Introducing Tornado of Sews

Friday, 18 June 2021

 I'm a big believer in supporting small businesses, especially during these trying times, and even more so when they happen to be run by an absolute babe! Tornado of Sews is my bestie Fal's new business, she makes incredible mixed media embroidery, sells prints and bookmarks of her original art, and is available for commissions too! I've bought an adorable tentacle piece, and also commissioned a family inspired hoop as a present for my parents, and can't recommend them enough.

Also, shout out to any Megadeth fans who get the reference!




Like me, Fal is a huge horror fan, so there are some amazing horror inspired pieces in her store. From Carrie, to awesome found footage movie Creep, to Candy Man, A Nightmare on Elm Street, and even cult classic Repo! The Genetic Opera, there is something any horror fan will love. I'm still gutted I missed out on her beautiful Midsommar piece and hope she brings it back again.




As well as horror movie pieces, there is also general spookiness abound, with cute pumpkins, waving tentacles, creepy scarecrows and more.




Most recently Tornado of Sews expanded into prints and bookmarks, and I am completely obsessed with this Wendigo bookmark in particular, what a cute spooky boi!

As luck would have it, they have just announced a new giveaway on their Instagram, so check that out below and enter!


If you want to see more, I'm going to post all of their social media links as well as their Etsy shop, so please check them out!

https://www.etsy.com/uk/shop/TornadoOfSews

https://www.facebook.com/tofsews/

https://www.instagram.com/tofsews/

https://twitter.com/TOfSews

This isn't a sponsored post, I just really love this shop and am proud of Fal for starting her own business!


Much love,

Kitty xxxx

Introducing Tornado of Sews

Friday, 18 June 2021

 I'm a big believer in supporting small businesses, especially during these trying times, and even more so when they happen to be run by an absolute babe! Tornado of Sews is my bestie Fal's new business, she makes incredible mixed media embroidery, sells prints and bookmarks of her original art, and is available for commissions too! I've bought an adorable tentacle piece, and also commissioned a family inspired hoop as a present for my parents, and can't recommend them enough.

Also, shout out to any Megadeth fans who get the reference!




Like me, Fal is a huge horror fan, so there are some amazing horror inspired pieces in her store. From Carrie, to awesome found footage movie Creep, to Candy Man, A Nightmare on Elm Street, and even cult classic Repo! The Genetic Opera, there is something any horror fan will love. I'm still gutted I missed out on her beautiful Midsommar piece and hope she brings it back again.




As well as horror movie pieces, there is also general spookiness abound, with cute pumpkins, waving tentacles, creepy scarecrows and more.




Most recently Tornado of Sews expanded into prints and bookmarks, and I am completely obsessed with this Wendigo bookmark in particular, what a cute spooky boi!

As luck would have it, they have just announced a new giveaway on their Instagram, so check that out below and enter!


If you want to see more, I'm going to post all of their social media links as well as their Etsy shop, so please check them out!

https://www.etsy.com/uk/shop/TornadoOfSews

https://www.facebook.com/tofsews/

https://www.instagram.com/tofsews/

https://twitter.com/TOfSews

This isn't a sponsored post, I just really love this shop and am proud of Fal for starting her own business!


Much love,

Kitty xxxx

Kitty Paints A Lot

Saturday, 13 March 2021

 A couple of months ago I shared my first attempts at painting, and since then I've not stopped! I actually have now set up a Facebook page just for it, and sticking with the naming theme, it is Kitty Paints A Lot. I figured I'd share some of my more recent paintings!




This is called a 'kiss pour', made mostly using Dyno paint by Pebeo which are some favourites of mine because of the lovely iridescent sheen they have.



This is part of my 'Alien Rainbow' series that my husband kindly finished for me with a gloss varnish to make the black really pop.



Another from my 'Alien Rainbow' series, using the same colours as the one above, but in a different technique.

In fact give a take a colour, all three of these paintings have used the same colours, just in totally different styles. I'll share more paintings soon, but in the mean time, follow my Facebook page for more regular updates.


