The last several months while the migraine has been so bad again even when I’m not having an attack, I’ve been missed being creative. I’ve been having a lot of bad enough days where I can’t listen to music, can’t watch TV, can’t write fiction, can’t play around in Photoshop, can only read a little bit of actual physical books and only a bit more of ebooks when I blow the font size way up. So I’ve been getting bored, as well as miss both being creative and consuming creative works.
I’ve always loved colors and lovely abstract paintings, and for some reason I’d been watching a lot of videos on Youtube about acrylic paiting. I’m not sure how that happened – I’ve never really been before interested in painting, or knitting or anything I’d do with my hands except baking. I think it’s because I’ve been spending a lot of time on Etsy lately, and been seeing all these wonderful craft items people have made and are selling, such as paintings, handmade journals, handmade dyed paper and so on.
So I decided to try some acrylic painting myself! It doesn’t smell and looked like a lot of fun.
I started with just painting, this was my first try:
I did a few more with other colors, and then I came across acrylic paint pouring. And – I think I fell in love!
That was my first attempt at acrylic pouring. I kind of liked it, but I didn’t thin the paint nearly paint enough so it wasn’t as runny as it needs to be and so it didn’t really do what I wanted it to do. I scraped that paint off and after it had dried off, did a new pouring:
I LOVE this! It’s so cool to get something pretty like this with not that lot of effort 😀 I can see lots of pouring (and things like swiping) in my future; just need to buy a ton more colors, a whole lot more canvasses and also silicone and a chef torch so I can try and get cool cells like in this wonderful painting:
AcrylicPouring.com (where the above embed links to) has been a great resource BTW, with their videos and articles about the various aspects of pouring.
I’m really enjoying this hobby thus far – it’s fun, quiet, meditative, relaxing and I stop anytime I ned to. I can scrap failures and just paint over them until I get something I like so not much is wasted (so far, anyway!). I’ve even discovered that some of those failures that I couldn’t rescue, I’ve been able to turn in to wallpaper/digital paper textures in Photoshop! How cool is that 🙂