Saturday, 30 December 2017

My first Video for IndigoBlu, introducing the Acrylic Pour Alchemy Kit.

Hello Crafters, I'm so excited to be sharing this video with you.

As many of you know by now I have become addicted to Paint Pouring and I have been really lucky to receive one of these New Kits by Kay Halliwell-sutton from IndigoBlu and also to have been asked to make a couple of Video's for their YouTube Channel IndigoBlu Tube.
So here is the first video and I hope you enjoy watching it. The video starts off explaining what you get in the kit, how to mix the paints ready for the pours and then I demonstrate two different pours.
A Dirty Pour, Flip Cup 
Paint Swipe. 
I hope you enjoy watching the video.

I shall be recording another Video this week showing you a couple more techniques. 
For now here are a couple of close up photos of the Pours I did in the Video.
Enjoy and I hope to see you visit me again soon xx

The first pour has started to dry out and you can see the colours have merged more. 
 Here are a couple of close ups of the now dry pour.

 This is the Paint Swipe after sitting for a couple of hours. Again the colours have merged a little more together. The white had created some great cells with the colours.

Couple of close ups

Thursday, 16 November 2017

First Dirty Pour / Flip Cup using the New IndigoBlu Alchemy Kit and Paint Colours

Hello there, today I have a quick and easy blog post to share with you, especially those of you who have just received your kit and haven't done anything like this before. 
Here I will be giving you a quick run through of the basics of using the New Acrylic Pouring Alchemy Set.
Kay's shows will also be on the Hochanda website on re-wind until 25th November
 This is what you will get in the box the kit arrives in, plus an instruction sheet and pairs of gloves.
Also a couple of extra things to remember. This can be a messy craft, so cover your work area and have a cloth or kitchen paper at the ready to clean your hands off.

The bottle of Cell-U-Like is like a little bottle of magic. This is what will create those wonderful Cells. 

 Within the kit you get coasters which will need to give a coat of Gee-Soo-Good before you do any pouring, so that you seal the surface. Some different size canvases and three bottles of the lush new paint colours.

 Grab yourself some of the shot glasses from the kit and add 1tsp of paint per glass

 Give the bottle of Go-Flow a good shake then add 2tsp of it to the shot glass for each colour you use

Give the paint and Go-Flow a good stir together with the lolly sticks. As Kay suggested I snapped mine in half.

 Add water to the mixture if needed. (If you mix the paint in advance, you may find the paint has thickened up when you go to use them and that's fine, just add some more water from the dropper until you have the right consistency 

Mix until you have consistency of Single Cream. The paint should flow off the stick

 For this pour I mixed up some white using the same amounts of paint and Go-Flow as above

 Take out a foil tray and put 4 glasses inside, then place your canvas on top of the glasses

 I used another shot glass to layer my paint colours into,(so you can see the layers of colour) but you can use the larger paper cup that comes in the kit.

Gloves at the ready and at this stage I added 3 drops of Cell-U-Like to the yellow paint

 I poured my paint into the shot glass in layers along with some white

 I then flipped the shot glass onto the middle of the board and left it a few minutes and voila, a beautiful puddle of lushness.(I left the glass on the side of the canvas to get every last drop of paint out!

 I then grabbed my blow torch to see if I would get some extra cells and also to pop any little bubbles. If you don't have a blow torch, and I know a lot of people don't, it doesn't really matter. ( I find that the burst of hot heat works really well and that's why I use one)
A hot craft gun will work as well, but don't use anything to powerful as it will blow the paint right off your canvas or just leave a thin layer of paint.

Then tip and tilt the canvas until the canvas is covered. Then leave to dry, making sure your pour on a flat surface! (See the pubbles of paint under the canvas, leave these to dry out and you can use the 'Paint Skin' in other projects. Thats another blog post!