I am available for commission, so drop me a message if you want more info.

Much love,
Kitty xxxx

Kitty Paints A Lot

Saturday, 13 March 2021

 A couple of months ago I shared my first attempts at painting, and since then I've not stopped! I actually have now set up a Facebook page just for it, and sticking with the naming theme, it is Kitty Paints A Lot. I figured I'd share some of my more recent paintings!




This is called a 'kiss pour', made mostly using Dyno paint by Pebeo which are some favourites of mine because of the lovely iridescent sheen they have.



This is part of my 'Alien Rainbow' series that my husband kindly finished for me with a gloss varnish to make the black really pop.



Another from my 'Alien Rainbow' series, using the same colours as the one above, but in a different technique.

In fact give a take a colour, all three of these paintings have used the same colours, just in totally different styles. I'll share more paintings soon, but in the mean time, follow my Facebook page for more regular updates.


I am available for commission, so drop me a message if you want more info.

Much love,
Kitty xxxx

Paint Pouring : My Second Swipe

Saturday, 23 January 2021

 In my last blog I talked about making two paintings as a surprise for my Grandad, I shared one, but not the matching one. The first one I shared here, was done with exactly the same colours as this one, but with white, and this was done with black. My aim was to create a sort of Spring/Autumn diptych, inspired by my Grandma's favourite clothing items. This is Autumn.

        

These are both wet, you can see the changes as it develops. The drying really allows the gold to come through, and the colours to show properly with these sort of methods.


This is the final finished piece. I used iridescent paints from Pebeo mixed with water, Pebeo pouring medium and silicone oil for these. Once dry, that sheen from the iridescent paints really comes through beautifully!

        

Some close ups that really show off the colours and details better.

        


I'm loving my new hobby!

Much love,
Kitty
xxxx

Paint Pouring : My Second Swipe

Saturday, 23 January 2021

 In my last blog I talked about making two paintings as a surprise for my Grandad, I shared one, but not the matching one. The first one I shared here, was done with exactly the same colours as this one, but with white, and this was done with black. My aim was to create a sort of Spring/Autumn diptych, inspired by my Grandma's favourite clothing items. This is Autumn.

        

These are both wet, you can see the changes as it develops. The drying really allows the gold to come through, and the colours to show properly with these sort of methods.


This is the final finished piece. I used iridescent paints from Pebeo mixed with water, Pebeo pouring medium and silicone oil for these. Once dry, that sheen from the iridescent paints really comes through beautifully!

        

Some close ups that really show off the colours and details better.

        


I'm loving my new hobby!

Much love,
Kitty
xxxx

Paint Pouring : My First Swipe

Sunday, 17 January 2021

 I recently blogged about my new lockdown hobby, acrylic paint pouring, and since then I've been really obsessed with practicing and improving. I bought some new supplies, Pebeo paint as it comes highly recommended and has been on sale at Hobbycraft, Pebeo pouring medium, which is mixed with the paint for a smoother flow, and silicone oil. You use silicone oil to make what are referred to as 'cells', they allow paint of different densities to rise to the surface of the painting.

I decided to do two paintings inspired by my Grandma. She always wore a pink flowery scarf, and in the summer loved a cream silk shirt. I picked colours that made me think of her and decided to do a style called a 'swipe', with silicone oil to make cells. When using silicone oil, a blowtorch is handy, yes really! It helps pop air bubbles within your paint, and also activate your cells. As the painting dries, the cells will change and grow, so a wet painting will look quite different to a dry one. I also used iridescent paint, which isn't obvious when wet.


             

The left photo is it straight after pouring, the right a couple of hours after. You can see the cells become more prominent and more colour has come through. It takes a long time for this sort of painting to dry, so once it was finally dry, this is what it looked like.


The photos really don't show the iridescence well, but I also took some close ups of the details. Once dry the gold comes through a lot more, as well as the shine of the paint.

