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Was going to get some photos blown up onto large canvases for our home but the wife suggested getting some blank canvases and doing some abstract paintings.
She really likes paintings by Carmen Herrera so we were thinking about doing something along those lines using masking tape and rollers for big solid slabs of colour.
Any painters on here? What kind of paint should we be using for this kind of painting? Acrylics?
- that's simple oil paint add some walnut oil to achieve this effect but be aware that it dries slower :)sted
- or yo can use linseed oil as an alternative, it will make the paint more flexible but it doesn't age very wellsted
- cheers :)microkorg
- diluting artist oil paints for this will cost you a fortune and won't really end up flowing like that.Gnash
- you are better off using high quality house paint - alkyd. you can get small 'sample' jars from house paint storesGnash
- even house enamel would work well hereGnash
- For drips like that, you likely need to use a 2 part resin like epoxy or polyester resin. They dry glossy, and will set in a few hours, as opposed to monthsmonNom
- Mix acrylic paint into it. Acrylic alone will shrink as it dries and loses it's water content.monNom
- ^ you're right about the house paint, if it's too thick it will shrink as it driesGnash
- Doing drip painting takes tons of time, prep and practice...getting the viscosity of the paint right is a killer.see_thru
- ahh shippings a bitch with this onedasohr
well for that dripping effect indeed one might make a case for acrylics because when they dry they are plastic hard, but on the other side you might have a bit of a nicer drip with oils...though they wouldn't dry for ages so i don't know how would that look...i would go for acrylics here...my 2c
for the Herrera style art, definitely acrylic
high quality canvas/frames and primer will make a huge difference
if you're going to be masking like in those first images... most def go w/acrylics
I use cradle panels rather than canvas, it's a better surface for graphic work. Also, use several coats of watered down gesso, each one sanded down to get a nice smooth finish. You'll get a better surface for the tape to adhere to and a sharper line when you paint.
I watched a documentary about Ian Davenport doing drip lines...getting the consistency of the paint right so it will run for the length of the canvas is a pain in the arse.