Michigan Shaped Fluid Art

In the last year fluid art has really taken off, people really seem to be drawn to it. I think because it's easy and accessible, if you just had acrylic paint, water (most acrylic paint can be thinned by just water up to 30% without it affected the pigments and structure of the paint) and something to put it on you could start creating your masterpieces. I created my first pieces 3 years ago and at that time it didn't really have the name fluid art, a lot of times people called it dirty pours. That essentially is what it is, a cup of paint with multiple colors poured onto a canvas, now people refer to it as the flip cup method. They use strainers by pouring the paint through them, poke holes in the bottom of cups to manipulate the flow, use balloons filled with paint and then poke holes in them for a different delivery of paint to the canvas. After the paint makes it way to the canvas, the canvas is tipped and tilted to create the desired look or using other objects like strings or balloon bounced off the surface to create a whole other look. The options for this abstract art are really endless.

I recently offered this form of art work in my studio as a workshop, most if not all the participants were new to this process. So we kept it simple....we used a paint product made by American Crafts called Color Pour paint, in my studio I wanted to offer a positive fool proof experience. This product delivered just that, it is premixed and delivers consistent results (and I feel if a person is paying for a workshop the facilitator should have all those kinks worked out so they leave with a finished piece, unless it's an experimental art workshop, in which the results are open ended). I know you can purchase this at Hobby Lobby (I saw it there the other day) and it is also available on Amazon. Here is my affiliate link to my store, it doesn't cost you any extra to purchase by following the link but I do get a small commission if you do. https://www.amazon.com/shop/heartfullartstudio

When I create fluid art for myself, I do use my own recipes because it is cheaper to use up whatever acrylic paint I have with some form of flow medium; that could be distilled water, deco art flow, floetrol or white glue. I will include these recipes in my next blog post.

Here are the "test" tiles that were done before the Michigan pour.

For the studios' workshop I offered the opportunity to do some test pours over 4x4 ceramic tiles, then the main piece was the shape of Michigan. Why the test pours? Most people have never just poured paint on anything to watch it flow and make shapes, they need an opportunity to try, to see how the medium will react and how they react to the medium. This worked very well, it gave my clients an opportunity to experience something and not be afraid to fail or "screw it up". I like to offer the State of Michigan because it would make a great piece that people can display in their home or give as a gift, instead of just a canvas (that being said it is a challenging shape but all my clients did very well). Here are the amazing pieces my clients completed. I do suggest they coat them with 2 part epoxy, especially the tiles if they want to use them as coasters also the epoxy adds another dimension to piece.

I will be offering another workshop or two in April and I will have those dates figured out as soon as replenish my supplies.