 Here are a couple of close ups of the canvas once tilted

 Now once your canvas is dry, around 24 hours for the small canvas, you may find that it has darkened and that pattern may have changed slightly but that's normal. Once completely dry, you can give the canvas a couple of coats of varnish to bring the colours back to life. (Think of what happens to sea shells when they are wet. You get the beautiful colours but when they have dried out the colour has dulled. Put then in water again and the colours pops back)! Thought that might help you understand why it happens to your pour, or maybe not!
 I decided to add some embossing to this pour so I mixed up some Black Gee-Soo-Good with SuperThick Slap-it-on

 I decided to add the word Cherish as well and once dry gave the whole canvas another coat of varnish

If you are using the New Alchemy kit I hope you have as much fun as I am.
Happy Dirty Pouring
Sue xx

Wednesday, 15 November 2017

Experimenting with the Indigoblu Acrylic Pouring Alchemy Set

Hello there and Welcome. I have had such fun experimenting with the New IndigoBlu Acrylic Pouring Alchemy set and then making samples for Kay Halliwell-sutton's shows on Hochanda I thought I would share with you some of the things I have done. 
This is only the tip of the Iceberg so to speak and I'm learning something new every time I do a pour.
So let me share a few of the things I have found out so far.

One of the biggest things about this kit, is that it makes it really easy for you to create some outstanding pours. The difficult part has been done for you by Kay, adding all the right ingredients together in the bottle of Go-Flow to use along side the IndigoBlu paints, but more about the kit in tomorrows blog post. 
                    Today I will share a few details of the samples I made for the shows.
I haven't put the full details of colours etc that I have used in each pour, but the one thing I have done in each of the techniques is to follow the recipe of  1tsp of paint to 2tsp of Go-Flow for each colour. ( At this time I didn't use the New colours that come with the kit as they weren't available)!
A few drops of water were needed in some of the colours, some more than others, to keep the consistency right for pouring. Think single cream! 
Once this was well stirred and I was ready to do a pour I added 3 drops of Cell-U-Like to a couple of colours. You don't need to add it to the white. (Just as an extra bit of info, the white paint always seems to sinks and by putting Cell-U-Like into the colours they will push their way up through white especially when you do a swipe).
I also used my blow torch before tilting the substrates to get rid of air bubbles and to see if more cells would emerge.
This pour was done on a canvas using a Dirty Pour, Flip Cup. This means that the paint colours and Go-Flow were mixed up, adding a little water, then a little of each colour was poured into a new cup in layers with white paint. The cup was then flipped up onto the canvas, left for a few minutes to settle and then lifted up so the paint flows out over the canvas. The canvas is then gently tilted to help the paint flow over and cover the canvas.

This was another Dirty Pour Flip Cup using the paint mixture without adding water.

This pour was done using a different method. I used texture paste through a stencil onto the canvas and when dry, painted over the whole surface with white Gee-Soo-Good.
I mixed up enough paint to fill one of the larger cups in the kit. I layered the blues, purple and white into the cup then poured half of it over the middle of the canvas. I then tilted the canvas until the paint went over the sides of the canvas. Using a paint brush I then brushed away the paint from the words. Some white paint mixture was then poured over the middle of the words and brushed to the sides of the text. I did this several times to make sure the words could be seen clearly. I left this to settle for 10 minutes then went back and used the rest of the colour paint to create a boarder. This was left to dry for 2 days because of the thickness of the paint. I then gently went over the words with a blue StaZon Ink and pick out a couple of words in white. I then used a spray varnish to seal the canvas.

This canvas was done, blowing through a straw. White paint mixture was spread over the canvas then puddles of colours were poured across the middle, layer a couple of colours in each puddle. First blowing the colours out from the middle to one side of the canvas then changing round so the colours are blown out on the other side. I added more puddles and repeated the steps above.

This canvas was a Four cup Dirty Pour, Flip Cup. The paint was mixed up and poured in layers into 4 cups. These were then flipped onto the canvas.  White paint mixture was then poured around the cups. Once the white had settled each of the cups were lifted to release the paint. The canvas was tilted until the paint covered the canvas and sides.

This was a Dirty Cup poured onto one end of the canvas then tilted until the paint covered all the surface. Once dry the word Believe was stencilled using texture paste.

Technique- Dirty Pour, Flip Cup
So for this pour I prepared a cup with lots of white and yellow paint with small amounts of blue and red. 
I stirred the paint in the cup twice, just enough to break up the white and yellow, then flipped the cup onto the canvas. I let it settle, tourched it to pop any bubbles and to see if I could get more cell's which I did.
I love the colours that came up in this one. 

Technique –  Using Luscious Powders
Mix the LP with a little water to get a creamy paste. Add Go-Flow and mix. Do this to 5 colours. Add the Cell-U-like
Create 4 Dirty cups
Cover the board in white paint and flip the cups onto the board using a piece of thick plastic.

