2019 Topic 8: Put a Brush On It
Beautiful dripping brushes creating painty puddles is a real delight from Alison as she takes us through the process from concept to reality.
Hi everyone, it's Alison here from Words and Pictures here with you today, and I'd like to share with you some Puddles of Paint.
Who knows where creative ideas spring from? And sometimes I slightly wish they wouldn't ! When one of those ideas pops into your head that seems really great, but then you realise you're going to have to try to turn it into reality... well, this was one of those. But I am glad it did pop up, because I enjoyed the challenge and I'm so happy with the end result.
I loved Leandra's "Put a Brush on it" theme, and originally envisaged all sorts of vintage layering and detail. But then I happened to glance at the new JOFY stamps and a whole other idea popped up - quite a long way from my vintage comfort zone.
I immediately saw those fabulous layered splodges as puddles of paint, spreading out onto a canvas.
I've used not only the large splodges from JOFY 75, but also the flower heads from the stem on the right to create my puddles.
That meant I could brush it onto the bristles to get some texture like real paint, and then form the columns of paint "pouring" onto the canvas so that it really looked like a continuous stream.
And above all, my imagination saw the paint itself dripping from the brush to create the swirling puddles on the canvas...
... as though you'd just laid down the brush for a moment to do something else, and the paint decided to create some art all by itself. Now all I had to do was make it happen in real life.
I stamped the puddles onto plain card and had a wonderful time layering up paint colours and white pen doodling.
There are lots of paint colours involved from the Fresco Finish Chalk Acrylic range - opaque, semi-opaque and transparent, but all applied in watery washes to get nice layered shades. Rather than list them all, it's probably simplest if I just show you the photos of the bottles I had lined up on the craft table!
I gesso'd a couple of very cheap paintbrushes and worked out where I wanted to perch them around the rim of the reverse 12x12 canvas (also gesso'd). I cut out my puddles and arranged them so that they could be "dripped into" by the brushes.