Wednesday, November 30, 2016

Drip Paintings

I've been fooling around with dripping paint onto my pieces, with various tools and from various distances.  I am using Golden's High Flow paint, which is the consistency of ink, so you can really fling it around.  I am also experimenting with fluid acrylics mixed with Flow Release and other Golden mediums.  I haven't come up with specific formulas or recipes yet, but if I do, I will certainly share.  Another interesting variable is to drip the paint into a coat of wet medium.  For example, I brush a coat of Tar Gel mixed with a little water onto the panel, and drip paint into it.  GAC 500 is another good option. 
This is the upper left portion of a 20"x20" panel.  After experimenting with dripping, as describe above, I did a little squeeze-bottle drawing in white. 

This started with the bright colors and dripped High Flow paint, and water. The white area with green drips is the new experiment.

Then, of course, I covered up most of the painting.

And more...

This is where it is now; I added more of the white with drips and spatters.  I think I'll have to start with another bright-colors-with-drips, and see what else I can do with that kind of beginning.

This is a portion of an 18"x24" canvas, in process.

More experiments, this one on paper, done over a work-in-process or demo piece.

Ditto the above.
 Thanks for visiting!  When I figure out some specifics on this I will do a little video and share.  In the meantime, I'm just fooling around with this stuff.  I urge you to do the same,  if it interests you.

I usually get my paint supplies from Blick Art Materials, and here are links for the above-mentioned products: High Flow Acrylics, Fluid Acrylics, Flow Release, Clear Tar Gel, and GAC 500.

If you have specific technical questions about the materials (what is the difference between GAC 500 and Clear Tar Gel, for example), contact Golden.  But first read the extensive information on their web site.  It is a generous source of information.  Try other brands of mediums as well.  Have fun!


  1. Looks like lots of fun. I work indoors so I'm thinking I could try this by putting the piece in the bottom of a cardboard box - that would control the random splatters.

  2. There's always something else to try....and learn. Love where you're going with this.

  3. Love the energy these methods add — and the intersection/overlap of colors very cool!

  4. These are great! Tar gel sounds really fascinating. I've never heard of it. I picked up some small jars of house paint today with the intention of dripping and splattering it onto my paintings.

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  6. That looks absolutely stunning!
    Thanks for sharing this

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