Lift cups up and let the Luscious flow. Tip the board until its all covered. Then sprinkle Unicorn Sparkles around the edges and in some of the white veins.

Technique – Christmas Decorations
First prime the plastic or glass bauble with gesso
Mix up 3 colours of paint as normal but don’t add water.
Pour colours into a paper cup and form a spout for the paint to pour from. You have more control doing this.
Hang the bauble, then slowly cover with paint from the top letting it slide down and cover the surface. Leave to dry for a few days.

Decorate and tie on a ribbon

Technique –  Door Hanger
Cover up one side of the door hanger with masking tape.
Paint the other side with gesso. Once this is dry create a pour on one side of the door hanger.
Let it dry, then varnish.
Remove masking tape then paint with gesso, then once dry paint with colour.
Decorate the front. I used a small clay face which I had done a pour over.

Wet Pour (Just done)
Technique – Pouring over a small bowl
Using Metallic Paints
Create a small dirty pour in the small bowl and flip into the centre of the cake board
Fill up a large cup with several different colours
Slowly start pour in circles over the top of the bowl. Keep going until you run out of paint
Wait a few minutes for the paint to level out then lift the bowl up. Tilt until the surface of the board is covered.
In hindsight I shouldn't have just used metallic paints.

Dried Pour (This size took 3 days to dry out)
I found that by using all metallic paints I didn't get any cells and when the pour had dried, the colours had merged together. 
Varnishing the board brought some of the colours out a little.

This is the little Technique book shown on Hochanda. I used the brown boards from the kit. Before I did any paint pouring on them, I painted both sides with Gee-Soo-Good.

The charms attached to the book were made from the skins left at the bottom of the tray after pours were done. 
These skins can be used for lots of art projects so don't throw them away.
Technique - Swipe
Mix up 3 colours of paint and some black Gee-Soo-Good.
Pour strips of  paint colours onto the board. Pour a thick strip of black paint one end of the board and using a piece of plastic packaging swipe the black paint over the colours. Watch the coloured cells appear.
Once dry I covered the pour with Liquid Glass.

Technique – Dirty pour using Luscious powders onto Dura-Lar
This is a great surface to pour onto as it won’t curl or wrinkle and once dry can be die cut shapes to use in card making etc.
Please note- You need to be patient as it takes
A long time to dry completely

Technique – Moving the paint by Blowing
Spread white paint over the board
Pool colours over each other in the middle of the board
Then blow the colours out towards the edges

Using the end of a paintbrush, pull the paint inwards to define petals

Technique – Dirty Pour Flip Cup over white paint
Spread white paint over the board
Fill a cup with 3 different colours & white
Flip cups into the middle and life off
Tip board from one corner the other

Technique -  3 Dirty Flip Cups

Create 3 small dirty cups using the same colours and flip onto board in different positions.
Lift the cups and let the colours run into each other. Tilt the board until its covered in paint.

Technique - Cup Slide
Make up a small Dirty Cup of colours. Cover the board with white mixture. Flip the dirty cup onto one end of the board. Let the cup slide across the board. Then lift the cup and tilt the board backwards to cover where it had already slid.

Technique - Creating a textured Pour
Mix up several paint colours keeping the paint thick. Pour colours in layers into a small squeeze bottle. Starting in the middle of the board, squeeze the bottle and make small circle movements until the paint is used up. If needed tilt the board until covered with the paint.

Technique - Straw Blowing
Paint over surface with white paint mixture
Pool layers of colours across the middle of the board
Blow out the colours using a Straw from both directions

Technique-Three cup Dirty pour onto Acetate
This is a great surface to pour onto as it won’t curl or wrinkle and once dry can be die cut shapes to use in card making etc.
Please note- You need to be patient as it takes
A long time to dry completely 

Technique - Dirty Cup Pour
Layer 3 colours into a cup, for this I used two blues and a yellow, plus a little white.(As you can see in the photo I had some green appear).
Don't flip the cup just pour the colours on the board and tilt until covered.

I hope you enjoyed ready this rather long blog post and I hope it gives you some ideas on starting this addictive craft.

My main advice would be to 'just go for it'. Don't get hung up on doing things the right way, experiment and have fun!