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paint experiments / monthly makers: colour

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I’ve been experimenting a bunch for this theme, and I have had SO MUCH FUN. I’ve spent multiple days just playing around with my acrylic paints and water testing what happens, having to clean up paint in panic like a million times and desperately longing for a gigantic studio. Surprisingly the resulting creation (as seen above) isn’t at all what I’ve been working on for most of the time!. Let’s take a look at the process! Paint experiments for Monthly Makers, by Jessica Andersdotter

It all started with me thinking I was gonna make paint blobs to use in pictures! They didn’t turn out at all like I wanted to though. Paint experiments for Monthly Makers, by Jessica Andersdotter
Tried it on black too but couldn’t get the shapes of the blobs as dramatic as I wanted them. Paint experiments for Monthly Makers, by Jessica AndersdotterMy palette looked way prettier. (I just realised I use aluminium foil on plastic lids for palettes like my old art teacher but that’s really wasteful!??!?! Shame on me. Need to change that!)Paint experiments for Monthly Makers, by Jessica Andersdotter
I tried making brush strokes but it was just a MESS. Sigh. Paint experiments for Monthly Makers, by Jessica AndersdotterSo I started playing around with more water and really liked the pattern it created. Paint experiments for Monthly Makers, by Jessica AndersdotterEspecially in the sun because it sparkled! I used metallic gold paint so it should but it was still pretty! Looks like pearl-shell.Paint experiments for Monthly Makers, by Jessica AndersdotterAll of a sudden (okay after playing around a bit) I had this!Paint experiments for Monthly Makers, by Jessica Andersdotter Paint experiments for Monthly Makers, by Jessica Andersdotter
And this! But I was exceptionally stupid because it didn’t dry quite as it had looked wet so I painted over it to try again… Needless to say I regret this decision, because i never managed to make something that looked like this. But nevermind, it resulted in me experimenting for a few more days so I guess it was worth it. Jessica Andersdotter_7481 Jessica Andersdotter_7488 Jessica Andersdotter_7484
I then took a short break from the acrylic paints and experimented with dripping my liquid ink (which is like the blackest of black – I love it!) onto wet paper. Kinda used too much on that first one as I got carried away, but I was back to creating stuff I could use in my pictures so the last one might be okay. Overall it didn’t turn out like I wanted it to. Sensing a trend here. Paint experiments for Monthly Makers, by Jessica AndersdotterI then decided to go get this framed cross stitch picture that I found a while back. Don’t really like the embroidery (soz) but I thought some kind of paint experiment would look cool in this frame! So I removed the TWO HUNDRED nails that kept the picture in place on the back (STUPID FRAME) and found a piece of like cardboard/wood/i don’t know. It was shiny and stuff though so the paint didn’t really cling to it and overall it DIDN’T REALLY TURN OUT LIKE I WANTED IT TO.Paint experiments for Monthly Makers, by Jessica Andersdotter Paint experiments for Monthly Makers, by Jessica Andersdotter
But I made this. The paint strokes got really visible after it had dried though and it looked pretty awful. (I’m guessing this was due to the shininess and just a non-suitable surface for acrylic paints.) So I painted over this too. Though I liked the shifts from gold to copper. Paint experiments for Monthly Makers, by Jessica Andersdotter
I then took a slight break to experiment with pouring paint into a container of water (a slightly too small container of water) but I think I would’ve needed more paint/more watered down paint so I’m gonna try that again some day! Paint experiments for Monthly Makers, by Jessica AndersdotterAnd so one sunny day I brought everything outside with me and stood in the sun playing around with the paints for a few hours. Paint experiments for Monthly Makers, by Jessica AndersdotterIt always looked best right at the beginning but during the time it took for the water to dry the colours had blended together and it was just a greyish green metallic mess.Paint experiments for Monthly Makers, by Jessica Andersdotter Paint experiments for Monthly Makers, by Jessica AndersdotterI tried to recreate the little islands of golden paint from the first one I made, but it was really hard. This was the closest I got.

