Projects haven’t been going well around here lately, so I needed to take a break and just do something fun and artistic. So I tried out an acrylic pour technique that I’ve seen others do lately called the “cloud effect”. As the name would suggest, it’s an effect caused by adding a certain paint (Decoart Americana Satin Enamel) to the white paint, and it creates these billowy clouds of white paint.
And while I was at it, I also added a frame to my canvas. I love the look of framed artwork. For some reason, unframed canvases hung on a wall just remind me of a college dorm room or a person’s first apartment right out of college. I much prefer the finished look of framed artwork, but when I use gallery-wrapped canvases (the thick ones that are stapled on the back to create clean sides of the canvas), I like the floater frames that have the gap between the frame and the canvas so that the sides are still a little bit visible.
But those floater frames (especially the thicker ones that fit the 1.5-inch-thick gallery-wrapped canvases) are expensive! I’ve seen floater frames for 12″ x 12″ canvases cost anywhere from $30 to $50, so I made my alternative to mimic the look for under $4.
You can see the whole project here…
If you’ve never done an acrylic pour before, you really should! It’s fun experimenting with different paints and colors to see what happens. And what I love even more about it is that the result is only about 1/4 dependent upon your effort, while the rest is left up to chemistry and physics. It’s like a tangible display of the beauty and art of chemistry and physics.
For this painting, I used the following paints:
- Liquitex Basics:
- Phthalocyanine Blue (with a drop of Artists Loft Mars Black)
- Turquoise Blue
- Rose Pink
- Deep Violet (with a drop of Artists Loft Mars Black)
- Golden, Iridescent Gold (Fine)
- Decoart Americana Satin Enamel, Pure White
- Artists Loft, Titanium White
All of the colors except the gold were mixed 2 parts Floetrol to 1 part paint, with a tiny bit of water mixed in. The Iridescent Gold was mixed 1:1 with Floetrol, with no water added. The white paint mixture was about 4 parts Artists Loft Titanium White and 1 part Decoart Satin Enamel Pure White. I mixed that first and then added the Floetrol in the 2 parts Floetrol to 1 part paint ratio.
After all of the colors were mixed individually, then I layered the colors into a cup, and then poured the paint onto the canvas.
I was using a canvas that I had previously used and scraped because I didn’t like the outcome. So that’s why the canvas isn’t white. 🙂
After pouring the paint and using my torch to remove the bubbles, I then started moving the paint around on the canvas by tilting it in various directions.
Once I got it where I wanted it, I placed it on four small cups and let it dry.
I left it for about 24 hours to dry, and then worked on the frame. First, I used a scrap piece of 1″ x 4″ lumber and cut it into 1/4-inch strips using my table saw.
Then I mitered the corners using my miter saw, and then painted those pieces black.
I wanted these to mimic the look of the gap that you see on an actual floater frame. Since these pieces were cut from a 1″ x 4″ piece of lumber, they were 3/4-inch tall, so they only covered half of the edge of the 1.5-inch gallery-wrapped canvas.
When those pieces were dry, I attached them to the sides of the canvas using small 18-gauge nails.
Then I cut the main pieces of the frame out of 1″ x 2″ pre-primed finger joint lumber, mitering the corners using my miter saw.
Before attaching these, I painted the inside edges of those pieces (i.e., the sides that would go up against the black pieces). Then I nailed them into place the same way.
I filled all of the nail holes and tiny cracks on the mitered corners with wood filler…
…and then sanded everything smooth and gave the frame two coats of paint.
And it was finished! A frame that mimics the look of a floater frame at a fraction of the cost!
By the way, if you want to see more artwork videos, be sure to subscribe to my YouTube channel! I have about a thousand artwork ideas that I want to try out, and I’m not sure if I’ll be sharing all of them here on the blog. We’ll see how many I actually have time to do. I might end up doing some sort of monthly or bi-weekly recap post of the artwork I’ve tried so that the blog doesn’t become an art blog. I’m still not sure exactly what I’ll share here and what I’ll just keep on YouTube, but I do know that if you want to see all of the videos as I publish them, you can for sure do that if you subscribe to my YouTube channel. Of course, any project video I do that’s more house-related (building my studio cabinets, building the coffee table for my living room, etc.) will definitely be posted on the blog as well.
Also, I’m happy to sell any of the artwork I create if any of you are interested (unless I specifically make it for a room in my home). I have so many ideas, and there’s no way I can keep everything I make. So just let me know if you see something you’re interested in.