             

            



I'll post part 2 of this series with the matching piece soon!

Much love,
Kitty 
xxxx

Paint Pouring : My First Swipe

Sunday, 17 January 2021

 I recently blogged about my new lockdown hobby, acrylic paint pouring, and since then I've been really obsessed with practicing and improving. I bought some new supplies, Pebeo paint as it comes highly recommended and has been on sale at Hobbycraft, Pebeo pouring medium, which is mixed with the paint for a smoother flow, and silicone oil. You use silicone oil to make what are referred to as 'cells', they allow paint of different densities to rise to the surface of the painting.

I decided to do two paintings inspired by my Grandma. She always wore a pink flowery scarf, and in the summer loved a cream silk shirt. I picked colours that made me think of her and decided to do a style called a 'swipe', with silicone oil to make cells. When using silicone oil, a blowtorch is handy, yes really! It helps pop air bubbles within your paint, and also activate your cells. As the painting dries, the cells will change and grow, so a wet painting will look quite different to a dry one. I also used iridescent paint, which isn't obvious when wet.


             

The left photo is it straight after pouring, the right a couple of hours after. You can see the cells become more prominent and more colour has come through. It takes a long time for this sort of painting to dry, so once it was finally dry, this is what it looked like.


The photos really don't show the iridescence well, but I also took some close ups of the details. Once dry the gold comes through a lot more, as well as the shine of the paint.

             

            



I'll post part 2 of this series with the matching piece soon!

Much love,
Kitty 
xxxx

Original Stitch x Pokémon Company Holiday Surprise Release

Wednesday, 23 December 2020

 Original Stitch & The Pokémon Company have a new limited edition product, shirt mini pouches! Their fabrics are always so cute, and I am such a Pokémon fan, that I just had to share these with you.


Here is their press release - 


'The Pokémon Company & Original Stitch Unbox Holiday Surprise: Limited-Edition Pokémon Shirts Mini-Pouches featuring 251 Pokémon fabrics



SAN FRANCISCO & TOKYO, December 23, 2020—Original Stitch and The Pokémon Company today announced Pokémon Shirts Mini-Pouches, featuring designs from all 251 types of Pokémon print fabrics, showcasing Pokémon that appeared in the Pokémon Red and Pokémon Blue video games, as well as Pokémon Gold and Pokémon Silver. The Mini-Pouches will be offered to anyone who purchases a Pokémon shirt, including dress, casual, relaxed, polo, or kids’ items, at no additional cost while supplies last (masks and bandanas do not count toward this promotion at this time).


Pokémon Shirts Mini-Pouches arrive on the heels of Pokémon Bandanas and Pokémon Masks, announced at the start of the holiday shopping season. The masks, bandanas and pouches come from the makers of Pokémon Shirts, a customized shirt service from Original Stitch in collaboration with The Pokémon Company, which has been available since February 2019.


“This is our holiday gift to fans,” said Marina Carroll, Marketing Manager at Original Stitch. “Giving back to the community that supported us with fun gifts is something we love to do. In addition, Pokémon Mini-Pouches support our passion for sustainability. They are made from fabric remnants left over from the tailoring of our shirts to reduce waste!”


Where to Purchase

Pokémon Shirts are available in the Pokémon shop at Original Stitch. Fans can get theirs today and choose from 251 fabrics or a plain base fabric to subtly customize the collar or cuff. Starting today, eligible purchases will include a Mini-Pouch while supplies last. In addition, the newly launched line of Pokémon Bandanas and Pokémon Masks make great stocking stuffers: 

https://pokemon.originalstitch.com/en/mask.html



Just how awesome are those prints?! Big fan of the Lickitung print, and I love that the Vileplume is a more subtle look, almost floral, so people might not even realise you are wearing something with Pokémon on.

That these are made of fabric leftover from their cutting process really appeals to me, anything that creates less waste in fashion is a great idea!

