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Acrylic Pours

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Acrylic Pours

I found this art technique on Pinterest when I was searching for art projects for my Special Education students. When I found these I then went to the various You Tube channels to watch various artists making their art. My next step before introducing it in the classroom was to attempt one of the paintings myself. I was hooked. These are such fun to make and I recently discovered a new product that can be made with the leftover paint. I will briefly touch on that at the end of this post.

I have learned a new art technique that I am totally in love with doing. It’s fun, messy, and most of the time, very pretty. It can be customized with any colors you like. And best of all, it’s hard to make a mistake.

Supplies needed:

  • Canvas: The size is optional. Just remember, the bigger the canvas, the more ingredients and paint you will need.
  • Sargent Art 22-8827 Pouring Medium Acrylic, 128 oz
  • Acrylic paint in your choice of colors.
  • Silicone (Click here): Acrylic Pour Oil for Art – 100% Pure Silicone – Large 6 oz. Size – Highest Grade – Magical Cell Forming Silicone Oil – Great Value
  • Paper cups
  • Plastic or rubber gloves: I used disposable gloves.
  • Craft sticks: You can use anything you have available to stir the paint. Just remember that whatever it is, it will be unusable after you finish your acrylic pour.
  • Measuring cup
  • Large thumb tacks or
    Hyde Tools 43510 Painters Pyramid (10 Pack), 1, Yellow
  • heat gun or kitchen torch

Measurements:

To accomplish this step, I use clear plastic cups although you could use type of small cup. I also use craft sticks to stir the paint after I have put in all ingredients. I use 2 oz. of the pouring medium, 2 oz. of paint color, and a few drops of the silicone pouring oil per color of paint that I will be using per canvas. I incorporate 3 to 4 colors into a painting within a single painting. This will adequately be enough paint to complete an 8 x 10 canvas. (With some left over paint for another project that I will explain later post.)

Directions:

Before beginning to pour the paint, you need to place your canvas on something that will elevate the canvas. At first I used extra large thumb tacks. The were just a little hard to remove from the canvas frame. Then I discovered the painters pyramids. These are available on Amazon.

After all paint has been mixed, I began this pour by pouring a little of the white onto the canvas. Then I chose the next color and poured it slowly into the middle of the white. It does not mix together, but layers the paint. I continued this pattern until I have used all of the colors.

You are now left with a colorful glob of paint on your canvas. At this point you can use the heat gun or kitchen torch to heat up the paint slightly. Be careful not to burn your paint or canvas. Only do this for a few minutes at the most. This will bring out “cells” throughout your painting.

Laying your heat source to the side, at this point it is advisable to wear some disposable gloves. You are going to get very messy. Take your canvas in your hands slowly tipping it back and forth to move the paint around the canvas. Make sure to let it drip over the edges creating a border. It is perfectly acceptable to pour more paint around the canvas in places that need more paint to cover the entire canvas.

It became obvious as I was maneuvering the paint around the canvas that I needed to add more paint.

As you maneuver the paint around the canvas make sure to cover the sides also. This is why it is advisable to wear disposable gloves. It does get very messy.

After the canvas is covered with the pattern you have coaxed it into making, place the canvas back onto the pyramids to dry. This may take 24 to 48 hours.

Have fun with your pours. I hope you will share yours with us.

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Meet My Family

Boy, I have really been slacking. No posts since October. 2019 WILL be a better year for my blog and for me personally. Although I truly love my job as an Intervention Specialist (special ed teacher), I have just started on the last 5 months of my career. I will be retiring on Sept. 1 after having spent 25+ years in the classroom. I am really ready for this next phase of my life.

That being said, let’s get on with the topic at hand. As my readers my know I have previously introduced them to my oldest daughter, Amanda, and her family. I have also written about my youngest, the only son, Kelsey, in a two part introduction. First I introduced his family and then filled in readers about the chronic foot problems that Kelsey suffers from. I began with the introduction of my youngest daughter, Hilary, and her family.

I saved the introduction of my second child and second daughter until last because she has been in the midst of some major life changes. At last, the changes have been made and I am proud to introduce Breanna Lyne and her family. Breanna’s name takes on parts of my mother’s middle name Ann and her father’s name Lyne.

Breanna Lyne

Breanna lives the farthest away from us, but it is only a little over an hour’s drive. She resides with her long time boyfriend, Kevin.

Brea, as we call her, is finishing her training as an esthetician. You can view her work on her Instagram page at breanna.lyne.esthetics.

I now have a person in the family that can wax my eyebrows for free. A frugal win for me. She has also worked on her sister’s eyelash extensions. Brea is fantastic at her job.

This is the perfect career for her due to her background in art. She is a fabulous artist and is very creative. You can view some of her art on her Instagram at breanna_lyne.

Kevin is also very artistic. He owns and works at his own tattoo shop. You can see some of his work on Instagram also.

Breanna has one daughter who is currently working at an IHop. Savannah is a lovely, young lady with a bubbly personality. She graduated from high school a couple of years ago and is still trying to find a career path that fits her unique abilities and interests.

Both Brea and Savannah are animal lovers and have adopted three rescue dogs between them.

Savannah and Breanna

This completes the introduction of my large extended family. My husband and I currently have 4 children, 4 bonus children (spouses and boyfriends), 12 grandchildren, and 3 great-children. We get together frequently and it is always a blast.

Thank you for letting me introduce my family to you. I would love to meet your family.

I hope to see you back to hear more about the antics of my large, loving, and lunatic family.

