I found a bucket of old house paint and decided it was a good opportunity to test out some new fluid like techniques.

Goals: make a big mess, explore, study the quality of house paint

Procedure: I started these painting by pouring copious amounts of white house paint onto the canvas. Then, I dispersed small globs of colored pant in a fairly random fashion.  here’s what happened…. 


Growing Goo

Conclusions: The house paint has a nice thick quality to it, but it can get crackly when it drys. It was good to use for experimental purposes since its so much cheaper than acrylic  paint, but it’s probably not anything I could normally be able to use. The main problem with house paint is the questionable preservability, but the unique thickness and texture is quit desirable.

I learned that when doing such large crazy brushstrokes, less is more. Less paint on the brush produces more fine line details of the individual brushstrokes.  It seems that  fewer big brushstrokes make it easier to focus on the detail of individual brushstrokes. I’m trying to perfect the zig zag brush stroke technique. So far here’s what I’ve learned:

Components of the Zig Zag Brushstroke 

  • proper constancy of paint, easily spreadable but not runny
  • a dry brush and no water in the paint
  • a color pallet with high contrast colors that still look good together when blended
  • use lots of white and small amounts of strong color, or lots of color and small amounts of white