Lyn is an artist based near Vancouver, BC, Canada. She’s been involved in this pursuit since 1991. It fills her soul and calms her mind. Here are a few examples of her work.
When I paint, I use Liquitex pouring medium. It’s self-leveling, gives a smooth finish, and because it has a little resin in it, it dries glossy. That way I don’t have to go that extra step and varnish or use resin on my painting. Here’s my formula: for each 1 ounce plastic jigger, I use almost a full ounce of Liquitex pouring medium, 8 to 10 drops of GAC800 to prevent crazing and cracking, and 10 to 12 drops of golden fluid acrylics. If I use tube paint, I put about half an inch of colour in the bottom of my 1 ounce plastic jigger, I add 8-10 drops of GAC800, and fill it almost to the top with Liquitex pouring medium a little at a time, stirring all the way.
I use 12 or 13 of these for a 16” x 20” canvas. So, I might have three of light aqua blue, three of metallic copper, two Prussion Blue, and so on. Then I do whatever technique I want whether it’s flip cup or swipe or ring pour or a straight pour, as shown, using these containers of paint.
I find it so easy to mix it up in these little jiggers. And they clean out as well. You can either go right to the water source and using soapy water and a few sponge towels, clean them out, or you can wait until they’re completely dry, and using a toothpick start them off and then they just peel the colour skin out. And the paint goes in the trash. It wads up to a tiny amount the size of a pea.
I use a cloth to wipe my palette knife, which I’ve used for mixing up paint. Very little waste happens in my studio. All of my drips are collected up into a container and used as the corner paint, the stuff that starts the runoff the edge of the canvas. Love Lyn
Specific Gravity – working with it
Golden has a chart you can copy/paste/print off that will tell you the specific gravity (SG) of each colour. Then you have the choice of using colours that are closer in SG. It’s something that I’ve worked with from time to time although it can be limiting. Another thing I do is wait for a bit (not too long) so the paint sets up and then I slash the white or black in with hard flicks. That can be a lot of fun. I also pre-paint the canvas with the colour I want to show through. Then I don’t worry if the paint I pour on goes everywhere. It can skip across certain areas to its heart’s content. This leaves a lacing effect in a matt finish. There is so much that can be done with pouring. We have more control than we first thought. The painting I’ve shared is called, “To The Deep”. It shows the white drizzling I’ve done after the paint has set up a bit. I also created a Prussian Blue and slashed it. There are black matt patterns around the edge of this painting where the paint didn’t flow. I had pre-painted the canvas black. Hope this helps. Love Lyn