It looked amazing as I was tilting the canvas though! Uploaded this lil video to Instagram.Paint experiments for Monthly Makers, by Jessica AndersdotterYet another day I tried using way less water and more paint to pour onto tiny canvases. I then tilted them and got paint everywhere, but I really like the result! Paint experiments for Monthly Makers, by Jessica Andersdotter Paint experiments for Monthly Makers, by Jessica Andersdotter Paint experiments for Monthly Makers, by Jessica Andersdotter Paint experiments for Monthly Makers, by Jessica Andersdotter
Turned into these four! My favourite is the second one! Or the last one. Kind of ran out of gold paint so I needed more water which meant a different type of pattern. These dried different though and a lot of the golden paint kind ran down on the surface below them.Paint experiments for Monthly Makers, Jessica Andersdotter Paint experiments for Monthly Makers, Jessica Andersdotter Paint experiments for Monthly Makers, Jessica AndersdotterAnd then the next day I went back to trying to make paint blobs to use in pictures all of a sudden! Paint experiments for Monthly Makers, Jessica Andersdotter
Tried it on this picture of me, but I’m not sold. I don’t know. I will try again with some other picture and maybe golden paint because GOLD IS THE MEANING OF MY LIFE. Paint experiments for Monthly Makers, Jessica Andersdotter
And then I sprayed some water on the paint (on thick paper, not canvas this time) like I had with the other experiments and it created these amazing patterns! Paint experiments for Monthly Makers, Jessica Andersdotter Paint experiments for Monthly Makers, Jessica Andersdotter Paint experiments for Monthly Makers, Jessica Andersdotter
I instantly fell in love. I love these pictures so much I’m debating making them into my actual creation. But it was kinda dark when I did this and they looked better when wet because they had the patterns inside the paint fields as well. So I might redo it with better lighting! Anyway, I used them on a picture right away. Like right away! I promise.fire-2016_23809619109_o grön1 _dsc0173-copy_23809669189_o Jessica Andersdotter_7268 copy fire-2016_24069398972_o

And there we have it! I tried just adding them on top as blue blobs but it looked stupid, so I used the shapes of the paint pictures as layer masks for the pictures which gave these white paint stains. And then I added some green and blue into the pictures just to make it fit the theme a bit more. They were a bit grey before hehe.

And that was me experimenting with paints for the theme for Monthly Makers this month!


Monthly Makers is a challenge for anyone who wants to be more creative or create more. During 2016 we’ll have twelve monthly challenges for you to be inspired by. For April the theme is Colour/Paint and Alicia is the hostess. Comment on this post with a link to your creation to participate! You have until the 28th!

The people behind Monthly Makers are Alicia, Anna María, Annica, Beata, Beatrice, Elsa, Mikaela, Ruth, Sandra, Stina and Wilda and me. Get inspired, create and challenge yourself with us all year! Read more here.

 

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10 Comments

  • Reply Anna María 21 May, 2016 at 08:54

    Så häftigt Jessica och jättekul att få se hela din process. Och vad mycket olika tekniker och varianter du provat på. Så kul att se!

    • Reply Jessica 21 May, 2016 at 10:52

      Ja jag tänkte att det kunde vara kul! Har sysslat så himla mycket med detta haha!

  • Reply H 21 May, 2016 at 10:40

    Jag gillar serien med de små tavlorna i blått och guld. Såg ut som att de skulle vara snygga upphängda tillsammans :)

    • Reply Jessica 21 May, 2016 at 10:54

      Jaa jag gillar den också!! Hade tänkt ha den som bidrag ett tag men de är inte lika fina torra :(

  • Reply Mikaela 21 May, 2016 at 10:50

    Men shit vad mycket grejer du hunnit med! Vad kul att du experimenterat och lekt så mycket :D Jag gillar verkligen de fyra guldblå små tavlorna! Och de sista som du sedan använde i fotona, magiskt! Vad inspirerande, jag blev jättesugen på att leka runt med färger och spraya vatten och grejer nu!

    • Reply Jessica 21 May, 2016 at 10:53

      Jaa har haft så HIMLA kul alltså älskar det!!! Har beställt mer färg (gått åt all färg i världen typ) och Canvas! Jag gillar också de små guldblå på de här bilderna, men inte så värst hur de ser ut i torrt :( du får komma på besök och leka med färg med mig!!!

  • Reply Ruth | HungryHeart.se 21 May, 2016 at 11:45

    Wow, du är verkligen en magimakerska! Älskar att vi får hänga med på hela din process med ups and downs och jag kan knappt fatta hur du hunnit med alla olika experiment.
    När jag ser dina slutbilder så känns de för mig som ett riktigt starkt statement mot miljöförstöring: först ett vackert foto av naturen i bakgrunden och sedan som utfrätta områden där bilden börjar suddas ut. SÅ djävla vackert!

    • Reply Jessica 21 May, 2016 at 11:58

      Hehe har varken jobb eller skola just nu, så det är så jag hunnit haha! Men tack!!!! Häftig tolkning, älskar att höra sånt!!!

  • Reply Wilda 23 May, 2016 at 16:15

    Vilket experiment! Eller ja, många experiment! Så imponerad över din förmåga att hålla på och utveckla ett projekt länge. Tålamod! Det här var verkligen läckert. Och gud vad jag känner igen det där att bli nöjd men inte helt nöjd, måla över och sen blir det aldrig så bra igen… bra då att dokumentera förloppet. :)

  • Reply Alicia 3 June, 2016 at 11:14

    Alltså det har tagit mig så himla lång tid att kommentera det här inlägget haha för jag är så överväldigad. Älskar din arbetsprocess den här månaden, du har liksom sprängt alla ramar och ba exploderat all over the place och det är så fantastiskt! Dina blåguldiga canvasar är sååå magiska! MÅLA ALDRIG ÖVER NÅN MER! Jag blev extremt inspirerad till abstrakt måleri!

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