PLAY WITH PAINT – 4 Techniques

07 Jan

paint pattern from stringstamped pattern with paintspray and drip paintpaint applied with dry bushcombination of 4 paint techniquesboxes painted with dry brush and stamping

For these experiments use either acrylic or gouache paints on primed canvas, water-soluble paper or wood surface.


Materials needed to try experiment: small container for mixing, string or medium link chain, brush or stick for mixing paint and water, hand protection (if required).

  1. Prepare a mixture of mostly paint and water proper for the length of string.
  2. Soak the string in the mixture until thoroughly covered.
  3. Allow excess moisture to drain from string and apply to surface.
  4. Remove from surface and leave to dry.


Materials needed for this experiment: paint brush, palette for mixing paint, small vinyl,rubber and/or rigid plastic from packaging suitable for repeat impression (ex: chocolate or cookie packaging).

  1. Choose one or more objects to use for stamping a repeat pattern.
  2. Mix paint or apply with a brush directly from paint tube on stamp.
  3. Stamp the design on a surface in a distinct or random pattern. Try using different colors, overlap and variations of paint on the stamp.

Dry Brush 

Materials needed for this experiment: old or worn paint brushes, palette

  1. Choose and mix color in palette.
  2. Dip brush in paint mixture and apply to surface in a wiping motion until the brush is clean.
  3. Repeat the process with more color varying pressure and angle of brush on surface.

Spray and Drip

Materials needed for this experiment: small spray or squirt container, water,brush or stick to mix

  1. Fill the bottle with enough mostly paint and water mixture to allow spray. Shake thoroughly.
  2. Spray mixture on surface. Immediately turn the surface in various directions allowing the paint to drip at different angles.
  3. Allow surface to dry thoroughly before applying other colours.

Now try combining these 4 experiments on one surface.  Cut the finished design into a shape or random pieces.  Reassemble with a new design. Have fun.


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2 responses to “PLAY WITH PAINT – 4 Techniques

  1. Linda T.

    January 7, 2013 at 5:39 pm

    Hi Diane. How are you doing? You will not believe how much snow we got today. L O T S Thanks for the lesson. Going to try it this weekend. Take care, Linda (Greenwood)

    • myartshow

      January 10, 2013 at 1:59 pm

      Hi Linda, I hope to offer something new every 2 weeks. Each session stands alone. But each experiment links to the next. Let me know how things go.


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