Sunday, August 21, 2011

Yay, I just invented my own technique!

Sometimes I like to do outlines in my paintings. Black outlines. But they never come out like I want them to. They're either not black enough, not thin enough, or too even, or they look too 'thought out' instead of 'casually hand drawn'.


So today I grabbed a bottle of alcohol ink that I had (in a color that I almost NEVER use anyway) and I emptied it out. Then, I put black acrylic paint inside. And that was my "brush"!


The difference was amazing! 

Look at a flower done with a regular brush:



Now with my new tool:



There are blobs of paint everywhere, the petals are different from one another, the thickness of the lines is uneven (meaning: awesome!) and there are parts that don't have any paint at all - one of those "happy accidents" that make the flower look more natural. I love it!

Have you ever come up with a cool technique that made you happy? Share!

18 comments:

  1. I think happy accidents make it art....gives it interest. :)

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  2. I really LOVE the difference in those lines!!! You have inspired me to try that too!!! Thank you!!! ;-)

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  3. Awesome!! I've never tried it this way. I've only used the oiler boilers from Cheap Joes. (here's the link of you want to see: http://www.cheapjoes.com/cat/4951/)

    or the scribbles paint bottles, but you may have tried those, too.

    Your flowers lines are great!! :))

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  4. that little bottle is perfect!

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  5. Very cool - love the way you showed the difference in pictures!

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  6. Love, Love the difference.. I love it when you discover something that you really wanted all the way along!

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  7. Looks awesome. Creatives are so inventive.

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  8. Brilliant idea! I love the way it turned out. It's so fun to be resourceful.

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  9. I love that, it looks great! Mistakes and difficulties are the birthplaces of new creative techniques. The veracity of this statement is probably more a testament to the breadth of my mistakes and difficulties than anything else ;)

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  10. You have a great blog! Congrats on your Etsy shop too.

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  11. i love your blog!! This is awesome. isnt it great when we practice sheer brilliance!

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  12. This is fabulous. I'm going to have to try this one!!!!!!
    Thanks for coming over to Blueskies..
    I'm off to empty out the alcohol ink I never use!
    xo
    lynn

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  13. What a clever idea, it really makes a big difference, and it looks great (love that flower!).

    I like to do outlines as well, I use a nip pen dipped into acrylic paint mixed with water, or now, that I discovered them, bottles of acrylic inks.

    I like your blog, and paintings, and I'll be coming back to read more when I have a bit more time. (I'm in the FL e-course too).

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  14. What a great idea! Don't you love when an idea works out!! _Kelly

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  15. Hi Joana,
    What a great technique. I love happy little accidents like that. Your facebook page looks great, so colorful! Beautiful paintings, they just pop out with color. (i'm in the e-course too)

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  16. Woo Hoo for the Carvalho artists!! I'm so glad you found me! Your art is fantastic and I'm so happy that you are making time to paint. It gets easier as the kids get a little older (I have 4). Thanks for the comment and taking the time to find my blog. Let's keep in touch!

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  17. P.S. I'll add you to my blog list. I couldn't find a "follow" button on your blog.

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  18. Cool! Can I use your new technique?? ;D

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