Much love,
Kitty xxxx

Original Stitch x Pokémon Company Holiday Surprise Release

Wednesday, 23 December 2020

 Original Stitch & The Pokémon Company have a new limited edition product, shirt mini pouches! Their fabrics are always so cute, and I am such a Pokémon fan, that I just had to share these with you.


Here is their press release - 


'The Pokémon Company & Original Stitch Unbox Holiday Surprise: Limited-Edition Pokémon Shirts Mini-Pouches featuring 251 Pokémon fabrics



SAN FRANCISCO & TOKYO, December 23, 2020—Original Stitch and The Pokémon Company today announced Pokémon Shirts Mini-Pouches, featuring designs from all 251 types of Pokémon print fabrics, showcasing Pokémon that appeared in the Pokémon Red and Pokémon Blue video games, as well as Pokémon Gold and Pokémon Silver. The Mini-Pouches will be offered to anyone who purchases a Pokémon shirt, including dress, casual, relaxed, polo, or kids’ items, at no additional cost while supplies last (masks and bandanas do not count toward this promotion at this time).


Pokémon Shirts Mini-Pouches arrive on the heels of Pokémon Bandanas and Pokémon Masks, announced at the start of the holiday shopping season. The masks, bandanas and pouches come from the makers of Pokémon Shirts, a customized shirt service from Original Stitch in collaboration with The Pokémon Company, which has been available since February 2019.


“This is our holiday gift to fans,” said Marina Carroll, Marketing Manager at Original Stitch. “Giving back to the community that supported us with fun gifts is something we love to do. In addition, Pokémon Mini-Pouches support our passion for sustainability. They are made from fabric remnants left over from the tailoring of our shirts to reduce waste!”


Where to Purchase

Pokémon Shirts are available in the Pokémon shop at Original Stitch. Fans can get theirs today and choose from 251 fabrics or a plain base fabric to subtly customize the collar or cuff. Starting today, eligible purchases will include a Mini-Pouch while supplies last. In addition, the newly launched line of Pokémon Bandanas and Pokémon Masks make great stocking stuffers: 

https://pokemon.originalstitch.com/en/mask.html



Just how awesome are those prints?! Big fan of the Lickitung print, and I love that the Vileplume is a more subtle look, almost floral, so people might not even realise you are wearing something with Pokémon on.

That these are made of fabric leftover from their cutting process really appeals to me, anything that creates less waste in fashion is a great idea!

Much love,
Kitty xxxx

AD (Gifted) Original Stitch x Pokémon Company Masks* & Bandanas

Saturday, 12 December 2020

 The lovely folks at Original Stitch have collaborated with the Pokémon Company to produce beautiful shirts, masks*, and bandanas, and they were recently kind enough to send me a few to try out!


I got my trust Snorlax teddy to help me model the masks, so you can really appreciate the adorable patterns. There are a huge amount of different prints available, all 151 Kanto Pokémon have their own print, and then you can choose what mesh to have your mask backed with.



This Slowbro print with a bonus appearance from Alolan Exeggutor, is lined with a pink mesh. It's such a fun tropical print and Slowbro looks like he is living his best life!


Bulbasaur is my favourite Kanto starter, and this print is just damn adorable!


And finally, you can never go wrong with a classic Pikachu print. This one is quite subtle, so if you want to show off your love of Pikachu in a less dramatic way, this could be perfect!



The banadanas also come in the same choice of prints, and are tagged with the Original Stitch logo. This is so soft and such good quality. I know I'll be wearing this in my hair, but there are so many other ways to wear a bandana too!


There are abstract patterns that feature Pokémon, black and white options, and really bright fun ones if that is more your thing too. I love the Lickitung, Vaporeon and Ditto prints in particular. With 151 to choose from, there is bound to be one you love.


Much love,


Kitty xxxx


(*) The mask is intended to be used as a fashion item and is not a practical product. Please note that there is no function to completely prevent infectious diseases.