My life verse.

It’s been an extremely busy life.

I am working on my goals. What are your goals?

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Hello Readers,

It has been a few months since you have heard from me. It has been a very busy summer and an active first few weeks of school. I honestly can’t remember ever having so much paper work in years past. If you remember, I am a teacher for Special Education. Things are finally settling down into a more structured routine.

To begin again, I thought I would give you an update on my Second 1001 Things to do in 101 Days. (Click the title to read that post.)

No. 7 on this list was to increase the number of subscribers to this blog. I am pleased to report that this goal is progressing nicely.  In May of this year by subscribers numbered 2590. The first of this month, they numbered 4850. To say I’m pleased in an understatement. Thanks to you all!

No. 13 on my list was to finish the Koi pond. My daughter-in-law’s mother had given me a liner for the pond and we  had put rocks around it but had not actually set it up anymore than that.

I decided not to finish it and took it out instead. It would have taken so much money to get the electric to it for the pump. Not to mention stocking it with the fish and plants. I just could not justify adding that expense to the budget.

My 19th goal is to fix up the back yard area that is right off of our deck. I already had a Dwarf Pink Dogwood tree right in the center of this space. It is really beautiful in the spring when it blooms.

My granddaughter and I have decided to plant a fairy garden around it next spring. She completed a 4-H project which was a fairy garden and through both of us working on it, we became very interested in succulents which we had used. On a side note, she won first place in this category at the county fair and she earned the privilege of completing at the state fair level.

My son moved and replanted a hydrangea bush in the back, in a corner and then I chose some yellow and purple perennials to go along the pool fence. I always try to choose perennials so I won’t have to keep purchasing flowers every year. I still have a lot to do out there though.

One of the biggest goals I had on my list was to increase my output of DIY and craft projects throughout this time frame. I can honestly say that although this has been a real effort, I have managed to spend more time in my craft room this past  year.

One of the first crafts I did was for my son for Father’s Day. His wife had pick it out and brought me the “D” for the project. She and their children painted it before I added the letters made with my Cricut machine. Each of the kids’ hand prints are on it. It was a fun project.

Next, I finally completed a large burlap, sunflower wreath that my oldest daughter had wanted for her front door. This was my first wreath of this kind and it took me some time to make it. But I think it turned out very well.

 

One of my granddaughters turned 13 in July, so I worked on a project for her birthday. My 11 year old granddaughter helped me tie-dye a t-shirt for her. Would you believe I had never tie-dyed before? After it dried, I used the Cricut to add images and writing to the shirt. I hear that she likes the shirt a lot.

This next projects were decorating a couple of t-shirts for the 11 year old granddaughter. I love working with my Cricut machine. (I have learned so much about the Cricut, but there is so much more I want to learn. I am no longer intimated by this fantastic machine. I guess that took care of goal number 51 on my list.)

I have finished a couple more of the cushions for our outdoor furniture. I only have a couple more to complete.

Now, I have several projects in mind for Christmas gifts this year. You’ll have to stay tuned to read more about them in a post coming up soon.

Goal no. 56 is to purchase new deck furniture. I did purchase two wicker swivel rockers with a matching table for the upper deck. Also, I bought a pool side box to hold various supplies that seemed to be always laying around. I still need to replace loungers by the pool but that will need to wait until next spring.

The next goal I was able to knock off the list was to make homemade ice cream. I remember sitting outside on warm summer evenings while my grandfather continually cranked the ice cream maker until we had delicious homemade ice cream. A couple of years ago my husband purchased a Kitchen aide stand mixer for me for Christmas. I love that thing. I have made so much in it including noodles. Yeah, me.

I bought this ice cream maker attachment to go with it about a year ago and had attempted to use it once. And that was a disaster. I ruined the wire mixing attachment and had to buy a new one. But, I finally conquered the task of making homemade vanilla ice cream and it was delicious. I can’t wait to try other flavors.

My next goal that I have accomplished was the one I dreaded most, potty training my grandson who turned 3 in February of this year. I hate potty training so maybe that’s why it always seemed so difficult.

Up until this spring, any time I would mention using the toilet he would say never. If I tried to put underwear on him, he would scream and cry like I was torturing him. I finally had decided to wait until warmer weather and it worked like a charm. Once I put underwear on him and repeatedly took him to the toilet, he was trained within 2 days. Not even diapers overnight now. It was a miracle! He was the easiest child I ever trained.

Three out of my 12 grandchildren live with me and between their mother, their parental grandparents, and myself we were drowning in toys.   First, I went through the oldest child’s room (when he was not home of course). That finished number 79 on my list, purging toys. I purchased a shelving unit that  could hold 8 bins. I only bought 6 bins and left 2 areas open for shoes. It makes the room look so tidy, when the toys are picked up of course.

The next goal on my list that I finished was painting the dressers in Shyla’s room.  The dressers and bed are all complete. The match the walls in her room. For Christmas, I am making her a bedspread to match the colors, curtains, and theme of her room. Her room is the prettiest one in the house. Number 93 has now been marked off.

Number 94 on my list was to replace the sheers in the living room. I knew that they would not survive one more washing. Instead of replacing them, I decided to take them down and see if I could handle not having my windows covered. We do not live right on the road so people seeing in will not be a major problem. We’ll see how it goes.

As of now that is all I have finished of my list. I had better rev up my efforts if I want to accomplish all of my list by November 28, 2020. I still have 84 things on my list to finished.

My life verse.