Acrylic paints are really not my forte, but I am trying to get better at them. At least on a first name basis but probably never BFFs. Hahahaha!
This is what I’m talking about. Right here! All this beautiful color! Lots of color involved, so is it expensive? I hear some of you asking what it costs to do something like this. Let’s not talk about the paper itself. This is in a special journal for a class I’m taking and yes, it is a little pricey. But the paint itself. Bright and beautiful, yes? I started off using Golden Fluid Acrylics but for what I am using these papers for I found that I preferred the cheap Walmart FolkArt Acrylics that you can sometimes get for as low as 50 cents a bottle. Seriously. I have seven bottles of color going on here for a grand total of $3.50 plus tax. And I have a whole lot of paint left in those bottles. I can make a ton of other pages and projects.
Yes, I know you only see six paints. To this mix I also pulled a blue out of my closet hanger of colorful wonderfulness in my studio.
I don’t know if I’ve ever shown you this here. I’ve posted it on Instagram before. I am in a small room and I literally have art supplies stashed in every conceivable spot in the room. And under furniture and between furniture. I am the master of organization because I have done it so many times. But I was getting frustrated because I couldn’t find the colors I wanted when I wanted them. I needed something more visible so I went – where else but Amazon online. It was delivered in two days – more or less – so it was quick. This hanging door rack holds a load of bottles and jars – it is amazing! And the best part is it cost $29.00 through Amazon. I believe most Walmarts will have something similar. Ours did not. Unfortunately. Fourth shelf down from the top – right hand side – those neon bottles of FolkArt acrylic craft paint. That’s what I used for these pages.
OK, I started with a flat brush and started swiping some green paths of color across both pages. I am using 90 lb mixed media paper which handles this acrylic paint well.
Then I went to the yellow. Be careful putting colors touching if the first one is still wet. Be mindful that mud can occur and mud isn’t all that lovely. I will show you that in a minute. Hahahaha!
And I just kept adding color swaths, one next to the other trying to avoid wet places.
Then I brought in this beautiful neon purple that really doesn’t look so purple. More like a beautiful red-purple. And I made the mistake of slapping some down on that right hand page – just underneath that white section. I didn’t get a photo because I was trying to figure out what to do. The purple painted on top of that green and yellow made some right awesome mud! Ick! So I tried to cover it with white. Not sure why I picked white. Cause it did not work.
Then I realized it didn’t work because I didn’t wait till the underlying mess . . . uh, mud . . . was dry and put more wet on it. So I got my heat gun out because I am impatient and dried it up. Then I put on more white to lighten the area some, then I went with a gob of orange over that whole section. Worked well. It made it look more layered, but I had that white space showing through the orange. So I added some brushes of pink in a couple spots and I loved it again. I also think that thin line of purple I slashed through the left hand side of the blob worked well to draw the eye away. You learn as you do. Here are a couple closeups of some areas I like!
And the finished spread of pages.
So much fun! Now I think it’s time to make a while bunch more pages of beautiful color!