AD (Gifted) Original Stitch x Pokémon Company Masks* & Bandanas

Saturday, 12 December 2020

 The lovely folks at Original Stitch have collaborated with the Pokémon Company to produce beautiful shirts, masks*, and bandanas, and they were recently kind enough to send me a few to try out!


I got my trust Snorlax teddy to help me model the masks, so you can really appreciate the adorable patterns. There are a huge amount of different prints available, all 151 Kanto Pokémon have their own print, and then you can choose what mesh to have your mask backed with.



This Slowbro print with a bonus appearance from Alolan Exeggutor, is lined with a pink mesh. It's such a fun tropical print and Slowbro looks like he is living his best life!


Bulbasaur is my favourite Kanto starter, and this print is just damn adorable!


And finally, you can never go wrong with a classic Pikachu print. This one is quite subtle, so if you want to show off your love of Pikachu in a less dramatic way, this could be perfect!



The banadanas also come in the same choice of prints, and are tagged with the Original Stitch logo. This is so soft and such good quality. I know I'll be wearing this in my hair, but there are so many other ways to wear a bandana too!


There are abstract patterns that feature Pokémon, black and white options, and really bright fun ones if that is more your thing too. I love the Lickitung, Vaporeon and Ditto prints in particular. With 151 to choose from, there is bound to be one you love.


Much love,


Kitty xxxx


(*) The mask is intended to be used as a fashion item and is not a practical product. Please note that there is no function to completely prevent infectious diseases.

My New Hobby : Acrylic Paint Pouring

Monday, 30 November 2020

 With lockdown and the pandemic not ending any time soon, I decided I needed a new hobby. I'd always wanted to get into painting, but wasn't quite sure how I wanted to do it. I knew it would be abstract, realism wasn't something I was going to be able to do, so I started exploring online and discovered paint pouring.





First thing I needed was some paint. My bestie Fal is an artist and she recommend The Works for cheap but decent acrylic paint. I ordered myself some of these Crawford & Black tubes, £2 for 200ml, in a variety of basic colours.


Next up is the prep. You need something to paint on. Most people paint on canvas, but I've been using wood. My husband has gotten into wood work so I've been pinching his offcuts to recycle for my art projects. I make sure the wood is smooth, give it a wipe with a damp cloth to make sure it isn't dusty, and then paint a base layer onto the wood. I'd recommend painting a base layer on any canvas if you are using that too. I let this dry for a day before I then began the pour itself.



The most important part of paint pouring is your mix. For acrylic paint you can get proper liquid for pouring, but for a budget option you can also use water, which is what I used. It needs to be a 50/50 mix of paint and water that flows nicely, but isn't watery. It's easiest to use clear plastic cups for this so you can see the mixture, and something like a lolipop stick to mix it. I used wooden BBQ kebab sticks to mix as this was what I happened to find in my kitchen drawer that I could use without buying anything else. You want it to be able to drip off the stick, but not run. You can also add a couple of drops of silicone oil which when combined with heat creates 'cells' in paint, but again, I haven't purchased any yet to try that out.


I laid out a plastic sheet on my kitchen table, and had three pieces of wood prepped to use. On YouTube a lot of the people who do paint pour videos have a lot of waste that drips off their canvas onto their work area, and I wasn't keen on that, so I decided I would put a smaller piece of wood in front of me to let the excess paint drip off onto, rather than waste it.


For my first attempt, I didn't want to use too many colours in case it went wrong. I picked out white, blue and green, atlas sort of colours, and figured I'd create some sort of surreal earth looking painting.


I started out pouring white paint onto the centre of the wood, creating a sort of pool. Then I poured blue directly onto the white, and then green directly on top of that too. Then it's time to pick up the wood and start tilting it to get the paint moving. I realised quite quickly that you need a lot more paint that you first anticipate in order for it to cover your base, so I added smaller pools of the three colours further towards the edges of the wood to make sure it would totally cover. As the paint ran off this wood I made sure to drip it onto the smaller piece of wood so I didn't waste the excess.


