I try to get into the spirit of the process and learn along the way. I want to start with a simple piece, use a lighter color, add a drop or two of dye to the container, add a few drops of pigment, let the pigment dry for a few days and then use another piece to add an interesting pattern and finish with an oil spray. I do all this using my favorite liquid acrylic paint, it is a bit expensive though since the bottle is small. You could always use super thick acrylic paint, but that can quickly dry and the color won’t be as nice. Just a simple tip is to use a different color for every batch of paint, this way I’m not using the same color from batch to batch of paint.
Where does your paint come from?
I bought my very first bottle of acrylic paint when I was about 9 years old. It wasn’t a real paint made by any particular corporation, but it was a beautiful shade of brown. There were hundreds of bottles of that paint out there, most of them were labeled with different names (like “Dry Red” or “Frosted” or “Bamboo”). In a way it was a kind of “free” resource since it wasn’t just a factory produced item.
So, where does that free paint come from?
It all comes from my parents. When I was a child, my little sister and I would paint with a big canvas brush and then stick it on the wall. It didn’t really cost much to paint on the wall but they were in no way prepared for a large collection of paint. It wasn’t their fault because most of the paint didn’t last very long. My mom thought to herself, that’s the thing all my friends do: paint on walls. So, they started making their own brushes with various colored materials, like paint chips or old cotton balls, and then paint the whole canvas from one batch to another. I’ve always been fascinated by their creativity.
Any other advice you would give people wanting to make their own?
I love it when people say they have good enough skills to do it on their own, but unfortunately they’re not. If you don’t have the time, the patience or the funds to learn something new, chances are you’re not getting anything out of the paint. I’ve already tried a lot of different tools to help me with the process and some of them didn’t work very well. I don’t really want to
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