for when I start a piece of fluid art, the final result may be very different. More often than not I change my mind about what I am hoping to achieve long before it is finished. It is possible to choose the same colour combination and the same methodology and still achieve very different paintings.

The final result can not be guaranteed, there are two many variables. Its all about the process, how it feels and how it inspires me in the moment.

Petal by Petal – Leaf by Leaf

Petal by Petal – Leaf by Leaf

Lindy Creates is Born

 The internet is a wonderful resource and tool for learning. Before I started making paper flowers I researched. Read books, watched countless youtube videos and looked at even more images on pintrest and instagram. That’s how I like to learn something new. When I see something that inspires me I research. When I have Digested the theory and watched how somebody else does it, I then master it and put my own twist on it and make an idea my own. It’s often been said of me that I don’t like to just follow the instructions, I need to rewrite them!  However, after researching so much I was hooked. I just had to develop my own technique and style.This is how Lindy Creates was born, and my own style of creative paper flowers came to be.

   The first petal

   With so much information and so many ways of doing it, where should I start. The obvious starting point for me was the end point! Typically, I start at the end and work backwards. With so many variations producing very different results I had to decide on the result I was looking for. Many of the methods used produce very realistic reproductions and this I decided was my goal. My first petal was from a coffee filter. This technique appealed to me particularly as I previously owned a tea room for twenty years before starting on my new adventure. The coffee filter was coloured using food colouring which gave me an added sense of synchronicity. My old business lending support to my new business, it felt rather good.

     Exploring materials

 In addition to using coffee filters another technique I tried was using cup cake cases. This method also produced reasonable flowers, however I prefer the finish and the feel of the coffee filters. Cardstock produces many different effects. In Particular pearlised cardstock is often used for wedding backdrops and wedding bouquets. Vintage styles can be obtained using musical scores, ordnance survey maps or printed papers. The quality of materials available is impressive. The potential for creating unique and bespoke items is limitless. Crepe paper is available in so many different weights, with quality papers from Italy and Germany. Currently my favourite crepe is from Germany and is an extra fine grade. It feels and looks a little like velvet and is beautiful to work with.

  Inspiration All around

  Inspiration comes to me in very many ways. Nature is obviously a prime source, so to is fine decor, wall paper, wrapping paper, fabric and textiles. If I see an idea that inspires me, I often think “how can I do that, but differently” I like to make things my own and not just reproduce something somebody has already done. Having said that a Rose is a Rose, and I like my flowers to not just represent the flower I am portraying but to be an artistic yet believable reproduction. They may not be exactly as you would see in nature, indeed some are totally fictitous. However, I do want them all to look like they could exist in a world somewhere where beautiful flowers grow. All my flowers and foliage are hand crafted. Each petal and and each leaf is individually cut by hand and coloured or shaped before being assembled into the finished bloom.This means that no two blooms are exactly the same and as in nature each one is unique and individual.

 

 

 

Autumn is on its way

Autumn is on its way

Falling Leaves of Gold

 Today has had a definite feel of Autumn, the air has changed, bringing a lovely fresh clean smell with it. I love autumn! This is my most favourite time of year its still bright and sunny but with a cooler feel to the morning sunlight. Soon nature will prepare for the the winter months and a time of rest. But first the trees and flowers in the garden will throw out a splendid display of golden colour.

 Being so inspired by this Autumnal feeling today, I found some fabric maple leaves I had been holding on to for quite some time. Just waiting for the right project to come along, I wanted to create something special. To do the colours  justice, the project had to ‘pack a punch’. knowing that the project would present itself at the right time, I held on to them and waited ……. I do believe that today was the right time and the Autumnal Wreath is the right project. I do hope you agree that the wreath has captured the golden glow of autumn.