I also had a second piece of wood prepped as I thought I might have enough paint mixed to do that one too and I was right, and some! For these three I mixed approximately 50ml of paint with 50ml of water, and had some leftover of all three paints.


Once I was happy with how the painted had tilted and spread out across my first piece, I had a small bit of wood ready to pop it into so that it stayed raised off the plastic sheeting and didn't stick to it.




This is piece number one! I was so thrilled with how it came out. The wood I used wasn't totally flat and had some holes and marks in it, but this was just my first attempt so I don't mind.




This is the smaller piece of wood that I dripped the excess onto so I didn't waste it.




This is the other larger piece I did at the same time. If you find there are gaps that won't fill it's very easy to just pour a tiny amount more paint onto the base that you think will work. I usually try to add a couple of drops of more than one colour so it mixes in better rather than being an obvious blob of paint.


These don't have any sealant on them, so they will need varnishing or covering to protect the acrylic. Because of the thickness of the paint, these do take a lot of time to dry, it was a good three days before I could move these and then use my workspace again, so be sure you aren't occupying a space you need to  use anytime soon.


On the third day I decided to prep another 2 pieces of wood for another attempt. This time I utilised part of an old bit of wooden furniture. As all the edges were solid, I made sure to paint all four edges of the wood as then if I wanted to put it up on a wall without a frame I could. As the paint drips off the edges, they can easily become part of the art itself.


This time I wanted to go for some really contrasting colours. I had plenty of white mixed up from my first attempt that was still fine for me to use, the blue and green were also fine to use but I wanted to use different colours. Inspired by an old favourite pair of Converses with flames on, I mixed up some black, red and yellow to go with the white.




This time I made a lot of different smaller pools of paint in random mixtures across the whole piece of wood to get more movement. This was a much bigger piece of wood so I wanted to make sure I had plenty of paint ready.


I also had the piece of wood ready to catch the drips so as not to waste them, which is the piece below. The many small drips mean a lot more detail and smaller mixes of paint, so you can decide which look you prefer.




The other thing I will mention is that your hands will get covered in paint as you pour, so make sure you aren't wearing anything you don't want to get paint on, and that you have decent soap and an open door to where your sink is so you don't risk transferring paint onto doors when you are ready to wash up! I've not worn gloves to pour as acrylic paint is very easy to wash off, and disposable plastic gloves every time is just creating more plastic waste.

There are a lot of other ways to do paint pouring, including pouring all your different paints in one cup and pouring directly from that, using a hairdryer, and all sorts! I can't wait to experiment with more, and will probably invest in some canvasses in the new year to try out some larger scale pours.

Have you taken up a new hobby, or rediscovered an old one in 2020?

Much love,
Kitty xxxx


My New Hobby : Acrylic Paint Pouring

Monday, 30 November 2020

 With lockdown and the pandemic not ending any time soon, I decided I needed a new hobby. I'd always wanted to get into painting, but wasn't quite sure how I wanted to do it. I knew it would be abstract, realism wasn't something I was going to be able to do, so I started exploring online and discovered paint pouring.





First thing I needed was some paint. My bestie Fal is an artist and she recommend The Works for cheap but decent acrylic paint. I ordered myself some of these Crawford & Black tubes, £2 for 200ml, in a variety of basic colours.


Next up is the prep. You need something to paint on. Most people paint on canvas, but I've been using wood. My husband has gotten into wood work so I've been pinching his offcuts to recycle for my art projects. I make sure the wood is smooth, give it a wipe with a damp cloth to make sure it isn't dusty, and then paint a base layer onto the wood. I'd recommend painting a base layer on any canvas if you are using that too. I let this dry for a day before I then began the pour itself.



The most important part of paint pouring is your mix. For acrylic paint you can get proper liquid for pouring, but for a budget option you can also use water, which is what I used. It needs to be a 50/50 mix of paint and water that flows nicely, but isn't watery. It's easiest to use clear plastic cups for this so you can see the mixture, and something like a lolipop stick to mix it. I used wooden BBQ kebab sticks to mix as this was what I happened to find in my kitchen drawer that I could use without buying anything else. You want it to be able to drip off the stick, but not run. You can also add a couple of drops of silicone oil which when combined with heat creates 'cells' in paint, but again, I haven't purchased any yet to try that out.


I laid out a plastic sheet on my kitchen table, and had three pieces of wood prepped to use. On YouTube a lot of the people who do paint pour videos have a lot of waste that drips off their canvas onto their work area, and I wasn't keen on that, so I decided I would put a smaller piece of wood in front of me to let the excess paint drip off onto, rather than waste it.


For my first attempt, I didn't want to use too many colours in case it went wrong. I picked out white, blue and green, atlas sort of colours, and figured I'd create some sort of surreal earth looking painting.


I started out pouring white paint onto the centre of the wood, creating a sort of pool. Then I poured blue directly onto the white, and then green directly on top of that too. Then it's time to pick up the wood and start tilting it to get the paint moving. I realised quite quickly that you need a lot more paint that you first anticipate in order for it to cover your base, so I added smaller pools of the three colours further towards the edges of the wood to make sure it would totally cover. As the paint ran off this wood I made sure to drip it onto the smaller piece of wood so I didn't waste the excess.


I also had a second piece of wood prepped as I thought I might have enough paint mixed to do that one too and I was right, and some! For these three I mixed approximately 50ml of paint with 50ml of water, and had some leftover of all three paints.


Once I was happy with how the painted had tilted and spread out across my first piece, I had a small bit of wood ready to pop it into so that it stayed raised off the plastic sheeting and didn't stick to it.




This is piece number one! I was so thrilled with how it came out. The wood I used wasn't totally flat and had some holes and marks in it, but this was just my first attempt so I don't mind.




This is the smaller piece of wood that I dripped the excess onto so I didn't waste it.




This is the other larger piece I did at the same time. If you find there are gaps that won't fill it's very easy to just pour a tiny amount more paint onto the base that you think will work. I usually try to add a couple of drops of more than one colour so it mixes in better rather than being an obvious blob of paint.


These don't have any sealant on them, so they will need varnishing or covering to protect the acrylic. Because of the thickness of the paint, these do take a lot of time to dry, it was a good three days before I could move these and then use my workspace again, so be sure you aren't occupying a space you need to  use anytime soon.


On the third day I decided to prep another 2 pieces of wood for another attempt. This time I utilised part of an old bit of wooden furniture. As all the edges were solid, I made sure to paint all four edges of the wood as then if I wanted to put it up on a wall without a frame I could. As the paint drips off the edges, they can easily become part of the art itself.


This time I wanted to go for some really contrasting colours. I had plenty of white mixed up from my first attempt that was still fine for me to use, the blue and green were also fine to use but I wanted to use different colours. Inspired by an old favourite pair of Converses with flames on, I mixed up some black, red and yellow to go with the white.




This time I made a lot of different smaller pools of paint in random mixtures across the whole piece of wood to get more movement. This was a much bigger piece of wood so I wanted to make sure I had plenty of paint ready.


I also had the piece of wood ready to catch the drips so as not to waste them, which is the piece below. The many small drips mean a lot more detail and smaller mixes of paint, so you can decide which look you prefer.




The other thing I will mention is that your hands will get covered in paint as you pour, so make sure you aren't wearing anything you don't want to get paint on, and that you have decent soap and an open door to where your sink is so you don't risk transferring paint onto doors when you are ready to wash up! I've not worn gloves to pour as acrylic paint is very easy to wash off, and disposable plastic gloves every time is just creating more plastic waste.

There are a lot of other ways to do paint pouring, including pouring all your different paints in one cup and pouring directly from that, using a hairdryer, and all sorts! I can't wait to experiment with more, and will probably invest in some canvasses in the new year to try out some larger scale pours.

Have you taken up a new hobby, or rediscovered an old one in 2020?

Much love,
Kitty xxxx